A new law is going into effect on December 18, 2017. The law will require drivers, such as truckers, to use electronic logging devices or ELDs. These devices will replace the paper logs that these types of drivers must maintain.
The goal of the law is to reduce risk. It does not eliminate risk, though. It will still be important for businesses to maintain adequate commercial auto insurance. Yet, this law may help to make drivers less likely to cause accidents.
What Is the Law?
Any driver that already must maintain a log of his or her activities while driving will need to begin using electronic logging devices. This regulation will be an important part of day-to-day activities for these drivers. The device is not just a log, though. It also provides for GPS tracking of the device. This means companies can monitor where drivers are and what they are doing while on the road.
From a company standpoint, this law makes it possible for business owners to ensure that employees are doing what they should be. That includes taking scheduled breaks and not driving beyond federal regulations. It means, in short, that drivers will be safer on the road. The insight and information these devices offer will allow businesses to ensure drivers are getting enough time off between loads. And, from a law enforcement standpoint, this will shed more light on whether businesses are encouraging this type of sensible behavior behind the wheel.
Your Needs Don't Change
For companies who employ these types of drivers, this new law will further extend your reach. The law will ensure that you have more information about the loads your drivers are taking with them on the road. Yet, it is still important for companies to maintain proper commercial auto insurance. This will not change. However, with this law shedding more light onto the way in which drivers operate, it is possible for you to be able to verify that your drivers are abiding by on- and off-duty requirements. This makes your company safer.
In the long term, fewer accidents may result. That may make it easier for you to maintain lower overall business insurance coverage for these types of incidents. Most importantly, it helps you to know your drivers are safe on the road. For more information on lawful requirements or insurance questions, contact one of our agents at either 512-989-6006 or 844-524-4744.
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