The Truckload Carriers Association board voted March 14 to support legislation and regulations that would mandate use of electronic logging devices.
This new policy is consistent with the industry’s commitment to cooperative measures for ensuring compliance with hours of service regulations, a TCA news release said.
ELDs are used by motor carriers to ensure compliance and reduce paperwork inefficiencies. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently mandated carrier installation of electronic on-board recorders. While TCA now supports the mandatory use of such devices, the association’s new policy specifies several areas to consider in developing laws or regulations.
In its ELD policy, TCA included that privacy rights of drivers be assured, drivers shall be responsible for operating ELDs, motor carriers using compliant ELDs shouldn’t be required to retain supporting documents to verify driving time and that tax incentives be offered to facilitate adoption of ELD systems.
Affected trucks include model year 2008-2018 Freightliner Cascadia and Western Star 4700, 4900, 5700 and 6900 trucks. DTNA says after hard brake applications, the brake light pressure switch may not activate the brake lights with the light application of the brake pedal.