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In April of 2018, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration congressionally mandated that all trucks model-year 2000 or newer engaged in interstate commerce were required to use Electronic Logging Devices or ELDs.
What exactly is an Electronic Logging Device? An Electronic Logging Device or ELD is electronic hardware that is attached to a commercial motor vehicle engine to record driving hours. This monitoring device allows for the constant and accurate monitoring of the number of hours and miles that a commercial driver is operating their vehicle. Drivers are allowed a period of 14 consecutive hours in which to drive up to 11 hours after being off duty for 10 or more consecutive hours.
How does this affect the Vehicle Transport Industry? With the implementation of this new requirement, all companies experienced an increase in operating costs due to several factors:
The initial cost of equipping all of our commercial vehicles with this new system.
Training and education costs for drivers and dispatchers on how to use this new system.
The monthly fees associated with maintaining and using this new system.
In addition to these initial operating costs, drivers are now held, with no flexibility, to a very strict process of how long they can operate their vehicles without penalty or fines. With the new ELDs the Department of Transportation can now monitor driving logs of drivers more efficiently and thoroughly.
Since the industry has tightened down and placed more rules, regulations, and restrictions on the drivers customers who are utilizing these commercial drivers are seeing that rates have increased due to these changes. Unfortunately, as a potential customer who needs to have a vehicle transported, prices are much higher than they were a year ago because of this simply change to the industry. Drivers are constantly being monitored and any mistake or misstep can cost them greatly. There is no grey area when it comes to the driving time rules and drivers have no way to finagle the process to work in their favor. Travel times have increased because of the strict time restraints and so have the expenses associated with being on the road for longer period of times due to the increased travel times. And keep in mind that this is in addition to the yearly cost increases related with diesel fuel costs and insurances.
Some of the advantages of ELDs.
- Tracks hours of service
- Allows the monitoring of truck routes and locations.
- Allows drivers to send and receive information in real time.
- Allows fleet managers to monitor driving performance.
- Monitors fuel consumption and tire pressure.
- Stores vehicle inspection reports and other data.
What we guarantee. Here at We Will Transport It, we pride ourselves in having the most up to date ELD equipment in all of our trucks and drivers who are committed to operating within the rules and regulations that are required with using the Electronic Logging Devices. Although the industry has changed our commitment to making sure that our prices remain competitive. We take our 5-Star Rating with the Department of Transportation and our A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau very seriously. And although operating prices have increased, we are still committed to providing you with a fair and honest rate for our services.