How Much Will The ELD Mandate Cost Local Governments

ELD mandate is coming.  We recently had an article come out the the state of Indiana is seeing a delay.  I am guessing that someone said what the heck is this and we have to do what?  Take officers out of the field to give them training to read a new type of ELD result.  How many ELD companies are there? How is an officer going to spot a fake ELD program?  They can’t spot a fake paper one.  You think they are going to be able to spot a fake emailed or one on a phone? How much does training cost for enforcement officers to stop what they are doing and sit in a class and learn how to enforce this.  What if the ELD software or phone is glitchy.  What if they can’t get a reading and then a truck gets in an accident.  Does enforcement office get sued for not being able to stop an illegal driver? The whole thing seems pretty weird.  Why would the government be mandating an unchecked software system to be implemented nationwide and why would more states not see this as a huge cost to them. The ELD companies are self certifying themselves to say that their products work as the should. That seems pretty sweet.  Now the code enforcement division is totally at the mercy of companies that have been selling these devices for profit.  Telling themselves and others they work right. Seriously.  My computer has issues all the time.  My phone doesn’t work well in hot weather.  Do we really think that self certified companies are the right choice for...

Indiana attorney general asks for ELD delay

FROM TruckersNews.com Original Article – https://www.truckersnews.com/indiana-attorney-general-asks-for-eld-delay I saw this great story in my inbox and liked the positive spin direction this is going. In a letter filed with FMCSA’s Chief Counsel Randi Hutchison Wednesday, Hill Jr. said the deadline “would place undue burdens on drivers and operators.” Some really great points that are made are the ELD companies can self certify these things work.  Seriously. What does self certify even mean? from Article … Chief among Hill’s concerns is the agency’s registry of ELD providers and units, which allows manufacturers to self-certify their ELDs — with little vetting by the FMCSA itself  — as compliant with the rule’s specifications. Devices listed in the registry, despite being certified by manufacturers, may “not ultimately be compliant or conform to the required” specifications of the agency’s rule, Hill argues. And even more that no one really knows how to use them from the Law Enforcement side either. How many ELD companies are there.  Are the people going to be trained in every type of ELD with instructions on how to get the results?  Can’t someone just make a fake one that puts out the same result and looks the same a self certified one?  I think they said they could email the results anyway.  How reliable is that. If some one wants to fake the paper ones they can fake the ELD ones. From the Article… He also contends that the agency hasn’t given manufacturers or roadside enforcers the tools they need to test and deploy the data transfer methods required by the ELD rule. So strange that the ATA supports this and no owner operators does. ...

Truckers Are in No Hurry to Have Their Hours Tracked

Originally posted on Wall Street Journal – Link to Article Here By Bob Tita Some really great points of view on the e log HOS rules From the Article – “Since 2003, truckers have been limited to 11 hours of driving during a 14-hour on-duty stretch. Waiting at a loading dock or getting stuck in traffic counts against that time. That tempts truckers to say in their logs that deliveries happened faster than they did. Driving-log violations are the largest share of citations that police issue during truck inspections, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says.” … My opinion on this is that regulations make trucking more expensive.  When trucking becomes more expensive it makes less sense for small companies and owner operators to own their own trucks. When we lose small trucking companies and owner operators the cost to ship goes up.  as quoted in this article this is what larger trucking companies are hoping for.  Seems like passing regulations to rid the market of competition is the goal for the larger trucking companies. From WSJ Article – Paul Truman, president of Truline Corp., a larger trucking company in Las Vegas, has seen a 12% drop in weekly miles traveled since most of the company’s 220 trucks were converted to electronic logs. He says he hopes the reduction will be offset by higher shipping rates if there is less off-log driving and some owner-operators leave the industry. “If you reduce the capacity and demand is the same, then pricing should go up and hopefully it makes the trucking industry more profitable,” he said. If there are a million trucks on...

Stopping or Slowing the ELD Mandate

Some good articles about stopping or slowing the ELD mandate. This Article by Truckinginfo.com says maybe but probably not.  Basically the repeal or slow implementation is in a bill that will probably be taken out when finished.  And that basically that it was put in the bill to look good for voters but will be taken out at the end to appease the lobbyist from the ATA demands.  Kinda par for the course. Sounds like the ATA and ELD manufactures are a really pushing hard to get this back on track.  All I hear is how safe this will make the roads.  And that this is for the safety of the public.  Not so sure about that.  Current system seems to work pretty well. Sounds like some sort of a tax on the driver to make a few people wealthy.  See who on the ATA is also investing in the ELD companies.  Do you think companies will just pay this out of their own pocket.  No way, this is getting deducted straight from most drivers paychecks.  Think about how many trucks and if they all have to have one of these BS trackers on them and pay 100 per month that is some crazy money being put into peoples pockets. Billions are up for grabs here for no real reason.  I like the quotes from ELD makers that people actually are seeing benefits from their products.  Like “I know we are forcing you to buy this but it does do a few things that you guys didn’t ask for either.” What will happen if they do pass this this repeal of the...

Got ELDs? Get Ready for Higher Rates

Like it or not, ELDs are coming. The good news? Rates are going to go up. Here’s why. You can’t drive as many miles in a day when you’re running with an ELD. This is especially true when you have strict appointment times, when you’re detained for any reason, and when you need extra time to find parking. If you’ve been using paper logs all along, you know that there are times when it’s really hard to make everything work without a little “editing” of the logs. To be successful as an owner-operator, you need to cover your expenses. That includes driver pay, even when you’re the driver. There are two ways to do that: run more miles, or charge a higher rate per mile. The paper logs can provide flexibility,  up to a point, to gain just enough time to run those extra miles, but ELDs are not flexible. After December 18, the only solution will be to get higher rates. Photo by ISAAC Instruments Luckily there will be a lot of freight available, and there will be less competition. Trucks will run fewer miles per day every time a driver cuts his day short to find parking before the clock runs out, or a truck gets held overnight because the driver ran out of hours while waiting at the dock. It will happen thousands of times a day, all over the country, costing an hour here and there. Brokers are going to need you more than ever, and they’re going to have more of certain types of jobs that you may not have handled before: power-only and...

ELD Final Rule

Here is a link to the final ruling regarding the ELD Mandate. Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service supporting Documents; final rule Just a warning its 126 page pdf.  If you are on a data plan you may want to wait until you get on wifi to look at it. Some good stuff in here though.   Authorized safety officials who conduct roadside enforcement activities (i.e., traffic enforcement and inspections) or compliance safety investigations will be able to select a minimum of one method of electronic data transfer from each type of ELD. States will have the option of choosing a minimum of one ‘‘telematics’’ electronic data transfer method (wireless Web services or email) and one ‘‘local’’ electronic data transfer method (USB 2.0 or Bluetooth) for the electronic transfer of ELD...