Study Concludes Crash Rates Unchanged by ELDs Despite Increased HOS Compliance

- A group of researchers this month issued a report on the effects of the electronic logging device mandate, and they reached two main conclusions: The use of ELDs has not reduced the rate of truck crashes, but the frequency of speeding violations, particularly among the small carrier segment, has increased since the mandate took effect.

Speeding violations, the report concludes, are due to drivers trying to make up for productivity losses caused by ELD adoption. The report mostly focuses on smaller carriers, like owner-operators, who the researchers deemed most impacted by the mandate, since larger carriers likely already had been using ELDs (or the less sophisticated automatic onboard recording devices) prior to the mandate’s December 2017 effective date.

Titled “Did Electronic Logging Device Mandate Reduce Accidents?” and published this month by researchers from Northeastern University and the University of Arkansas, the study concludes that the mandate was effective in its goal of increased compliance with hours of service regulations. “However,” they write, “there is no evidence to suggest that the number of accidents decreased.”

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