While many commercial drivers have started using electronic log devices (ELD) to document their hours of service, many drivers are still using paper logs. In a recent poll conducted on the popular Facebook community Trucker Feed , 54 participants claimed to use ELDs while 37 said they were using paper logs. Still, several others said they were using both an ELD and paper log. With the April 1 deadline for enforcement of the ELD mandate fast approaching, drivers with no exemptions must get used to the new regulations.
Since December 18, 2017 the trucking industry has been struggling to implement the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) new ELD requirement with truckers well accustomed to paper logs up in arms over the new rules. Opponents say ELD which forces a driver to stick to the legal hours of service and offers no flexibility under special circumstances. A driver can run out of hours of service (HOS) while on the road with no place to safely and legally park. Truckers aren’t the only ones upset with shippers feeling the repercussions as the cost of shipping has increased with one report of the cost of delivering produce skyrocketing from $2000 to $11,000.
The controversial law has also inspired the Owner Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA) the largest American small business trucker organization, petition the FMCSA to adjust the HOS which some truckers feel is the true culprit of their woes.
“The current regulations are overly complex, provide no flexibility and in no way reflect the physical capabilities or limitations of individual drivers,” OOIDA writes in the petition. “They force drivers to be on the road when they are tired or fatigued, during busy travel times and adverse weather and road conditions.”
Ultimately, ELD enforcement may be left to the Department of Transportation officer performing the inspection.