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Truck driving mandate could improve safety, delay delivery of products

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes ditching paper logging could save lives and millions of dollars for the trucking industry.

Posted: Dec 12, 2017 5:09 PM
Updated: Dec 12, 2017 7:56 PM

Commercial truck drivers say a new mandate could be a road block to delivering America’s goods on time.

Truckers across America have until Dec. 18 before a new mandate forces them to transition from paper logging to electronic thanks to a 2015 congressional mandate. 

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration believes upgrading from paper logging could save lives and millions of dollars for the trucking industry.  According to the FMCSA, the rule is expected to save 25 lives and prevent 500 people from being injured each year, but not all truckers are fans of the switch.

Those who deliver products will each have to be equipped with an electronic logging device. The device clocks 14-hour shifts and drivers are only allowed to be behind the wheel for 11 of those hours. The ELD continues running even if the driver takes breaks or the inevitable traffic delay or accident slows them down. 

The new mandate prompted a nationwide protest on Dec. 4.   Truckers in Hollywood, AL took part in the protest earlier this month.  Drivers told WAAY 31 the mandate will throw up additional road blocks and slow delivery speed.

Now some senators are currently pushing to delay the deadline for truckers to comply with the new mandate.

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