Truckers Grapple with Switch to Electronic Logs

November 29, 2016 by Clarissa Hawes

The trucking industry has a little more than a year to get ready for a massive transformation – dumping the paper logs that drivers use to document adherence to federal regulations on how many hours they are on the road in exchange for foolproof electronic logging devices.

Equipping roughly 500,000 U.S. trucking firms with these so-called electronic logging devices, or ELDs, looks to be about a $1-billion business, according to Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates. The mandate will affect more than 3 million truck drivers in the U.S., according to the American Trucking Associations.

Already, 15 companies have registered devices with the FMCSA, a mandatory requirement in advance of the regulation that goes into effect a year from Dec. 18. Device manufacturers must certify that their ELDs adhere to more than 126 pages of technical specifications. Several more companies are expected to enter the market in the next year.

The FMCSA has pushed for electronic logging to prevent driver cheating on paper logs. The devices link to a semi-truck’s engine, capturing the movement of the truck and recording how much time a trucker is at the wheel. By law, drivers are limited to 11 hours of driving daily.

The FMCSA estimates that ELDs will prevent 1,844 crashes, 562 injuries and save 26 lives annually by keeping exhausted drivers off the road. Switching to electronic logs also is expected to eliminate more than $1.6 billion in paperwork costs for motor carriers and law enforcement agencies reviewing drivers’ logs, according to the FMCSA.

Already large carriers such as UPS, FedEx and Werner Enterprises are using electronic systems to record truckers’ driving time and behavior. The American Trucking Associations, which counts many large carriers among its members, has supported the federal mandate.

“We look forward to its implementation,” the trade group told

But the regulation has encountered fierce resistance from independent drivers who believe the devices will be intrusive.

“I will not be electronically monitored and tracked by my government,” veteran trucker DuWayne Marshall of Watertown, Wis., told

Barring some unanticipated policy reversal, Marshall said he will retire a day before the mandate goes into effect.

But others are ready to comply with the regulation.

Ronnie Sellers of Knoxville, Tenn., who owns a three-truck operation, said he has been running e-logs since 2011.

“I would not run paper logs, and I just don’t see what the big deal is,” Sellers told “Anyone who complains about e-logs is basically admitting they are going to run illegally.”

A last-ditch effort to block the ELD rule by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, a trade group that represents more than 150,000 small-business truckers, failed last month when the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago rejected the owner-operator group’s arguments that ELDs would violate truck drivers’ privacy and foster carrier harassment over driving hours.

The organization is assessing whether it will appeal the decision.

“We are disappointed and strongly disagree with the court’s ruling,” said Jim Johnston, the group’s chief executive. “Because this issue is of vital importance to our members and all small-business truckers, we are reviewing our next steps to continue our challenge against this regulation.”

Still, they might get at least a temporary reprieve.

“If electronic logging device implementation gets sticky because of the FMCSA’s slowness in publishing complete technical standards, the [Trump] administration is much more likely to postpone the December 2017 deadline,” said Noël Perry, a transportation economist at FTR, an industry research firm.

In the meantime, the trucking industry will need the next year to implement the mandate.

“We are kind of in this interim where things are kind of a mess because FMCSA hasn’t produced a software program to accept the files and they haven’t found a way to test the files,” Annette Sandberg, the agency’s former deputy administrator, told

Additionally, large ELD providers – including PeopleNet, Omnitracs and EROAD, which some motor carriers are already using –  haven’t yet registered their products with the FMCSA.

Eroad Electronic Logging Device

EROAD Electronic Logging Device. (Photo: EROAD)

There has been some fear among ELD providers to “rush to register their products with FMCSA too quickly,” said Gail Levario, EROADS’ vice president of strategy and market development.

Providers are still evaluating their own internal testing framework to make sure their procedures are “rock solid and meet the self-certification requirements,” Levario said.

How quickly law enforcement will be trained on how to read and transfer data using the new electronic logging devices is another concern.

