Dozens of truck drivers have shared with Business Insider that the electronic logging device mandate and the hours-of-service rules have damaged their ability to make a living and made their jobs more unsafe.
But now, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has proposed five changes to that law.
The changes will save some $274 million for businesses across America.
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One of the most-despised trucking laws is getting an overhaul.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which oversees all of America’s commercial drivers including its 1.8 million long-haul truckers, announced on Wednesday that it will modify the hours-of-service (HOS) rules, which have been in place since 1937.
The HOS laws were easy to flout, but, starting in December 2018, they were more rigorously enforced by electronic-logging devices (ELDs), which became required in every truck driver’s cabin. These devices ensure truckers don’t drive for more than 11 hours a day, work 14 hours a day total, and take regular breaks.
The FMCSA estimated in 2014 that requiring ELDs to enforce HOS could prevent up to 1,714 crashes, 522 injuries, and 24 deaths each year. But dozens of truck drivers have shared with Business Insider since the ELD mandate came into enforcement that the law has had the opposite effect.
Veteran truck driver Steve Manley, 52, told Business Insider last spring that the ELD mandate lowered his pay and made his job more unsafe.
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“The electronic logs are supposed to make it safer, but really it has created a hazardous race to beat the clock,” Nashville, Tennessee, resident Manley said. “Drivers are now more reckless than ever trying to …read more
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