New Electronic Log Rule Levels Playing Field For Truckers

By Linda Chiem (December 10, 2015, 9:01 PM EST) -- The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's final rule requiring interstate commercial truckers to use electronic logging devices to track their hours on the road brings some long-awaited clarity on how to implement a technology intended to curb accidents and enhance competition among fleet operators, experts say.

The rule, issued Thursday, lays out over more than 500 pages the technical specifications for electronic logging devices, or ELDs, that commercial truck and bus drivers will have until December 2017 to get installed. The impetus for the final rule was to help curb driver fatigue and bolster highway safety by ensuring that drivers comply...

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