Collin Mooney, executive director for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, or CVSA, said his agency is in the process of “ramping up and coordinating with ELD vendors for the training of law enforcement officials.”

About 4 million commercial vehicle inspections are conducted every year throughout North America, according to the CVSA.

“Most recently, we invited a number of ELD vendors to start educating enforcement, not only law enforcement, but other government personnel and the industry on the specific devices,” Mooney told “We have started filming small demonstration snippets from each of the vendors, and we are in the process of putting together a video on how to navigate each individual device for training purposes.”

The safety alliance is working to get law enforcement up to speed before the rule kicks in next year.

Some motor carriers that haven’t switched over to e-logs are waiting to see which providers will have devices that meet FMCSA’s technical specifications in the coming months. The cost of the devices is also a concern for some who are weighing their options.

Electronic logging devices can range from $165 to $832, with one of the more popular devices priced around $495 per truck, according to

As with any new product, Sandberg said carriers must be wary and do their due diligence in selecting an ELD provider.

“I wouldn’t encourage motor carriers to go with the cheapest one, because sometimes you get what you pay for, but maybe the most expensive one isn’t the best option either,” she said.

Longtime owner-operator Tim Philmon of Middleburg, Fla., said he is going to give electronic logs a shot and see how it fits in his trucking operation before making any rash decisions.

“I’ve always said that the only regulation that could potentially change the face of the transportation industry is when the federal government numbers the pages of our logbooks,” Philmon told

The switch to e-logs didn’t fare well for one Arkansas-based motor carrier that implemented a mandatory switchover from paper logs for its owner-operators back in 2010, years ahead of the upcoming mandate.

Fikes Truck Line of Hope, Ark., which had been in the trucking business for 74 years, was dealt a fatal blow when the company lost 40 percent of its owner-operators in the “blink of an eye,” according to Gary Salisbury, Fikes’ chairman.

Other small carriers are having trouble getting ELDs into their fleet. A recent survey for Stifel Transportation & Logistics Research Group asked trucking companies if they lost drivers “who did not want to operate under ELDs” – 51.4 percent reported that they did lose drivers, 48.6 percent said none of their drivers left.

One carrier who responded to the survey said that it had a fleet of 110 trucks and “lost 29 drivers when (they) switched them over to e-logs. They either quit the day we put it in their truck or within two weeks.”

66 Responses

  1. Jonathan

    It’s time for all the drivers to park it ..30 years of driving are about to come to an end November 2017 if this goes into affect

    • Kevin

      Who really wants to run 14 hours per day? 7 days a week? To make 50 some grand per year?? It’s like 15 to 20 dollars per hour with ( Zero) over time pay?? If you are going to bitch about anything. How about your UN-Paid time loading and unloading for people that go home at the end of the night. That don’t care 2 cents worth if you do or not. Fools

      • Jesse

        I agree with Kevin the issue is not the stupid eld or the 14 hr rule. The issue has always been wait times and not getting paid for our wait at shippers and receivers. There’s nothing worse than arriving at your appointment and these bastards take 4 to 8 hrs to unload without pay or get some b’s detention pay. After 1 hr 100 an hr to the o/o for every hr after that.

      • Nick

        Don’t know what world you live in. But I get paid from the moment I get in the yard to the time I get back with overtime pay at $20 per hour. Half my time is sitting at a location sleeping, I can work 24/7 like that because I get lots of sleep here and there. It’s how it’s done in the oil field. I didn’t come out here to make $45,000 per year, we make $90,000. But after elogs, i won’t . So they will try to hire 2 guys to replace one guy. But both will make less. Good luck, we are short of drivers now. Where u gonna find those drivers? Maybe they think some idiot at McDonalds is trainable, I’d hate to be in the road with a bunch McDonald’s retards behind the wheel. Fuck congress! There will be much less productivity in the oilfield, prices will go up. Truckers who are making 90,000. Are going to want more money for doing less work. You have to run your truck hard, no stopping when your tired, This might work for over the road long haul. But not the oilfield

  2. Michael Page

    Do the math!!! This will not decrease accidents in the United States. I hope I’m wrong.

