Texas DPS advocates for use of ELDs

Texas DPS advocates for use of ELDs

LUBBOCK, Texas -

Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are relatively new and used to monitor how long a truck and driver are operational. 

Texas DPS Sergeant Rick Molina lauds ELDs for their efficiency, and keeping the roads safe. With hours of operations now monitored electronically, drivers can't fudge the logs. 

"Any time the vehicle goes over 5 mph, the vehicle immediately starts recording it's hours of service. Once it comes to a complete stop it gives them an option to say on duty or off duty rather than have them take the time to do a paper log and record those hours. It's almost like giving them a fool proof system in which they can do that," Molina said. 

DPS Lieutenant Mark Gumaer believes this training day clears up any confusion for big rig drivers and carriers who employ them.  

"What we're running into is companies not knowing if they're subject to having an ELD or if they're exempt from having it and that's what this class is all about today. If you're exempt, here's the exemptions. If you're not exempt, here's what you need to keep up with," Gumaer said. 
The course is a good refresher for the basic rules and regulations of the trucking industry.
"A lot of times, drivers and carriers don't take the time out in order to go over their trucks and check out their safety equipment. When we're doing safety inspections we're seeing a lot of equipment violations that include bad tires and steering mechanisms," Molina said. 

Intrastate drivers won't be required to use ELDs until December of 2019.

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