Trucks with electronic driver logs have significantly lower crash rates than those without, according to a recent study conducted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
FMCSA tests found that the ELD-equipped trucks had an 11.7% lower crash rate and a 5.1% lower preventable crash rate – as well as 53% lower rate for hours-of-service driving violations, and a 49% lower rate for non-driving violations, the agency said.
“The results show a clear safety benefit, in terms of crash and HOS violation reductions, for trucks equipped with Electronic Hours-of-Service Recorders,” the agency said.
The full study is posted on the FMCSA’s docket for its proposed ELD rule, which will mandate electronic logs for most trucks operating in the U.S.
In Canada, the Canadian Trucking Alliance and the provincial associations such as the Ontario Trucking Association continue to work with governments in establishing a Canadian ELD standard.