  3. Pete

    E logs do not help stop drivers from driving tired. They actually encourage drowsy driving. If you have hours available it’s either use them or lose them. They also encourage speeding and other unsafe activities. You have 11 hours to go as many miles as you can. At least with paper logs you could take a relaxed 13 hour drive and show you did it in 11.


      That’s my point exactly they are gonna make us drive tired and then we’re are we all gonna Park if we all end the day at same time makes no sence it will be anarchy

      • Willie

        You did that your self no one can put your life in danger by making u unsafe you do that

    • Mun

      With paperlog , U can easly go to washroom and stop where parking is available , in my last trip i fail to find parking and without proper rest had to drive again because i had to follow the rules

  4. Noel Eichbaum

    The experience in New Zealand, where Eroad is the leader in RUC and data collection, is that it does encourage better driver behaviour and in fact is embraced by drivers, who often the target of unfair criticism in accidents. The monitoring of drivers and analysis of behaviour does as much to protect the drivers as anything else. Companies can not put pressure on drivers to exceed driving time limits or speed limits to meet deadlines. Drivers who embrace this are generally rewarded better as the employer companies’ reputations are enhanced and their insurance premiums are lower.

    • Rocky 'Centerline Cowboy' Rogers

      Dear Noel, appreciate your comments, but in the US of A, dispatchers have the option, built in, of “adjusting” hours, and they do. Check it out under Google. Adjusting or fudging logs is in direct response to the greed of the industry, to not pay a driver for all hours on the job, increases the bank deposit each week………….but only for the trucking companies and the shippers and receivers who benefit from the free labor of us all. A large grocer in WI, Gateway Foods, paid their drivers both mileage and loading and unloading pay………….over 25 years ago, and they were hugely prosperous. So what do us Northerners know that the rest of the country doesn’t…………or doesn’t WANT to know. Eh?

    • Jodie Dunn

      “Driver’s will NOT embrace this”….I beg to differ. Are you even in the trucking industry??

    • Stanley BRODKA

      you said New Zealand this is USA different kind of ANIMAL.

    • Clint

      They’re obviously breeding a bunch of cucks in New Zealand so yeah point well taken!

  5. Brian

    I was recently told by A DOT officer that I was a dishonest truck driver. When I asked him why, he said because I was still running paper logs. I told him I may be a dishonest truck driver but at least I am and alert dishonest truck driver. E-logs are not necessarily the problem. The problem is the hours of service. The 14-hour clock forces drivers to drive tired. Watching that clock and knowing that you have to get so many miles driven that day causes anxiety. Anytime there is anxiety there are mistakes. If you took an accountant doing your taxes, stood over his shoulder and told him he had to have it done in 15 minutes your taxes would have mistakes. You do this to a truck driver who’s rolling down the road at 80,000 pounds now you have a deadly mistakes. Since some companies have gone to elog I have seen this anxiety firsthand. Drivers are pulling out in front of people they are running red lights they are driving up the shoulder in traffic jams to get around people. I have seen all of this. I have also seen far more wrecks on perfectly Sunny afternoons and as you drive by you see the little green sticker on the side of the truck that says (e-log). Why is there not been a study on how many e-log trucks are getting in accidents now. As of right now I do not know how many e-log trucks are out there but I know that is it is nowhere near 3 million and already there are far more avoidable accidents happening than ever before. December 18th of 2017 when all 3 million trucks have to start running e-log…do the right thing, keep your family off the road it’s going to be a very unsafe place.

