Are FMCSA regulations mandating ELDs preventing drivers from getting hired?

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) has mandated Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) on carriers to track driver workflows and driver behavior. Benefits of ELDs include driver safety, reduced accidents and an efficient way for carriers to manage their drivers, fleets and business objectives.

ELD requirements are anticipated to be compiled into one system in the next few years and are growing in importance. Driver logs can be collected by three different methods to meet FMCSA compliance regulations- Records of Duty, Automatic On-Board Recorders and Electronic Logging Devices.

However, we are now seeing FMCSA mandated ELDs being critiqued by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) as being detrimental to the employment of drivers. The OOIDA has gone as far as to sue the FMCSA for disclosing poor driver behavior information to potential employers, compromising driver ability to find new employment. The drivers claim that past infractions, that have already been exonerated, should not be shared with potential employers.

Read more on these two stories:

Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) rules by FMCSA creating a timeline debate
OOIDA sues FMCSA over Driver Database

With growing importance for ELD rules, what challenges will carriers and drivers face? Share your thoughts below!