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What is the ELD rule?

If you are like most people who live in New Jersey, you have been in a car, pickup truck or sport utility vehicle when a semi-truck or other large commercial vehicle has come up alongside the vehicle you are in. In these situations, you instantly become aware of how much smaller your vehicle is than the adjacent big rig. This can be a somewhat frightening or sobering experience because you realize the danger to people in average passenger vehicles when accidents occur that involve both large trucks and regular vehicles. 

There may be many factors that contribute to large truck accidents. One of these can be fatigue. Truckers often drive many long and lonely hours, making fatigue a very real problem that they face. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has acknowledged this risk and developed what it called the Hours of Service rule a few years ago. The HOS rule sets parameters on the number of hours a trucker can drive in a given day or work week.

More recently, the FMCSA has instituted a new rule designed to monitor truckers' compliance with the HOS rule. This new rule mandates the use of electronic logging devices that track the date, time and location of a truck's idling or driving status. 

This information is not intended to provide legal advice but is instead meant to give some background to residents in New Jersey about a federal rule designed to help enforce the regulations surrounding truck driver hours as part of the effort to reduce trucker fatigue and improve safety on the nation's roads and highways.

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