Truck drivers prepare for nationwide ELD regulation

Electronic logging devices, or ELDs, will replace paper logs documenting time truckers spend on the road. The regulation is meant to prevent accidents caused by sleepy drivers.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2017 9:41 PM
Updated: Dec. 8, 2017 10:45 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - New regulations are coming to the trucking industry aimed at keeping everyone on the road safe.

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Electronic logging devices, or ELDs, will replace paper logs documenting time truckers spend on the road. The regulation is meant to prevent accidents caused by sleepy drivers.

Truckers across the country are installing the device to their dash to comply with a new nationwide regulation taking effect December 18th.

Mike Morris is the President of Morris Trucking in Terre Haute. He says he has twenty-seven trucks in his fleet and he paid up to eight hundred dollars for each device. It's an added cost he says will be past on in shipping fees.

Morris explains the electronic logging devices work by connecting directly to the engine, turning on and off with the vehicle.

The change does not impact how long drivers can stay on the road. Truckers are limited to eleven hours of driving in a fourteen hour period, then ten hours of rest.

Morris says drivers have to abide by the law regardless of how the hours are documented.

The regulation can be enforced during a traffic stop. At any time, the Department of Transportation can audit the data. If drivers are not following the rules it could cost them thousands of dollars.

Morris says he does not think the new regulation will have much of an impact on safety bu tit could streamline the logging process.

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