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Details About the FMCSA’s ELD Outreach Tour

Details About the FMCSA’s ELD Outreach Tour

It won’t be long before carriers are required to change their logging practices for good. At the end of the year, a federal mandate requiring a switch to electronic logging devices will go into effect.

Paper logbooks will become a thing of the past, with regulators claiming the change will guarantee accuracy in the way driving hours are recorded. While many large and mid-sized carriers have already made the switch, a good portion of the industry still needs to comply with the mandate.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently announced a tour to help carriers and drivers transition to ELDs before the December 18th deadline.

The tour, which is being called an implementation national tour, promises subject-matter experts from the agency and driver-focused presentations on ELD implementation. Discussion panels dedicated to the subject and strategies to make the change easier will be featured at many trucking events and trade shows in the next several months. This includes the Iowa 80 Truckstop Jamboree, Great American Trucking Show, and North American Commercial Vehicle Show.

The tour will spread around the United States, providing widespread assistance for the trucking industry in this period of change. The topic of ELDs was first discussed from a regulatory perspective years ago, with 2016 marking the year when things really began moving toward a paper-free logging system.

Concerns about drowsy drivers and accident rates led many safety advocates to question the amount of hours drivers were working. Some claimed that paper log books allowed carriers and drivers to create inaccurate records, enabling them to driver for longer periods than that allowed by law.

While many in the industry claimed that this move would not do much to further safety, larger groups in freight transport have been supportive of the switch. Though many claim it is nothing more than a dedicated effort to push smaller companies out of the market, the mandate shows no signs of being overturned at this point.

ELDs are just one way that the trucking industry is moving toward a digital future. Paper processing for other aspects of the freight industry is also being phased out, with electronic logging seeming like the future in more ways than one.

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