9 Jun 22

It's been 6 months since Congress passed the law that requires drivers to use electronic logbooks. Carriers and owner-operators have until December 2017 to comply with the new rules, but have some of you already bitten the bullet? Are you shopping around for an ELD, or are you putting it off as long as you can? Let us know in the reader poll.

For those of you who've already made the switch to e-logs, how has it affected you business? Let us know in the comments.

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Daniel Nies
Daniel Nies

I believe that this is just another way for our government to just control small business owners and force them into submission I believe the law grows from the large carriers that have failed to structure their practices to only hiring safe drivers on to riddle the roads with inexperienced and inexpensive employee,s to maintain their profits shame on both of them.

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Just another way for the government to rule the working class. How can someone who never drove a truck tell me when I am going to be tired and in need of sleep, not to mention when I have had enough sleep and that I now have to put in a 14 hour day. This is one of the biggest mistakes I think they have ever done. When this starts you are going to see more accidents and deaths then any number they are coming up with.

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Daniel Nies
Daniel Nies

I have to agree with bill if they only understood how they are going to force drivers to do their job in a 14 hour window leaving no time to just pull over and take a nap when needed without affecting the other side of their job the Trucking industry is built on time schedules it is not just a holding the wheel job only respondable people should do this job and for the government to as I put it baby sit the unresponsivable drivers by mandates and punish the responsible drivers by informing I'd unconstitutional

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James Roberson
James Roberson

Have a 77 intl.Coe no place for electronics on my ole truck. Thats the reason I got it.

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Naeger Transport
Naeger Transport

From what I have seen from the companies running elogs,it will be too dangerous to be a truck driver anymore! Trucks are choking up the fuel islands taking 30 minute breaks then leaving the truck stop at high rates of speed in the parking lot. These companies are forcing drivers to drive fast in construction zones by running elog and micro managing time. I just read a report about Stevens transport the maga refrigerated carrier about the increase in speeding violations in cities and construction zones. There really is no need for carriers to do elog with today's technology the highway patrol and dot are using an integrated systems from the cameras on all interstates and some two lane roads to track anybody and everybody!!! I very seldom get my logbook checked because I run legal and the dot knows who is doing right and who is doing wrong.

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Joel Ledesma
Joel Ledesma

Truck drivers are often pressured to drive even when they’ve completed their appropriate hours of operation. Very often, this is due to delays in shipments, expedited shipments, or pressure to keep the flow of goods moving more quickly and efficiently. Consequently, this leads to unnoticed driver fatigue and logging in inaccurate work hours.With intentions to strengthen compliance and combat driver coercion, we have developed a new tool that steers away from faulty traditional paper log books. This device allows companies to monitor driver status, vehicle maintenance, and helps eliminate inaccurate work hours.

I don't believe the government has it out for us, however as technology continues to advance we must continue to adapt our capabilities to better service the logistics industry. European markets have had On-board Recording Devices for since 2011! We are very well behind.

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I don’t want the machine controlling and telling me when I have to work or sleep because most of the time I like to take a nap at noon for two or three hours at a time while waiting for traffic to clear up  and get fresh . The fact is the 14 hour rule will force me to drive even if I’m tired or sleepy.

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Jeffrey Cress
Jeffrey Cress

I have a Small truck and trailer and haul small loads my truck is to old for Elogs to work with it but because I do my own dispatching and scheduling I'm able to keep my truck loaded and on time with out needing to run more than 10 hours a day have an elog would actually make life easier for me and when I get my "Shiny new office upgrade" next year I look forward to having an Elog to make my life easier.

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Naeger Transport
Naeger Transport

This message is for Joel Ledesma, if you think we are way behind because we are not current with European countries you must know very little about European countries! First and most important they are BROKE and we going broke as a country trying to follow in there footsteps. The reason for most drivers getting logbooks violations has little to do with h.o.s. When you read what most violations are they errors like not putting shipping information in correct space, not recording the stupid 30 minute break. I run one truck with my own authority I just made a round from the upper Midwest to Idaho and Washington state and back I did not get my paper logbook checked one time! Idaho and Washinton checked my ifta page in my registration folder. The reason my paper logbook was not checked is because they are recording where a truck is at anywhere in the United States now except remote area's. If you don't believe me take off from anywhere and drive for 16 to 18 hours and see how far you make it before you get roadside inspected! I was roadside inspected in Missouri on Memorial Day weekend and the dot officer was able to find out when I left Big Cabin Ok. With the system all law enforcement is using now with the camera's everywhere. My time matched with the camera and when I left Big Cabin. The elog rule is nothing but a payoff from tech companies to politicians. Big Brother is watching everybody weather you like it believe it or not. In the last five years what I have seen happen in the trucking industry is it only going get worse unless you wrap your head in a towel. These guys can get away with almost anything and they know how do it! They all have lawyers wanting discrimination lawsuits. It is a joke anymore and the joke is on the person trying to make a living.

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