Trucker Electronic Logging Devices Clear Key Hurdle

Truck drivers could soon learn details of new rules requiring them to electronically log their hours on the road

The Wall Street Journal

Nov. 18, 2015—A much-delayed requirement for truck drivers to use electronic logging devices is one step closer to coming into effect after the White House signed off on a final version of the rule.

The new regulation would require so-called e-logs to be adopted throughout the trucking industry, making it easier for the Department of Transportation to enforce limits on the number of hours drivers can spend on the road.

E-logs have been hotly contested within the trucking industry for years, even as a growing number of companies started using them. A final rule was expected in September, but the release date was pushed back multiple times. Officials from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have cited the need for additional coordination as a cause for the delay. A spokesman for the agency declined to elaborate.

The White House Office of Management and Budget said it had finished its assessment of the e-log rule and had cleared it with some changes. The final language—including the date when trucking companies will need to comply—will be published at the end of November, the Department of Transportation said.

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