(Gary Wollenhaupt – Supply Chain Dive)
The goal of the ELD mandate was to reduce traffic accidents caused by truck driver fatigue aided by falsified paper logbooks that allowed drivers to flout the hours-of-service rules. ELDs are digital devices connected to the truck’s engine that record the driver’s status according to existing hours of service regulations.
The trucking group cited statistics showing that hours of service violations are down 46% so far. The FMCSA estimates 1,844 large truck crashes and 26 fatalities will be saved each year due to the ELD mandate.
However, the alliance asserts that ELD exemptions for large segments of the industry could still allow some drivers to skirt the rules with paper logs, leaving them at a higher risk for accidents. Click here to read more.
- Trucking Alliance Policy Statement
- Survey Indicates Up To 29% Of Fleets Haven’t Installed ELDs (Go By Truck News)