A federal court recently affirmed a safety requirement that should be welcome news to Florida drivers: U.S. truck operators driving truck models of year 2000 or later must track their hours-of-service using electronic logging devices, or ELDs.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration set the ELD rule in December 2015 as a way to better monitor whether truck drivers are complying with mandatory limits on consecutive hours behind the wheel. Truckers using paper logs to track their hours are required to switch to an ELD by December 18, 2017.
Although electronic tracking might be perceived as time-saving, a truckers’ association sued to overturn the rule. The association asserted a Fourth Amendment privacy violation. However, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed.
Notably, this is not the first time that the FMCSA has tried to impose an ELD mandate on truckers. In fact, the Seventh Circuit previously vacated a 2010 version of the rule, concluding that the FMCSA had not adequately protected truckers from harassment by carriers providing service to the devices. This time around, the Seventh Circuit determined that the FMCSA had resolved that earlier concern.
When a passenger vehicle is involved in a crash with a semi or big truck, its occupants usually come out the losers. A truck accident can result in serious injuries to drivers and passengers in smaller vehicles. Victims may miss work, have large medical costs, endure pain and suffering, and face potential long-term consequences. All of these factors underscore the importance of consulting with a personal injury law firm to pursue the financial compensation needed to recover after a truck accident.
Source: Overdrive, “ELD mandate survives court challenge,” James Jaillet, Oct. 31, 2016