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What are electronic logging devices?

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If you have ever driven alongside a semi truck or other large commercial vehicle in California while being in a normal passenger vehicle, you know the feeling you get when you realize just how massive these big rigs really are. It is no wonder that accidents involving these trucks can be so dangerous and even deadly. These crashes can be caused by many things and truck driver fatigue is one of those things.

In an effort to reduce fatigue among truckers, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established what it calls the Hours of Service rule. This essentially places liimts on how many hours truckers can drive in a given timeframe and when they must take breaks. One of the ways that the FMCSA is looking to track compliance with this rule is through the use of electronic logging devices.

These devices connect to the vehicle and track and report on the time that a vehicle is running, its start and stop locations, the number of miles driven and the dates and times of service for starters. ELDs do not collect any data on how a driver operates a vehicle such as excessive hard breaking. All devices are required to be registered with and certified by the FMCSA. Records may be kept for up to six months.

If you would like to learn more about the FMCSA's requirements around electronic logging devices or other safety regulations governing the trucking industry, please feel free to visit the commercial vehicle crash page of our California personal injury website.

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