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Midyear Trucking Report: Bracing For The ELD Challenge
Midyear Trucking Report: Bracing for the ELD Challenge
Jun 26, 2017 at 07:43 AM CST
After years of development, lawsuits and appeals, electronic logging devices are just around the corner. Starting in mid-December, truck drivers across the country — from small-owner operators and drayage carriers to the largest truckload and LTL operators — will have to scrap the paper logbooks they’ve used since the 1930s in favor of some type of ELD. The immediate goal of the transition, mandated by Congress in 2012, is to improve enforcement of driver hours-of-service regulations. But getting ELDs into more than 3 million trucks before the deadline is a major undertaking, and one projected to cost trucking operators more than $1 billion. Training those truck drivers to use ELDs also could take months, a period in which productivity may decline. The regulation also poses a big challenge to shippers in the US, forcing them to take a hard look at their carriers and brokers and to rethink their shipping networks. Just months before ELDs take effect, many questions remain: How will shippers and brokers ensure their carriers are complying with the law, and what liabilities could they face if they contract or hire a trucker who isn’t? How difficult will it be for carriers without ELDs to comply on deadline? What if the mandate cuts into truck capacity?
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