The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has mandated that ELDs, or electronic logging devices, be installed on all commercial trucks. However, some trucking companies in Louisiana and elsewhere in the U.S. believe that the mandate is, for several reasons, an unfair one.
The mandate has several purposes: to create a safer work environment, facilitate the recording of drivers' records and prevent cheating on paper logs. An ELD is attached to the truck's engine, enabling it to record when the engine is running, how long it runs and how many miles the vehicle covers. Considering how the FMCSA requires drivers to stop working after a maximum of 11 hours on the road, ELDs may help prevent hundreds of fatigue-related crashes every year.
On the other hand, some believe that the mandate involves a continuous invasion of truckers' privacy that could actually be detrimental to safety. They also claim that when companies rely on ELDs to monitor work hours, they will pay their employees only for the time when they were driving, not for those hours when they were waiting for a load. Others believe that the mandate is the government's way of killing small trucking businesses. ELDs have been long in use by major truck carriers like UPS and FedEx.
Even with the mandate, accidents can continue to occur because of truck driver fatigue. Some drivers may even be prompted by their employers to overwork themselves to make a delivery. Victims of such accidents might want to consult with a lawyer rather than file an injury claim on their own. Lawyers can usually hire investigators to find proof of the other party's negligence. If a settlement cannot be reached, lawyers can take their clients' cases to court.