  6. Jonathan m.Hicks

    Brian is right on the money with his comment ..
    This e- log thing is imposed and pushed on the trucking industry for one accomplishment only, mandate the ones of interest money..
    E- logs will not save any lives ,not lower insurance company s demand to pay on accidents.. E-logs will only increase accidents.. It will make Drivers nervous for two major things.. One ; less pay Coz it will take more time to do the same job.. Look at this.. Ok, Drive time is not the stress issue, don t make the Driver Drosey.. It door doc time and wait time, to get on doc to be loaded.. This is all wasted time .. This time stress drivers befor the Drive.. This is part of his 14 hour duty time waisted .. Broken in sections of the day
    .. He can t rest or sleep.. This is more and really the only stress a driver has before he hits the road.. The problems of getting loaded it the biggest stress..
    This is the part of the TRUCKING INDUSTRY that needs to be fixed and Drivers compensated. The three hours on Doc Door s is befor compensation is just not right..that to much time to be on a doc for any way ,that doesn’t even count for time waiting to get on Doc Door .. Or the wasted time from one drop shipment to pick up shipment.. There is very little Drive time used .. Only 14 hour time .. That renders times used in a day .. Stressing the Driver befor he gets in the Delivery Drive of his trip..
    E-logs is not any solution for the Truckers Safty Issues
    E-Logs will only increase Driver Stress , One more VISE to accomplish to Master the Professional Drivers Day

  7. Wayne

    I do agree with Brian and Johnathon M. Hicks. If these law makers where to go with any driver to see what that driver and others are going though they need to spend time on the road. They have no clue of what they are doing. Statistics may show 1 side of the story. just not all sides. They need to pull their head out of their tail ends and do more at understanding the situations at hand. Not just the surveys that is handed to them. Same thing goes for a lot of dispatchers. They need to do the same. Also if a company does have e-logs. It is possible the company can easily change the e-log program for that vehicle. sometimes even easier for the company to falsify them records on the e-log device. At that rate what good is E-LOG. Us drivers are already getting harassed constantly by law enforcement even for no reason at all. Us drivers are tired of being harassed too much.

  8. Clayton

    Only job I’ve ever had where I can’t put in a hard day’s work if I need too! Thanks fmcsa for making Americans lazy!!!! And let’s look at those stats again. I’d take my o/o with a paper log over a rushing elog driver anyday.

    • Tony

      Yes ehat is going to heppen in rush hour many drivers pull over and weit to get on road back after the rush hour when E log book will start we have to drive as much as we can, it is a garbage sistem i fill bad because we know the truck not officials who makes rules and it is garbage sistem hope our new President dose stop it imediately. Thank you

  9. Derek

    My name is Derek Cook. I use E-logs and hate them with a passion. The thing never stops yakking at you, draws your attention away from driving. They are a danger to drivers and the general public. Just because you set for 10hrs doesn’t mean your sleeping. Most of the time your wishing the 10hrs where over, so you can go. They are absolutely a foolish device that needs extinction.

    • Chris Phibbs


      Take a look at I use thier Journey ELD and you can literally turn off the volume to 0%. I know some of the devices I had looked at in the past you could not control volume at all. I believe that is what you are running into. ELD overall once you get used to it really is no all that bad.

  10. Justin

    There not worried about us owners making a living it’s a money grabber for the law enforcement agencies I’m not working for a couple hundred dollars a week

    • Ray

      I own 20 trucks we are going to run up to the mandate and we are selling out.15 drivers out of 20 said they are going to stay till the mandate and either retiring or going to drive local. All my drivers been driving 15 plus years.I would say that 75 percent don’t know where fmcsa is getting there percentage from.


        I honestly believe that we as truck drivers should not just lay down and except it .we run the fraight for this country we stop for two weeks we could have what ever we want we own the road we are truckers American truckers at that this law is BS and we all know it its time we stood up and told our president that this law is gonna kill hundreds if not thousands of jobs in this country. If we don’t speak God can’t hear us we must get a hold of department of transportation and tell them that this law is unsafe it makes u drive when u are not ready to drive once ur say start it’s gogogogogogo and that’s whenough mistakes occur when lives are lost property is lost just cause I am hammer down trying to make my 715 for the day. This law will make me and my wife sell our truck and retire early

  11. joe

    this is NOT going to save lives and make anything safer..It is going to FORCE truckers to drive as hard as possible to get in the amount of time they have to drive in a given day, tired, sleepy, or sick, keep it moving and get as far as possible before you run out of hours to drive… this si something the government seems to like and not one of the ones that implimented it has ever been anywhere around a truck.

