Orin J. Cohen Law
Available 24/7 - Free Consultation
Email Us

FMCSA electronic logging devices mandate upheld

A federal court of appeals has upheld a lower court ruling in favor of the mandate requiring truck drivers to track hours of service statuses with electronic time logging devices. The rule takes effect in December 2017, by which time most trucks in New York and across the country are required to have the devices on board.

The lawsuit was filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association on behalf of two truck drivers. The OOIDA argued the federal mandate was a violation of truck drivers' Fourth Amendment privacy rights and that the rule failed to meet Congressional standards.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit rejected both arguments in upholding the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate. The same court had declared a previous version of the rule unconstitutional because it failed to protect truckers from harassment by carriers. The court voted unanimously in favor of the new rule.

The mandate does not apply to trucks with model years prior to 2000, which can still be operated without an electronic time logger. By the terms of the mandate, most truck drivers who currently use paper time logs will be required to switch to an electronic logging device on or before Dec. 18, 2017.

The mandate is designed to combat truck driver fatigue by carefully tracking the number of hours that are spent on the road. Existing federal regulations already require mandatory rest periods, but many accidents are the result of this issue. Occupants of other vehicles who have been injured in a collision caused by a drowsy truck driver may want to meet with a lawyer to discuss the advisability of filing a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and the carrier.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information
Email Us Today

Let us help with your case

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

attorney advertising


Orin J. Cohen Law
1162 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, NY 10301-3623

Phone: 718-303-2995
Fax: 718-650-9965
Staten Island Law Office Map

Available 24/7 - Free Consultation