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FMSCA to release proposal to require electronic logging devices (ELD) is all trucks

Written by Steve Gursten Posted January 24th, 2014

Electronic logging device trucks

Today I’d like to discuss an important  safety measure  in the works from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). The FMSCA is nearly ready to release a proposal that would require electronic logging devices (ELDs) in all semi trucks.

Electronic logging devices are attached to the engines of commercial motor vehicles to capture speed, distance and driver location data. They also usually require driver interaction — to provide duty status details or vehicle inspection information, for instance. The data captured can help provide critical assessments of fleet and truck driver performance. The technology can help prevent truck accidents and identify unsafe truck drivers.

This rule is  mandated in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21 Act), which our truck lawyers frequently discuss on this blog.

FMSCA Administrator Anne Ferro expressed optimism that the ELD proposal would be out within the next 30 days during a recent session regarding the FMCSA’s research at the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting. She revealed that she and others have been working on the ELD proposal for a great deal of time – to the tune of some years. “I think we’re all seeing the light at the end of that tunnel,” she said.

This is an immense development for truck safety. ELDs can be a powerful tool in the war against unsafe trucking companies, as the FMSCA and truck lawyers protecting crash victims will  be able to access all of the data and evidence from every single accident once this rule is implemented.

The ELDs will also help motor carrier safety mangers keep a closer eye on their truck drivers, and intervene when there are safety issues.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.