Truckers won’t immediately be told to stop driving if they don’t comply with a new rule that requires the use of electronic logging devices to digitally track the hours they drive and starts Dec. 18.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, an agency charged with enforcing the so-called ELD mandate, has set April 1 to begin applying the out-of-service criteria related to the pending regulation.

The move will “ease the transition” and will “help those motor carriers that have not prepared for the ELD requirement,” Collin Mooney, the alliance’s executive director, wrote in a Aug. 25 letter to Daphne Jefferson, deputy administrator of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

“CVSA member jurisdictions have used this phased in approach in the past when implementing a significant change in the regulatory requirements,” Mooney said.

Mooney said the alliance strongly opposes any delays in implementing the regulation.

Starting on Dec. 18, “inspectors and roadside enforcement personnel will begin documenting violations on roadside inspection reports and, at the jurisdiction's discretion, will issue citations to commercial motor vehicle drivers operating vehicles without a compliant ELD,” he said.

But waiting the additional months before revoking driving privileges “will provide the motor carrier industry, shippers and the roadside enforcement community with time to adjust to the new ELD requirement with minimal disruption to the delivery of goods,” Mooney said.

The ELD mandate has been a contentious issue for the trucking industry.

While the rule has the support from the American Trucking Associations, a trade group representing independent truckers tried to stop implementation, arguing that the digital tracking violates driver rights.

In June, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association lost a bid to have the Supreme Court hear the group’s argument against the requirement by the Department of Transportation and its FMCSA division to install the devices.

OOIDA argued that requiring ELDs on commercial vehicles would violate truck drivers’ privacy and foster carrier harassment over driving hours. The mandate will impact more than 3.5 million commercial drivers.

The FMCSA has pushed for electronic logging to prevent driver cheating on paper logs. The devices link to a semi-truck’s engine, capturing the movement of the truck and recording how much time a trucker is at the wheel. By law, drivers are limited to 11 hours of driving daily.

The FMCSA estimates that ELDs will prevent 1,844 crashes, 562 injuries and save 26 lives annually by keeping exhausted drivers off the road.

Switching to electronic logs is expected to eliminate more than $1.6 billion in paperwork costs for motor carriers and law enforcement agencies reviewing drivers’ logs, according to the federal agency.

6 Responses

  1. delles

    failed to take into considetation that it will cause double the wrecks, double the lives, triple the hurt. in accidents. will put alot more exausted drivers on road at prime time. not a smart move.

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    • Armando Arce

      I am a truck driver this shit going to put me out of business my rates just doubled I am not carrying nothing unless it pays me three dollars a mile that’s gonna drive the industry crazy I know that we as truckers NEED to stick together and stop this madness that’s gonna ruin our jobs are we a bunch of wanna bees in this industry or are we Americans wheels why do we have to answer to them they should answer to US we run this shit not them but no we bend over and let the government just have there way with us and we go happily wow ballless bunch of pussies

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      • Tourist

        Go where the money is and you’ll find all the answers.

        Do you think the big boys rather loose millions to the O/Os or lobby the congress for a few mill and make it impossible for the small companies to be profitable and thus effectively monopolize the industry?

        The big players like Schnider, JB Hunt, Swift etc… will survive simply on volume and drop and hook loads, where the smaller “Eddie” will get the short end of the stick. Welcome to Capitalism at it’s finest.

        PS. I am against the EDLs if it wasn’t evident by the above statement.

  2. Vlad

    For all the people that think that this will cause less accidents are morons. With ELD’s, drivers have to run against the clock. So it means more trucks are going to be on the road in rush hour, when they are sick, and even in bad weather. Since before they could “cheat” the hours to avoid such things and be much safer overall. Drivers following a machines orders is the worst thing we can do for them, since they are not ROBOTS. All it would take to get rid of elds is just ONE day for all truck drivers to just stop driving. Maybe then they will see who runs the country:)

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  3. Phil

    Imagine any other group of people in America being required to have these tracking devices on them. There would be tremendous outrage. Truck drivers get no consideration at all when it comes to laws. I hate to complain but these eld/tracking devices are the ultimate example of drivers not getting basic human rights recognized. I’m thinking more and more that “safety” is just a cover for laws/regs that would otherwise be unacceptable.

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