Hitting the brakes

A new electronic logging data final rule may adversely affect truck deliveries

Recent legislative action regarding electronic logging data for commercial truck drivers is causing the trucking industry concern as the new rule is scheduled to take effect Dec. 18. The regulation could affect NRCA members by causing delays with roofing materials deliveries.


In 2012, the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act was signed into law. The act primarily outlined highway funding, but one provision called for the secretary of transportation to prescribe regulations requiring the trucking industry to use electronic logging devices (ELDs) to record commercial driving hours of service. The intent was to promote a safer work environment for drivers and improve commercial motor vehicle safety by updating the record-keeping process from the outdated paper method.

The regulation also would help improve drivers' compliance with current hours-of-service regulations. As of July 2013, the number of hours a driver can complete weekly was decreased from 82 to 70 hours.