Many truck operators, as well as truck company owners, are taking their concerns regarding the new logging regulations to Columbus and Washington D.C. to protest against this requirement that has the industry frazzled [Source: WCPO]. Although the mandate that requires all truck drivers to install an ELD is expected to help reduce sleepy and fatigued driving, truckers and company owners are saying that the new law is going to make matters worse. April 1stmarked the first day that ELDs were required for truckers and if an operator of a commercial vehicle is caught without a working ELD, he or she could be placed out of service.
Here are some of the other concerns with the new ELD mandate.
According to truck driver Todd Campbell, who is also the owner of Campbell Farms, “You’re supposed to attach your cell phone or your tablet fixed up on the dash so you can sit there and stare at the minutes as they’re climbing off of your ELD (electronic logging device).” In the past, all truckers had to do was record their driving hours with a pen and paper which “gave them some wiggle room to make their deliveries on time if they got stuck in traffic.” But now, every minute is accounted for, even the time that is spent sitting in traffic.
Another truck driver, Steven Rehm, said that “You literally have a clock that’s in your face counting down your hours that you’re allowed to operate for your workday. It just pushes you to the most extreme limits.” Truckers have a job they must get done but if that clock goes beyond the number of hours they are permitted to work, they legally cannot be behind the wheel of that vehicle any longer. As a result of the mandate, Rehm believes that we are “going to start seeing food prices skyrocket … fuel … the daily necessities that people need to raise their families. It’s all going to be passed on,” as truckers won’t have that “wiggle room” to get their deliveries made on time.Although the new ELD requirement is expected to help reduce the number of sleepy truck drivers out on the roads, many in the industry feel these devices are placing more pressure on them, pushing them to extreme limits.
For Campbell, the new RLD requirement is only going to become an added expense as the devices run from $400 to $1,500 and then there is an additional $30 to $65 monthly monitoring fee tacked on to that. Campbell said that for smaller companies such as himself, the expense is too great. Rehm also said that as the provider for his family, they depend on him for all the basic necessities including food, clothing, and shelter, however, with him having to meet this new requirement, he finds himself awake at night asking himself how he is going to be able to continue providing how he was prior to the new law.
Although the new law is expected to help reduce the number of truck accidents that are occurring, if truckers are concerned that these ELD devices are going to “push them to extreme limits,” can we really expect to see a decline in crashes? As time prevails, we will see just how beneficial these ELD devices are to the trucking industry.
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