  12. Tony

    Well what is going to hapen is that small companys will disapear togather with owner operators abd big company’s will take over the bussiness like they wanted to do long time a go that is why they invest to disappear small trucking industry, what is going to happen is we as small OT will get a driver job local so we will enjoy the family life the peapel are the consumers they will pay probebly duble their groceries or every thing because there will be no more owner operators aby nore who delivers for cheap price the freight will be double a lot of brokers will lose their jobs so that means also a lot of DOT guys will lose their jobs also because not much they can do any more so all 3 parties will be loseing ecept the invester ? Big company’s who like to not have competitions, so this is our DOT dose not thing they getting use by big company’s good locke all you 3 parties who are fiyting each ather to benefit big company’s.


    Small operations have to work with a wider margin than the mega carriers. The current hours-of-service take away that wider margin. That is why the mega carriers are on board with the hours of service and being able to enforce them with electronic logs. It’s a move to force smaller companies out of business. This enables the mega carriers to control the market and the labor force. There is no doubt in my mind that the ATA and the FEDS are all getting money under the table from the mega carriers to get this done.

    • Ed

      It’s the Feds, the Mega Carriers, and the Insurance companies. That and the CDL mills teaching drivers just enough to pass a road test SWIFT…want to be an O/O yep just sign here.
      I predict the roads will be more unsafe as the Professional Drivers call it. Wages are half what they used to be. Great for those Mega Companies, just hire more entry level drivers. That helps the bottom line.
      So why E-logs? MONEY.
      There isn’t a driver shortage yet, but there will be if the don’t pay more to keep experienced drivers on the road.
      Maybe those O/O that come off the the road should open places for all those trucks to park before the drivers run out of hours. Maybe except company fuel cards or something. Reserved parking is B/S.
      A diner would be great also. Enough fast food.
      Just my 2 cents

    • deb

      I know one small local company needs to be forced out of business. They run my hubby 17 plus hours a day with 3 hours sleep. Then he has to get up and do it all over again. These are the companies that need to be shut down. They do not and never will follow the DOT laws that are out there to protect you drivers.

  14. Barry

    One of the new requirements is that the ELD be integrally synchronized with the vehicle engine control module (ECM) to automatically capture engine power status, vehicle motion status, miles driven, and engine hours. The previous requirement was that the AOBRD be “integrally synchronized” but did not define this term.

  15. Patrick Sullivan

    The mega companies want to make it a even playing field let them pay 500.00 per for tires if you can’t afford to go on strike now you definitely won’t be able to when this comes into effect its not safety it’s only money that’s all this is owner operator for 27 years I will be selling my truck when this comes into effect

  16. snoyl

    The hours of service have zero flexibility. So when I have a nine am delivery appointment and they do not get the truck unloaded until 1:15PM. The driver is screwed. Just had a call and about a load and they rejected the truck because he was going to be available one hour after what the wanted. Today I rejected a load offer because they said they do not pay detention. Good luck to all of the “just in time” inventory operations. On the bright side for those of us who are left the rates are bound to go way up.

  17. Steve

    I can’t even find a unit that will work in my haul truck. Grant you I only Hot Shot now but no one will even talk to me because I don’t have 20 or 30 rigs. Then I need to be able to save these logs some how as I don’t have some one sitting at a computer to record them. I also do not want to add expense by paying a service monthly. That always gets botched. I have a son working for the railroad and has e-log on his service rig and said it is a nightmare. From not working to clocking out for lunch and not being able to move or you have to start break time over again. Will see if any changes happen by years end or 40 years of a cdl forget it.

