Over the last 10 years, the trucking industry has finally recognized that big truck crashes that cause so much harm, injury and death to our families across the nation can be greatly reduced or avoided entirely with two simple, inexpensive tools: 1) ELD’s, and 2) speed limiters.
ELD stands for “electronic logging device.” Instead of keeping hours in paper books, which takes a lot of time and is often full of mistakes, ELD’s allow truck drivers to keep their times automatically, and cheating is almost impossible any more. Plus, a big benefit to truck drivers is that ELD’s protect them from being pressured by dispatchers to drive faster/longer than the law allows just in order to get the load delivered since they could “fudge” the facts on paper. With ELD’s, the equipment is tied to the truck electronically, and if the truck is rolling, the log is keeping track of the time, speed and distance. ELD’s protect safe truck drivers when they refuse to break the law and documents their hours independently.
Speed limiters have been available on all big trucks made in the last 10 years. But, trucking companies have been slow to use them. Anyone has been driving down the interstate at the speed limit and passed by a big rig knows how scary it is to imagine that 80,000 monster crashing into a family vehicle. Certainly, not all big truck drivers speed, but if all big trucks used their speed limiters, none of them would be speeding
Members of the House Freedom Caucus met with President-Elect Trump and asked him to repeal the Electronic Logging Device mandate as well as the speed limiter rule for large trucks.
Tell your legislators that ELD’s and speed limiters are good things, and they help prevent crashes and protect you and your loved ones from avoidable harm. If you or anyone one you know have any questions about this bill or any other issue regarding a Truck or Bus crash, contact Lawrence Simon of Javerbaum Wurgaft, we are here to help.