Drivers from Canada and Mexico who drive on U.S. roadways will also be required to comply. Tow truck drivers, drivers who record their hours using time cards, and drivers who operate trucks and buses older than the 2000 model year are currently exempt from this new regulation.
Having just gone into effect this month, companies will have twenty-four months to comply. Under certain conditions and pending the approval of the FMCSA, hours may be recorded using a smart phone or other wireless device in lieu of the ELD.
ELD technology is expected to help roadside safety inspectors uncover dangerous violations of the law, and is expected to save at least $1 billion annually by eliminating paperwork. Critics feel that the new rule is unnecessary and expensive, saying that the expense involved will only make existing industry problems worse (like the massive truck driver shortage, for example). However, this new regulation is largely agreed to be long overdue, and expect a positive impact on road safety.
Truck accidents cause more than 3,500 deaths every year, many of which result when fatigued drivers fail to take their required rest breaks. Use of the new electronic logging devices is expected to save more than 26 lives per year and prevent more than 560 injuries.
Contact a Detroit truck accident attorney at Goodman Acker P.C. to talk about your accident and options for pursuing compensation.