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FMCSA Recommends Universal Use of Electronic Log Systems

FMCSA Recommends Universal Use of Electronic Log Systems

Electronic log systems have numerous benefits for both the truck driver and the trucking company. A recent study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration revealed that these devices can easily reduce the occurrence of 18-wheeler accidents on our roads.

Truck Drivers & Electronic Log SystemsElectronic log systems (also known as ELS systems) are devices fitted in a truck or transportation vehicle and are capable of logging critically important driving data such as speed, duration, brake usage, and most importantly – time spent driving.

These devices have the potential to maximize productivity and enhance efficiency given their accuracy and dependability.

At the same time, a test carried out by the FMCSA found that ELD-equipped tracks have a lower crash rate of 11.7 percent as well as a 5.1 percent lower preventable crash rates.

How ELD Systems Work

Electronic log systems use position history and other related factors to track daily logs. This provides drivers with real-time information that they can use to plan their trips based on the number of available hours.

In the past, many transport companies had chosen to disregard the federally-mandated hours-of-service laws (hours within which an individual may operate a vehicle). However, electronic log systems would prevent logbook tampering as it’s all electronic. This ensures that drivers stick to the true HOS rules, and don’t strain themselves and end up driving fatigued. This in turn reduces the number of truck accidents on our roads.

Enhanced Productivity

Electronic log systems may also have a large part to play when it comes to enhancing productivity. Information in the device can be accessed by transport managers who can then provide drivers with their next routes without them having to wait to be provided with this information manually.

Drivers also can make more money without having to worry about filling in logbooks or making manual calculations. Information logged by the system is sent back to the transport company headquarters via satellite, freeing drivers from the intricacies of log books and focusing their eyes on the road and tasks ahead.

The FMCSA is now lobbying for the near-universal use of electronic log systems. Relevant bodies have asked the agency for a one month extension in order to understand how the technology works as well as its long-term implications.

Electronic log systems have the potential to change the trucking landscape, an industry that’s known for flouting numerous safety rules in order to maximize profits at without taking the safety of other road users into account. They’re also invaluable when it comes to investigating an 18-wheeler accident. If you were in a trucking accident, and believe the electronic logs could help your case, call us at 1-800-ATTORNEY right now!

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