As you may already know, a law requiring truckers to use an electronic logging device (ELD) went into effect near the end of 2017. The government believes that ELDs will keep truckers from driving too many hours, thus reducing truck driver fatigue as well as trucking accidents. In order to be an acceptable device, an ELD should have the following features.

  • Connect to a truck’s engine and record any motion
  • Enable drivers to login and select from a number of options
  • Give drivers an easily viewable display to enable hour tracking
  • Have the ability to transmit driving data to law enforcement
  • Meet the right specifications and be certified

Any rule or law that could minimize the risk of experiencing a truck accident for Tennessee residents is valuable. However, the public needs to understand that some exceptions to the ELD rule exist. Below you will find a few examples of situations in which the ELD law may not apply.

  • Drivers operating a truck manufactured before 2000 may still use paper logs, which are easy to falsify
  • Trucks equipped with an Automatic On-board Recording Device (AOBRD) will not have to change to the ELD system until the end of 2019
  • Commercial vehicles that perform “driveaway-towaway operations” do not have to have an ELD installed

It is admirable that the government is looking to address the nation’s trucking accident problem, but it is clear that more work is needed. Until lawmakers insist that all trucks comply with the ELD rule and other laws, it is often up to a victim and his or her lawyer to hold truck companies and drivers responsible for trucking accident injuries.

Source: EldFacts.com, “ELD Facts,” accessed May 02, 2018