Truckers to Use Electronic Logs This Month Says CVSA

Take notice. All truckers to use electronic logs starting December 17th. In a press release, the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance confirmed that on December 17, it would start to implement the mandate for electronic logging equipment and said that truckers would not have a soft-enforcement grace period to adopt the latest technology.

Agency Compliance

The agency complies with the regulations introduced by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Truckers could use automatic onboard recording devices previously, but changing the rules will require all truck drivers to use ELDs now, according to a press release issued on Monday. This rule is fully enforced from 17 December, according to the release.

The ELD mandate was initially implemented in December 2017 and was designed to enforce truckers ‘ hours-of-service rules to prevent crashes and injuries. However, several truckers said that the order had damaged their ability to make a living and to make their jobs unsafe.

In response to complaints, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revised its rules on hours of service in August and left the ELD mandate untouched.

A new change to its unpopular electronic-logging devices (ELDs) mandate on 17 December, without a ‘soft enforcement’ period, was confirmed by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA).

Truckers to Use Electronic Logs

The agency said that drivers of long-haul trucks either had to use an electronic logging device or an automated onboard logger starting in December 2017 and had three months’ grace period to their truck drivers to adjust to rules.

And CVSA’s task, utilizing roadside inspections, is to enforce FMCSA legislation without any allowance for drivers who move from the old online recording device to the latest change in the mandate of FMCSA.

Electronic Logs Original Mandate

Originally the ELD mandate had been designed to assist truckers in enforcing hours of service by ensuring that truckers do not drive for more than 11 hours a day, that they only work up to 14 hours a day, and that they take regular breaks.

Many truckers pushed themselves to beat the clock, with no regard for the consequences.

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