FMCSA ELD Technology Problems

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FMCSA Faces Problems with ELD Technology As Enforcement Starts

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March 29, 2018 by Clarissa Hawes

FMCSA admitted there are problems with the ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) technology that digitally tracks driving time.

As regulators start enforcement of a rule that makes truckers use digital driving time trackers in their tractors, the agency in charge of the regulation conceded there are still problems with the technology.  Drivers are having trouble getting the ELDs to track time and transfer data accurately. Some ELDs are reporting that truckers are hundreds of miles away from their actual locations.  Starting April 1, 2018 drivers of heavy-duty trucks must have electronic logging devices in their vehicles to ensure compliance with the federal hours-of-service rules. The rule limits driving to no more than 11 hours a day within a 14-hour workday. Drivers must then be off duty for 10 consecutive hours.  Although the rule started in December, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration gave truckers a grace period and delayed enforcement until April 1. Truckers could be placed out of service and unable to drive for 10 hours if they don’t have a working ELD beginning on Sunday, April 1, 2018.