  18. Dave

    This will turn into a ticket for going 66 in a 65, or something similar. If the government can screw us out of money they will. I Suggest everybody parks it starting Dec. 17, implementation day. 35 Years trucking, time to retire.


    I’m a O/O and the company I’m leased to is going E-Logs.I have been checking the last couple of months and seen my average speed is a lot less than my GPS is showing. I show average speed of 5 miles less than posted. This week in a mostly 70 MPH drive my GPS showed my average sleep of 62MPH. I agree with most other drivers in that the new mandate is going to force driver to drive when they show take a nap. This ruling has been the the works for at least 20 years, with the big carriers using the rail and only what trucks for the trans from the rail to the customer, this is a LARGE money maker for the big companys but the small business and customers at the end will be the loser. Time for frieght is going to more than double if not triple.

  20. Army Mom

    My husband is an O/O leased to a major company and I ride full time with him. He will be cancelling his lease, i.e., retiring, come 17 Dec 17 because of the ELD issue. It’s not about people running illegal paper logs, as some think, it’s another way to get MONEY out of our pockets. We are tired of working and giving OUR MONEY away. Stop and think about the money these ELD companies are going to make from the small 1 truck owner – totally outrageous!

  21. Kevin

    I have tryed paperless logs.and they are great if you know where you are going.but most of that 11 hour rule goes to 10 hours just to make sure you can find a parking spot.we have states that dont allow us to park on the ramps……im going to laugh so hard when these know it all start pay more for everything.i can run legal but i will not drive in Rush hour traffic.and sitting at the docks for 4 and 5 hours what about that. At the end of the getting tired of all the bullshit with trucking we are most taxed industry in USA .we have our own dedicated law enforcement….. …My Dad showed me gow to drive .and i have been doing it 24 years im tired of all Bull. I have been trying to put together a plan to.get out of trucking i think i will be one of the lucky ones.i feel sorry for the ones that can’t .

  22. Larry

    What is the trucking industry going to do when they run out of experienced drivers. Yes hire more out of county people that have a hard time understanding what’s going on. I have over two million miles under my belt .It’s time to retire and stay off the highway. There will be more wrecks and death’s in the future.
    I drive a four state area delivering in the oilfields.Were on bad dirt roads, slowing driving where you can’t drive over 15 mph. You can’t plan anything but standby and meany more thing such as chaining up and unchaining, yes we get payed of all this.The elogs will stop me any where from 25 to 75 miles from home. Now what set there for ten hours. Where we will not be payed That’s not going to happen. (Hope all this make seance but I’m old and pissed.)

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  24. Jason

    I havn’t drove legal in over 17 years. I’m always working close to 16-18 hours because I take a 4-6 hour nap after 4-6 hours of work, lol. There is no way to do my job 14 hours straight 3-4 days in a row without falling over dead. Sorry to hurt someone’s feelings on telling the truth.

    • Kevin

      18 hours a day? You don’t drive to make a living. You only drive to exist. AKA. No home life. Don’t want to hear about 3 weeks out and 1 Week home. Still sucks


    A logs is a safety issue drivers trying to pay attention more to the elog and stressing out over there time causing heart problems and high blood pressure looking at the elogs make some distracted from the road

  26. Johnny nelson

    I have bean on thr road since 2003 and probably for another 5 month that will be the end of my driving currier .i do not think that it is nassisery that i am being monitor by the goverment at all times nor by the fmcsa i be leave that its alright to be monitored by God at all time, not by any law informant officer or any government officials , this system is not going to prevent and death,and it will not save any lives this system is going to hurt a lot of companies. Specialy carriers that do any southern u s border crossing , because crossing the border takes any where from 2 to 6 hrs depending on the mood the border petrol officer is in ,any family problems with the officer at home automatically becomes the drivers problem . I just think that all drivers should not go to work for 1 day, then every driver would be respected a little differently by lawinforsment thin we wood not need any elictric e manifest, al thay would wont is there food and products delivered a always have a nice day

  27. Anthony

    You will probably find driver rates will go up,with less stress involved.

