The Trucking Alliance today issued a policy statement calling for the federal government to require ELDs in all CMVs regardless of commodity type or length of haul, and for state legislatures to require ELDs for all CMVs that operate exclusively within their borders.
The Alliance, which has advocated ELD use since 2010, wants them used by intrastate drivers and by those operating in interstate commerce within a 100 air mile radius of their work reporting location, which is not now required.
“Truck drivers no longer have paper logbooks to falsify,” said Alliance Managing Director Lane Kidd, “and state legislatures should consider doing what Congress has done and require all large trucks to install these devices to make sure drivers are obeying the law. ELDs should be as common in large trucks as seat belts are.”
The Alliance said its reasons are that: ELDs will improve Hours of Service; they report safety-related data; the ELD mandate is working; they will improve the supply chain; and ELDs are the law, not necessarily in that order.
ELDs are reducing driver fatigue, a large contributor to truck-related crashes, said the Alliance, citing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that 1,844 large truck crashes will be avoided and 26 lives saved each year by use of ELDs.
Data generated by ELDs will provide a more accurate picture of true trucking operations, including the accurate number of hours spent driving, the organization stated, not to mention how many hours of detention time is actually being spent at shippers’ and receivers’ locations.
The group said the ELD-generated data can be used to “develop sound policies” on detention time; truck parking shortages; HOS rules; highway infrastructure; and time lost from traffic congestion, among other things.
According to its website, The Alliance is a coalition of freight and logistics companies “that support the adoption of technology and regulations to improve safety in trucking, such as mandatory truck speed limiters, mandatory electronic logging devices, improved driver training and screening, and advanced safety assistance systems.”