In the past, truck drivers kept paper logbooks, where they marked their stops, time spent performing pre- and post-trip inspections, fueling, loading and unloading, and driving time. These logbooks helped the driver track their time so that they could stay within the hours of service. These hours of service rules are designed to make sure that truck drivers don't work or drive more than what they should during a single workday.
Of course, like any rule, many clever truck drivers found ways around the logbook requirements by fabricating a second book to show the police or inspectors, as well as logging tasks they didn't do. To avoid these problems, regulators passed rules requiring the modern ELDs, which remove many of the temptations and abuses. But these ELDs may not be as reliable and effective as initially hoped.
A recent study published by researchers from
The study, entitled "Did the Electronic Logging Device Mandate Reduce Accidents?" went on to discuss how crash data was reviewed spanning a period from
The problem is the study could not show where this actually had a direct impact on reducing the number of crashes. On the contrary, the new regulation may have indeed had somewhat of a negative effect, at least when it comes to smaller motor carriers. The study claims that while larger carriers may be able to absorb some of the changes, drivers at smaller companies may have actually increased bad driving behaviors, such as speeding, in order to compensate for the restrictions. This could, in turn, lead to higher crash rates as time goes on.
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