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- May 3, 2016
- by Chris Posey
- compliance, electronic logging device, hours of service,
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In December 2015, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced the adoption of a Final Rule aimed at improving roadway safety by employing technology to strengthen commercial truck and bus drivers’ compliance with Hours of Service (HOS) regulations. The rule mandates the use of an Electronic Logging Device (ELD) that synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time. By automating, recording, and storing all driver logs directly from the cab, drivers and fleet managers can reap the safety and financial benefits of the decision while ensuring that they remain compliant with FMCSA’s industry-impacting rule.
According to the 126-page ELD Final Rule, FMCSA anticipates saving more than $1 billion, in great part due to a significant reduction in industry paperwork. Even more significant, the ELD Final Rule is estimated to save 26 lives and prevent 562 injuries resulting from crashes involving large commercial motor vehicles. In addition, the Administration projects 1,844 fewer crashes annually as a result of the decision.
How does the FMCSA Rule impact you?
Are you a commercial carrier? If so, FMCSA’s rule will impact your company directly. The four main elements of the ELD Final Rule – elements that your organization will need to consider – include:
- Requiring commercial truck and bus drivers who currently use paper log books to maintain hours-of-service records to adopt ELDs within two years.
- Strictly prohibiting commercial driver harassment.
- Setting technology specifications detailing performance and design requirements for ELDs.
- Establishing new HOS document requirements that will result in additional paperwork reductions. 1
The compliance date for the rule is December 18, 2017, and it will affect an estimated three million drivers. While these numbers are daunting, TouchStar’s eLOG compliance application can help take the guesswork out of HOS compliance and help fleet managers maintain accurate, hassle-free driver logs.
How is eLOG different?
Most ELDs require that drivers manually start and stop the logging process as they begin and end their routes. Problems arise when drivers inadvertently fail to begin or end the log. When using TouchStar’s eLOG application, driving status automatically begins when vehicle motion is detected with GPS tracking functionality. Drivers need not remember to initiate any further sequence – they simply press the gas pedal and eLOG automates the rest.
TouchStar’s eLOG application is unique in that it effectively eliminates potential gaps that can arise from human error or oversight by automating vehicle start/stop logging. Once collected, all driver log data can be automatically transferred to a back office system.
Feature-rich, highly efficient, and focused on compliance, TouchStar’s eLOG application’s accuracy is matched only by its simplicity. You can learn more about eLOG and other TouchStar Compliance Applications on the TouchStar website at https://www.touchstargroup.com/electronic-driver-logs.
This post is the first of two addressing ELD/hours of service compliance. Read the second post: Is Your Fleet HOS Compliant?
1 10 December 2015. “Electronic Logging Devices to be Required Across Commercial Truck and Bus Industries.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, updated: December 18, 2015. Retrieved from https://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/newsroom/electronic-logging-devices-be-required-across-commercial-truck-and-bus-industries#sthash.idt5pybL.dpuf.