Truck technology vendors said they see no major flaws in the federal government’s new proposal to require electronic logging devices in commercial trucks, but they are seeking further clarification on some facets of the expected rule.
The FMCSA published its long-awaited proposal on ELDs on March 13. The plan, mandating that all interstate truck drivers implement the use of ELDs two years after the rule becomes final, is intended to enforce hours-of-service rules to mitigate fatigue, eliminate driver harassment and diminish paperwork burdens.
The technology companies want clarity on such matters as security, engine connectivity and data transfer, for example, but they also said the proposed rule would give them enough flexibility to develop a range of new products.
PeopleNet has already begun planning for the necessary software changes, but as it does so it would like further clarification on issues such as security and display requirements and the data-transfer process. Rustin Keller, executive vice president and chief operating officer at J.J. Keller & Associates, said he’s pleased that the FMCSA’s proposal offers a broad definition of an ELD platform rather than an abundance of detailed technical criteria for the electronic hardware.
That provision gives fleets that already have logging devices on their trucks two additional years from the compliance date to install new devices if theirs do not meet the technological specifications contained in the proposed rule. The FMCSA also took a “more open approach” by making ELD providers the responsible party for certifying their devices.
Source: Transport Topics