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OOIDA Refutes Recent Electronic Logging Device Study

May 16, 2014

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The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association responded with criticism on Friday to a recent study by Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, which claims that electronic logging devices would lower truck crash rates.

"The study's conclusion is flawed because it included all other types of crashes except those that supposedly would be prevented with electronic logging devices," said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer.

VTTI’s research it conducted for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration concluded trucks with electronic logging devices have 11.7% fewer preventable crashes and 5.1% fewer non-preventable crashes than trucks without such devices. FMCSA said the research shows ELDs would increase hours-of-service compliance, which would in turn reduce driver fatigue and fatigue-related crashes.

OOIDA claims the report's researchers admit that there wasn't enough data to find any safety benefits when comparing DOT-recordable or fatigue-related crashes and that the small sample size of the study limited the ability to determine a significant difference between trucks with ELDs and trucks without them for fatigue-related crashes.

"The possible changes that hold the most promise in improving highway safety are things like driver training, better working environments, support systems and safe parking," said Spencer. "We'd like to see well-trained drivers put into trucks instead of unproven technology. It is the hallmark of a bureaucracy to embrace billion-dollar mandates in the name of safety while all but ignoring the absence of even basic driver training for new drivers entering the industry."

OOIDA represents both truck drivers and small-business trucking companies. 

The FMCSA is currently accepting comments on proposed regulations to require the use of electronic logging devices with the comment period recently being extended until June 26.


  1. 1. haller [ May 19, 2014 @ 06:56AM ]

    Electronic logging was designed to do several things. The most important thing being to keep that driver driving as much as possible and as fast as the truck will go. You know, truck drivers do not get paid to refuel the trucks and another unshared secret is the ELD will speak and display any language you want it to.. If the driver is from Russia, no problem just select the Russian language and the Russian driver is now compliant and safe. A driver from Cameroon, Africa, same thing, select an African language and the African truck driver is now legal and safe on American roads...

  2. 2. Dave [ May 19, 2014 @ 04:44PM ]

    If everyone that does not have a CDL had to take a driver test on how to drive around trucks there would probably be less truck wrecks. This will not happen because it would make most all drivers retake a driving test. There would be so many people against that, that the Democrats in the white house would be voted out. We do not have enough truck drivers to make a vote count like the four wheelers. Big trucking companies need ELD's to find their trucks when the driver just walks off. That was one of the big deals for them to get ELD's. Trucking always changes when there is a Democrat in the oval office.

  3. 3. Clifford Downing [ May 19, 2014 @ 04:56PM ]

    I realize those with little to no experience with Elogs, and a decided bias against them, like to throw out things like "to keep that driver driving as much as possible and as fast as the truck will go" in an attempt to pull at emotions rather than realism. I have been using an Elog for 2.5 years. I have changed very little in my operation from time on paper to time on Elogs. I mostly run around 62 mph, and rarely over 65 mph, even though my truck, when in the 18th gear with 2.64 rears, will turn 100 mph at 1600 RPM. I schedule myself so that I am home every weekend and holiday, and I am not on any dedicated run. Most times, I rarely log more than 10 hrs driving in a day. And my gross and net revenues are up year over year for the last 3 years.

    Elogs are not the issue. It is the lack of business sense on the part of some to manage things more efficiently and effectively. Company drivers have limited options in that they only get a pay per mile in most cases. O/O have a broader range in that they can decide which freight is profitable and can be run legally, and make more by running LESS miles than running more miles. OOIDA always seems to account for these folks instead of providing sound business solutions to overcome obstacles.


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