FMCSA believes the devices will improve safety

We found a great article on the Electronic Log Mandate ruling on the truckinginfo.com website

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration will publish its final rule mandating the use of electronic logging devices some time this year, according to Joe DeLorenzo, director of FMCSA’s office of enforcement and compliance.

Speaking at the Omnitracs Outlook user conference in Dallas Feb. 10, DeLorenzo said that when he’s talking about ELDs, he’s talking about the upcoming rule. “There are no ELDs right now,” he said. Rather current regulations refer to automated onboard recording devices (49 CFR 395.15).

The reasons for the ELD mandate are pretty straight forward, he said. FMCSA believes the devices will improve safety and will improve the recording of drivers’ hours and cut down on citations that result from simple paperwork errors driver may make.

The ELD rule will also provide uniformity. “Right now, there are a lot of devices out there,” he said. “We’ll get to a point with this rule where we will have uniformity” across the industry. A key point for carriers, he said is to “know the difference between the devices you are using now and make sure your drivers are well versed in how to use them.”

On the topic of how crashes and accountability and how that is recorded in the agency’s SMS, he noted, “it’s a difficult topic.” He noted that a recent study tried to address how the agency handles accountability. It’s a difficult situation because while they found that police accident reports could be useful in determining accountability, “we don’t get police accident reports on all crashes.” Plus, when they compared police accident reports with the fatal accident reporting system (FARS), they found there was […]