Long Haul Mandate for Electronic Logging Devices Is Finally on the Books

This article discusses the new rule for electronic logging devices (ELD) to be used to record when a commercial truck or bus is moving. The U.S. Department of Transportation rule is designed to reduce fatigue-related crashes by drivers who may have altered their pen-and-paper logbooks. Hours-of-service regulations govern how much time truck drivers can be on the road and when and for how long they need to rest. The article reviews the history of this rule’s evolution and final acceptance; the potential safety benefits of the rule (including how many lives are anticipated to be saved); the support of the American Trucking Associations, which originally opposed the mandate for ELDs; and some of the technical details of how the ELDs work by monitoring engine hours, vehicle movement, miles driven, and location. The author notes that Canada- and Mexico-based truckers will also have to follow this new rule when operating on U.S. roads. An illustration notes the many steps, from 1971 to the present, that were taken to get this mandate approved. Readers are referred to related articles and provided a link to the pdf of the full study under discussion.


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  • Accession Number: 01597767
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 14 2016 6:27AM