Federal law required trucking professionals to install electronic logging devices (ELDs) in their trucks by Dec.18, 2017. But a recent poll by CarrierLists found that many owner-operators and other professionals in the transportation field are delaying their installation. While truck drivers and companies have been adopting the devices at a steady rate, that rate has recently plateaued.
Purpose of ELDs
An ELD is meant to create a safer work environment for truck drivers by logging the hours they drive, their locations, and their trucks’ engine performance. In turn, this should reduce the number of truck accidents on the road.
Ideally, when a truck starts to experience mechanical problems, the ELD will record and report these problems so the driver can have the necessary repairs made to avoid creating a safety hazard.
By recording a vehicle’s movement status and location, employers can track how a truck driver used their time. It can also be used to ensure that drivers do not drive beyond their permitted time limits, which are meant to keep them well-rested and to prevent accidents due to fatigued driving.
ELD Adoption Statistics
According to the survey by CarrierLists published in late November 2017, many truck drivers were still using paper logs to record their hours, rather than installing ELDs.
Another study was published by HELP Inc. in December 2017 and found the following:
- Forty-nine percent of respondents had not yet installed ELDs in their trucks.
- Thirty-three percent had selected and installed an ELD, while 18 percent had selected theirs, but not installed it yet.
- Of respondents who had not installed an ELD, 68 percent did not plan to do so by the December 18 deadline. Twenty-six percent replied that they were not convinced the mandate would actually go into effect, and 31 percent reported that they have no plan to install an ELD.
Under current federal law, truck drivers carrying freight may only drive for up to 11 consecutive hours after being off duty for at least 10 consecutive hours. In a workday, a truck driver cannot drive beyond 14 consecutive hours while on duty. Drivers also may not drive more than 60 hours in a seven-day period or 70 hours in an eight-day period.
These regulations protect truck drivers and all other motorists and pedestrians on the roadway. When a driver is fatigued from a long period behind the wheel, they can lose focus on the roadway and all the tasks involved in driving. It can be easy for a driver to make a simple judgment error, or, in an extreme case, fall asleep while driving.
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