  28. Jim

    E logs. What next? Is this really America? Land of the free? I question that every time I think about elogs. It would seem that salesmen should be under the same rules. I am only a 1 truck operation. Since the 14 hr rule came about, I find myself driving while tired, sleepy, only because Of this idiotic rule. It is a mandate to drive when you need a nap. How stupid! I would like to know the idiot that thought this one up. I will probably sell out and perhaps drive locally, I am 64 so not so far away from retirement. Good luck to those who make it work.

  29. Jim

    One more thing to consider. Stop going to the washinton dc area. No freight in or out. See how the politicians like that!

  30. Jim

    If you run legally you have nothing to fear. If you run two sets of log books, I don’t want you on the road. I see too many tired drivers weaving at night and more than a few wind up overturned in the ditch. You who threaten to leave the biz, please do.

  31. CD

    Enforcing elds on owner-operators is a violation of their constitutional rights it’s okay for company trucks but when a driver pays for his truck out of his pocket the government or anyone else shouldn’t tell him when he could drive it or do anything that he want to do with it we are experienced professional drivers why should we need a babysitter

    • fredx10x

      i been in the trucking industry for 30 years. e log is the biggest mistake this government ever made.e log will work for dedicated runs only like fedex or companies that delivers to the same place every day and that is all . truckers are bigger than government and bigger than anyone abuse truckers and agree with this stupid law. we need to go on strike to show the animals that do not understand who we are. and shut them all down so they could understand what is it like to live in the american jungle.they better have lots of bananas to feed their monkeys or a banana clip to survive.

  32. fredx10x

    all toll roads should be against the law. tell the government to build you roads where you need it with your tax money. you own the land not the government.

    • Chris

      I agree with your statement on roads the federal government and the state s need to build and maintain all interstate s and highways.we pay taxes for that purpose..not .to turn around and have to pay tolls…maybe if the.Fed’s would stop giving all our tax dollars .to a certain group .of people .that lay up on their ass.and have 10 kids so they can suck on the government s tot.and get free rent .food medical.make their ads get a job.and instead of giving them every thing.they should fine them if they have over to kids.

  33. Jim

    Seems like a lot of confessions on here. The problem seems to be that truckers don’t like the way they get paid for the job and they fudge the paper logs to make up for it. Now that they won’t be able to fudge the paper logs, they have to fight the ones that pay them or fight they electronic logs. Seems like it would be more constructive to drive within the guidelines and if the employer tries to punish the driver, the union has electronic logs to back the driver.

  34. Aldo

    Hi. I am ALDO. I think this is the end of small trucking industry and they are doing it to end it. This will not only make me quit driving but also will make me leave this country after 20 years of living here. I already closed my bank accounts, ready to go over seas. See you America when your laws will make more sense. You will not control me.

  35. rob

    E logs are not bad easier to understand then paper but I do not want a camera watching me drive or pick my ears or what ever that I do not agree with Behavior monitor?? no way that is to far

  36. AJ

    We truckers transport 95% of the things people own, use, consume or dispose off. Why do we have to bend over backwards for this new system when we have their b@**s in a vice. We must all strike. To be paid by the mile and then to be limited by the hours is probably the worst deal of the century because now not only do truckers have to meet the delivery appointment times but also keep up with HOS. That’s a dual time constraint on our jobs.
    A ‘Miles of Service’ regulation makes more sense than an ‘Hours of Service’ regulation.
    Instead of 11 hours of drive time, could we cap the limit to 650 miles per shift with a 10 hour rest/reset period in between shifts. This will protect drivers from exploitation. Drivers can choose to drive @ 60 mph instead of 65 mph thereby saving fuel for either themselves and/or their companies. This could also reduce emissions. This could also reduce driver fatigue related accidents. This could also give shippers a better delivery time frame and also allow companies to allot piece work based on distance to be covered. The more you think about it, the more sense a ‘Miles of Service’ system makes.

