Depending on who you ask, the new era of required ELDs is having an impact on drivers. Some say it's not the ELDs that are the issue, but the hours of service that make it difficult, especially when delays are inevitable. Others we interviewed said the abolishment of paper logs is a good thing, and if you schedule your time properly, there aren't any more problems than there were before ELDs. It's an on-going debate.
With 15.5 million trucks on the road the United States, it is a good bet to say that the ELD mandate is going to have an impact on capacity when December 18, 2017 arrives. Reports vary on exactly how many drivers and fleet owners are ready. Even if just a fraction of the trucks on the road today are put out of commission as a result of the mandate, the trickle-down effect to the economy could be quite significant, especially when more severe penalties go into effect after April 1, 2018. Read about rate predictions associated with the ELD mandate.
Rising spot rates, decreased capacity, peak season and impending ELDs have created the perfect storm
As January 21 quickly approaches, many truckers are waiting with bated breath to see if President-elect Trump will make any changes to the numerous — and often controversial — regulatory standards that will go into effect in the near future.
The ELD mandate has been one of the most discussed topics of the last year. Although aimed at trucking companies, the ripple effect could impact the entire transportation industry in countless ways. Of course with any major change, viewpoints vary greatly, with some fully supporting the mandate and others questioning its authenticity.
We are in the midst of a big change, as approximately three million truck drivers will be moving into the electronic age. That is, they will be replacing their traditional paper driving logs, that old standby, with electronic logging devices (ELD). While there are some exceptions, the final deadline for full compliance is Dec. 16, 2019.