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FMCSA Mandating Use of Electronic Logging Devices by Truckers to Prevent Accidents

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As of December 16, 2017, truck drivers will be required to utilize electronic logging devices to record their work status under a new rule set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Currently, truck drivers can use paper logs. The goal of this rule is to reduce injuries and deaths in truck accidents.

What Data Electronic Logging Devices Will Provide

Under the rule, electronic logging devices will need to meet specific standards, and the trucker must keep some supporting documentation. Important requirements of the rule include:

  • Electronic logging devices must be able to automatically record key information, such as date, time, and location information, engine hours, vehicle miles, and identification information on the driver.
  • The trucker must maintain a maximum of eight supporting documents that can be either paper or electronic for each 24-hour period that includes on-duty time. The documentation can be comprised of itineraries or schedules showing the trip origin and destination, expense receipts, or other approved documents.

Truck drivers are required to provide the data and documents to the trucking company, and it must maintain these records for at least six months. This rule does not apply to truckers driving trucks that are older than the model year 2000.

The data truckers will be required to document with the electronic logging devices could help accident victims obtain vital information regarding the trucker’s true day on the date he caused the accident, including how many miles he drove, where and when he stopped and took a break, and how much of the day he was actually driving. It could help poke holes into what the trucker says he did versus what he really did.

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Category: Trucking "Big Rig" Accidents


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