  37. David

    Hey, As it is mandatory for each driver to have ELDs in their vehicle, during working hours, the driver may misuse these elds for their personal use like accessing unnecessary apps & websites, streaming videos for which it may cost you in the data usage and also distract their mind from driving. To prevent drivers from doing unnecessary things, I have used MobiLock Pro( to run devices in the single app mode which helps us to save my data cost and improve my business productivity.

  38. Richard

    I just want to beat the fuck out the ass holes that are forcing eld’s down my throat just a bunch of communists that are trying to control me like I’m a slave or someone under a dictatorship all you fucking sheep out there are letting them do what ever they want serves you right fucktards coward’s stand up tell the fmcsa to fuck off

  39. Claudia

    My husband is 76 years old and has been driving 50+ years in the industry. He still works because social security is not enough to live on. But, now with the new e logs he is ready to quit. I don’t know what we will do. The company he works for, just handed him a smart phone and told him to go for it. No instruction. He has never used a smart phone. Now, the dmn thing shuts off, changes duty status, causes all kinds of problems. Sitting at a shipper for hours used allow a driver to take sleeper time. The other day he was at a shipper and they told him to go ahead and lay down. Which he did. He had over 4 hours in the sleeper, but once he was loaded, he could not stay there and finish his sleeper time, he had to drive 5 minutes to find a place to shut down. This broke his sleeper time and his 10 hours had to start all over again. How does this help with safety issues? Because of these e logs, many many experienced drivers are leaving the industry. This is going to leave these young pups who know nothing about the rules of the road, courtesy, or any of the other unspoken valuable safety rules that are not taught to these young people. I think it is interesting that phone use while driving is being regulated and fined in autos, yet they are being forced on Big Rig drivers at a time when they have cause so many accidents.

    • Tumbleweed

      Lady you must be an idiot your husband drove a truck 50 years he’s 76 years old are you serious you should have money saved by now or you wasted 50 years of driving you’re an idiot lady your husband’s almost 80 years old he’s probably burnt out tired and needs to you get a job you should have been working all those years with him and double money so you wouldn’t have to work you’re an idiot don’t even make comments on the truck and paid your stupid

  40. Tumbleweed

    When they force you to drive 11 hours then if you got tired and had to sleep for 3 or 4 hours cuz you were really tired after driving five hours you have to continue to drive the rest of the six hours which makes you unsafe driving tired because if you don’t work 11 hours then you’re done for the day if you went to sleep cuz the hours will be gone you can’t drive anymore you have 11 hours to drive once you start the truck so it’s all b******* you f****** a bunch of morons all of yours was made up he logs hours of service you cut are five hours sleep before our driving or 5 hours driving and for our sleeping split in The Sleeper Berth up will people get tired after 6 or 7 hours sometimes and they need to take a break but they can’t with the f*****-up rules that you was made your all f***** up and it’s all about money you don’t give a f*** about the driver or his health you want to know sometimes you might drive 4 hours 5 6 hours and get tired what the laws now you got to keep going if you’re tired are they blind I don’t get it they talk about safety some people get tired about 7 hours of non-stop driving they want to rest for a couple hours or maybe five hours now you got to drive the full 11 hours who the hell drives over the road goes on vacation doesn’t get tired everybody knows everybody get started sometimes the road hypnotizes everybody 100 percent of the people it’s all on and a big scam we ought to be paid for sitting and waiting to get on load they ought to frame the companies that make us sit there for 2 6 to 8 hours to get unloaded find them Federal fines cuz that kills our day at work we sit there and ours we miss we might have in the morning and didn’t get a load to 4 and now I got to pick up a load that they want the next day it ain’t going to happen your rules are all f***** up

  41. Jonathan M Smith

    Electronic Logging Device is the latest technology that is taking the trucking industry by storm in the USA. It is mandatory for all the trucking entrepreneurs to use this device. Hence, you must purchase it sooner and get in installed in your vehicle for enjoying the benefits. Get complete information on this website.


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