The federal government just confirmed it will enforce a law that truckers hate starting this month
- The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance confirmed in a press release that it would begin enforcing the electronic-logging-device mandate on December 17, and noted that truckers would have no 'soft enforcement' grace period to adopt the latest technology.
- The agency enforces rules implemented by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Previously, truckers could alternatively use automatic onboard recording devices but a change to the rules requires that all truck drivers now use ELDs, according to a press release sent out Monday. That rule would be fully enforced beginning December 17, the release said.
- The ELD mandate originally came into effect in December 2017, and was intended to enforce hours-of-service rules for truckers to help prevent crashes and injuries.
- But several truckers told Business Insider that the mandate had instead damaged their ability to make a living, and made their jobs more unsafe.
- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revised its hours-of-service rules in August in response to complaints, but left the ELD mandate untouched.
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A widely unpopular ruleThe ELD mandate was originally intended to help enforce hours-of-service rules for truckers, by ensuring truckers don't drive for more than 11 hours a day, that they work a maximum of 14 hours a day, and that they take regular breaks. But it has drawn the ire of truck drivers who complain that the mandate has slashed salaries and just made the job more unsafe.
Truckers like Steve Manley, 52, told Business Insider last May that the ELD mandate had simply pushed drivers to beat the clock, with no regard for the consequences."The electronic logs are supposed to make it safer, but really it has created a hazardous race to beat the clock," Manley said. "Drivers are now more reckless than ever trying to make it to their destination before the clock runs out with the mandatory breaks and such."This August, the FMCSA announced it would modify its longstanding hours-of-service rules, in response to the many driver complaints it had received about the ELD mandate. It made five changes, to make truck driver shifts more flexible. But it left the electronic-logging-device requirement untouched.
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