Electronic Logging Mandate

The electronic logging device mandate, also known as ELD mandate, is getting some hype here lately. This mandate will force drivers, who do not already have an ELD, to get one installed. Obviously, there are people on both side of the argument for this mandate.

Many drivers are threating to retire if this mandate is passed. Studies are showing that 71 percent of independent driver would rather retire than utilize this device. When we apply these numbers to carriers with fifteen trucks; there is a 10 truck drop which can ultimately put a carrier out of business. Many experts thinks the threats are just that and many won’t act on them. Often, the people that are saying they are going to retire have been in this industry for many years and don’t want to deal with the hassle of dealing with ELD’s. As for the drivers who have already switched over to ELD they have found them to be extraordinarily helpful with their logs, IFTA, and communication with dispatch.

We are interested in what you have to say about this. Does anybody have an ELD system already? How do you like it? If not are you willing to install one in your truck? Why or why not? Please let us know how you feel on this subject.

2 comments

  1. We had a QualComm when leased to a ‘mega’ carrier. When we obtained our own authority we had a choice of paper or electronic. We decided to run a QualComm. It’s doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it keeps a teams hours straight and does all the math for us 🙂 Also when an LEO/DOT officer askes for a logbook, they see the QualComm and have a lot fewer questions!

    1. Yeah, I think there is a long time stigma about ELD’s or EOBR’s, but I don’t think that should be the case. Many drivers on our fleet do not max out their hours and are still more successful than they were at previous companies where they did push it the the limit week after week.

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