The status of the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate is important, because if passed, the regulation would require all truck carriers to install ELDs in their trucks.
Currently, all commercial truck drivers are required to manually complete log books that detail the number of hours they have driven and the number of rest periods they have taken each day.
Logbooks maintain a record of the mandatory rest periods that drivers must observe, and they are designed to combat driver fatigue, which is one of the major causes of commercial truck wrecks.
The problem is that some truck drivers manipulate their logbooks and continue to drive beyond the limits imposed by the FMCSA, causing fatigued driving that could lead to devastating accidents.
ELDs would resolve this problem, because they cannot be falsified, and they provide real-time monitoring of driving hours and rest periods.
According to Glostone Trucking Solutions, the ELD mandate has survived a court challenge from a major trucking organization and is expected to go into effect without further obstacles in December of this year. (1)