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...

ELD Truck Mandate Information

ELD mandate is coming up quick.  If it doesn’t get stopped by OOIDA then we will all have ELDs in the truck.  Many people are selling great products.  The FMCSA basically states that every long haul truck driver has to have one of these things.  Unless: Drivers who use paper logs no more than 8 days during any 30-day period. Driveaway-towaway drivers (transporting an empty vehicle for sale, lease, or repair). Drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000. ** From the FMCSA website page –  FMCSA – ELD Rule Exceptions The ELD requires that you have a smartphone app or some other type of device that accomplishes the same thing and a piece of hardware connected to the truck.  The piece of equipment is basically a GPS transponder that is recording information from the truck. It can tell how fast and when you are moving.  Can tell everything about your engine and links all electronic sensing that you can have on your truck.  The technology has tons of benefits and is going to change the trucking industry faster than anything else.  It will revolutionize the way people do business and are able to connect with the people that have freight much easier.  It will enable any trucking company to do business with any shipper.  The bigger companies used to have an advantage over disconnected smaller companies because  they had GPS.  This advantage is gone overnight.  I kinda think that bigger companies want to ELD to become a mandate and organizations like OOIDA are fighting it. Many feel, including me, that it may be an overreach of the government but ELDs will...