A Bumpy Road
The ELD Mandate was created in the spirit of creating a more streamlined shipping experience. In order for shipments to go much faster and to record information more accurately ELD’s were placed in the cab of every driver. Furthermore, this allowed for an increase in the number of jobs that a driver could take in a day. But, it isn’t all sunshine and rainbows in “truckingland.” As with anything in the commercial trucking industry, change is difficult to process. It’s an unwelcome addition to any facet of the industry and can lead to difficulties experienced on the road. Thus, the ELD Mandate has become a point of contention among the trucking community. Many love it, however, many also hate it. Like everything, the ELD Mandate has its pros and cons. In this article, we’ll be going over the pros and cons of the ELD Mandate one year out.
In this section, we’ll be going over most of the cons associated with the ELD Mandate. First off, it causes trouble for truckers when they have to find a safe parking spot to rest. Next, drivers can no longer move their vehicles from the back of the yard to front of the yard in order to get some food before starting their day.
They need to work by the very specific time-related parameters given to them by the ELD thanks to its tracking. Due to this time requirement, drivers and warehouse workers would need to work earlier than usual. Additionally, in some cases, this means that they also need to stay later than usual because of the required breaks. Next, on the list, many carriers were required to buy more trailers to meet new ELD requirements. This would lead to a crunch in yards and would also make it difficult to find space for these trailers. Next is the new need for drivers of all types. This created a surge in demand for third-party drivers. Essentially all of these negative attributes can be boiled down to a lack of agency. These companies and drivers wouldn’t have a choice in how they do things.
Of course, with all of these negatives comes another list of positives. Essentially, various companies saw the ELD Mandate as an opportunity. It would be an opportunity to do things by the book, improve efficiency, and create a greater ROI. Operations staff and dispatchers were ecstatic about the increase in real-time visibility that ELD’s provided.
This allowed them to see exactly how close drivers were to violating time requirements. Furthermore, that would save their companies a nice chunk of change. Drivers that have always done things by-the-book would actually see an increase in flexibility. ELD’s log to the minute, instead of logging every 15 minutes. That way by-the-book drivers were able to do more with less. This next point is less of a pro and more of a “positive” outcome. ELD’s allowed companies to continue working with their insurance providers. So, what do these reactions mean to the greater trucking community? It seems to be more negative among drivers and more positive among companies. Additionally, the one certainty about the ELD mandate is that feelings surrounding will change over time.
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