HOS violations dropped in half since ELD Mandate in last 12 months
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), hours-of-service violations have decreased significantly since full enforcement of the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate started.
To be clear, there has been roughly the same average of 300,000 driver inspections each month over the last 12 months and FMCSA’s data compares the HOS violation rates with at least one HOS violation to the monthly inspections.
(Graphic from FMCSA)
PRE-COMPLIANCE: GETTING READY FOR ELDS
During this seven month period, ELD technology is being implemented in trucks slowly, leading up to December 18th, 2017.
The HOS violation rate average during this period was 1.28% and our benchmark moving forward.
SOFT ROLL OUT: ADOPTING ELDS
During this four month period, supported industry adoption of ELD technology became wide-spread while soft enforcement was in place so companies, drivers, enforcement, and ELD providers make sure major issues are worked through and drivers trained.
The HOS violation rate average during this period was 0.93% (dropping a quarter or 27% to the pre-compliance timeframe).
FULL ROLL OUT: ENFORCING OUT-OF-SERVICE
During the two month period, since CVSA Out-of-Service criteria went into effect, less than 1% (4,720) of all driver inspections (559,940) have resulted in the driver being cited for operating without a required ELD or grandfathered AOBRD.
The HOS violation rate average during this period was 0.67% (dropping in half or 48% to the pre-compliance timeframe).
This is a great sign as we also wait for studies of distracted driving, unsafe driving, or other signs that may show driver fatigue due to the idea the ELDs will actually make it more unsafe on the roads.