While lawmakers and trucking industry officials continue to squabble over legislation that would mandate truck drivers’ use of electronic on-board recording devices, truck manufacturers are implementing advances in technology and taking matters into their own hands.
Most recently, Volvo unveiled its plans to collaborate with two telematics providers to offer factory-installed fleet management systems on heavy-duty trucks. The initiative furthers the company’s efforts to utilize advanced capabilities in remote diagnostics to increase efficiencies across the trucking industry.
Volvo will partner with fleet management services providers Telogis and Trimble, which offer a slate of fleet-tracking applications that help log hours-of-service records, driver safety practices and other data that is crucial in the ongoing fight to improve the safety of our highways.
I’ve made no secret of my support for trucking safety legislation that mandates the use of EOBR devices, which the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration now calls ELDs, or Electronic Logging Devices. While recognizing that there would be costs associated, I’ve stood firm in my belief that any such costs would be justified in lives saved and catastrophic injuries prevented. As a truck accident attorney who’s represented truck accident victims nationwide, I’ve heard numerous highway horror stories that tell of preventable truck accidents. In many cases, the use of ELDs to monitor the driving patterns of over-worked drivers could have saved lives.
Because of that, it’s my view that the widespread use of such devices is inevitable. I am encouraged to see companies such as Volvo further the cause by offering fleet management systems ahead of any government mandate.
Truck accident attorney Michael Leizerman represents victims of truck accidents who were injured or killed due to the reckless behavior a truck driver or trucking company. If you believe you or a family member has been involved in an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact Michael at 800-628-4500.