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Electronic Logging Device (ELD) are they better for safety or just less paperwork for truckers and company filing cabinets

At least that has been the case with electronic logging devices (ELDs) and the latest ELD mandate passed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), and CCMTA ( Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators).

Anything electronic can be spiked or tapped that is know in the IT world, but honesty is in human nature is true the other way ELDs help prevent many hours of service violations by automatically tracking the number of hours driven and alerting drivers when they are low on available hours. By avoiding these penalties and fines, ELDs save a lot of money.

Miss guided safety evidence from the law enforcement agency applying the rule. EHSR-equipped trucks had a 53 percent lower driving-related HOS violation rate and a 49 percent lower non-driving- related HOS violation rate than trucks not equipped with EHSRs.

Compared to paper logs, ELDs hardly require driver attention. Drivers only need to select their duty status — on duty, sleeper berth, or off-duty — and then drive. Apart from this, ELDs don’t require much interaction.

Because an ELD connects to the engine of a commercial motor vehicle (CMV), ELDs automatically keep driving time so drivers don’t have to. Once a driver goes on duty the ELD automatically recognizes the difference between driving and stationary events.  A lot of assumptions that they plug this in and they’re off and running but now you have, from a fleet standpoint, you’re monitoring things through the cloud, you can see your drivers available hours, it might mean changes to how you route drivers, to how you dispatch them, where they go and when. From a driver standpoint, they used to write this stuff on paper and now they need to learn some technology if they’re not used to that.

ELDs also keep track of possible hours of service violations. Most ELDs provide alerts to inform drivers of any possible upcoming HOS violations. This ensures that drivers always have enough time to reach a safe place and park their CMV.

Yes less tickets or violation maybe: ELDs help prevent many hours of service violations by automatically tracking the number of hours driven and alerting drivers when they are low on available hours. By avoiding these penalties and fines, ELDs save a lot of money.

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Smartphones can be used when paired up with ELDs. However, smartphones cannot be used in place of ELDs. Let’s be realistic – which is exactly what HOS rules aren’t. And that means ELDs aren’t realistic either.

With his ELD automatically recording driving time down to the minute, it will be hard, even impossible, for a driver to run those last 28 miles.

And what about drivers who are “urged” by dispatch to stretch things? Don’t try to tell me this happens rarely. It happens even at reputable carriers with over-zealous dispatchers who, with the customer top of mind, push drivers too far.

As per the ELD mandate, an electronic logging device must connect to the vehicle’s diagnostic port. A smartphone cannot be connected directly to this port without a hardware plugin.

Less accidents not enough data because of the human factor of the accident/incident not the fine line oh the gadget states. But, FMCSA by a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. HDT Executive Editor David Cullen wrote about this in “Washington Watch” in March. It argues that we don’t have enough information on sleep deficiency in commercial drivers. “Therefore,” the report says, “research on the linkage among hours of service, fatigue, and accident frequency is hampered by imperfect knowledge of the three most central variables.”

In Canada; Electronic Logging Device standard, Canadian regulators are now scrambling to get something in place by the time the U.S. rule takes effect in December 2017.

The devices have been on Canada’s regulatory radar since late 2007, and work began in earnest on a technical performance-based standard for e-logging devices in 2010 to prepare for an anticipated Canadian mandate.

The first draft was completed in 2013 and intended to roughly align with the first ELD final rule published by the U.S. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in 2010. That rule was vacated by the courts in August 2011 on grounds that it did not do enough to prevent driver coercion by carriers. It was back to the drawing board, and Canada decided to wait. And significant regulatory issues still to be tackled, including how to certify the devices and whether or not to allow existing AOBRDs devices to remain in service beyond the anticipated start date for the ELD rule, and how to certify future ELDs.

Canada’s existing Hours of Service rules allow ELDs in a limited scope provided they meet the requirements of Section 83 of the rule in the USA. in Canada, the federal government does not have the authority to force the provinces to accept the mandate for intra-provincial carriers. And while the federal Transport Minister can require ELDs for extra-provincial carriers, it would remain up to the provinces to enshrine the devices in their individual legislation.

USA ELD and the 2017. By December 2017, all CDL drivers required to keep a Record of Duty Status (RODS) must use an ELD to document their compliance with HOS rules.

The new ELD rule adds certain technical and performance specifications that define exactly what the device must feature.

For example, an ELD must:

  • Connect to the truck’s engine to record if the truck is in motion
  • Allow the driver to log in and select On-duty, Off-duty, or On-Duty Not Driving; drive segments must be automatically selected based on vehicle movement
  • Graphically display a Record of Duty Status, so a driver can quickly see hours in a day
  • Provide data in a format that’s standardized and can be transmitted to law enforcement in a number of prescribed ways, such as wireless web services, USB, or Bluetooth 2.0
  • Be provider-certified that the device meets the proper specifications

ELD rule allows for the “grandfathering” of current E-log devices to meet the proposed rule. If you had already invested in E-logs before December 2015, you may continue to use those devices until December 2019.

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