POLL: Majority Of Truckers Say ELDs Failing To Deliver Predicted Time-Saving Benefits

Little Rock, Arkansas – The results of a new poll reveal electronic logging devices (ELDs) may not be delivering the time-saving benefits proponents predicted.

The grassroots trucker advocacy group, TruckerNation, recently conducted an online poll to assess if ELDs were delivering on promised time reductions in completing the federally mandated record of duty status (RODS) each day.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) current Information Collection Request (ICR) entitled “Hours of Service (HOS) of Drivers Regulations” indicates commercial drivers and motor carriers reported “the use of ELDs reduces the driver’s time to input duty status from 6.5 minutes to 2 minutes.”

 

FMCSA asserted 3.42 million CMV drivers and 540,000 motor carriers participated in the current ICR which expires June 30, 2019.

Further, the ICR predicted that as a result of the implementation of the ELD mandate the industry would benefit by “a reduction in the burden hours from 99.46 million hours to 41.03 million hours.”

According to the new poll, which was commissioned by TruckerNation in a direct response to FMCSA’s ICR (FMCSA-2019-0023) published and opened for public comment on March 8, 2019, the majority of drivers are not experiencing these type of time-saving benefits.

 

A report of TruckerNation’s findings reads,

TruckerNation’s poll results show that 62% of drivers indicated that it takes them 6.5 minutes or longer to input their daily duty status and complete a daily record of duty status (RODS) according to current HOS rules when using an Electronic Logging Device (ELD). This contradicts FMCSA’s estimation that the use of ELDs will reduce the driver’s time to input duty status from 6.5 minutes to 2 minutes and an annual reduction in the burden hours from 99.46 million hours to 41.03 million hours.

In addition to the quantitive data, TruckerNation’s report outlined a list of anecdotal data points highlighting truckers’ ongoing frustration with ELDs.

This data includes:

– ELDs take extensive amounts of time when updating or rebooting which is reported to happen monthly, weekly, and sometimes, multiple times daily.

– Delays when device changes duty status result in inaccurate time recording and additional time spent correcting inaccurate duty status by the driver and/or administrative staff.

– ELD systems do not recognize HOS exemptions which results in drivers and/or administrative staff having to make annotations or simply allow HOS to be wrong and on duty time is not editable.

– Drivers are forced to approve daily HOS even if errors exist because they cannot correct on duty time.

– Technology not compatible with older mobile devices for users that use AOBRDs.

Further, TruckerNation’s report asserts that ELD-providers are failing to adequately address these issues.

 

As a result, the report states that “usability and reliability for drivers, commercial transportation companies, and potentially, law enforcement” is in question.

The group is calling on FMCSA to take action and undertake “a comprehensive review of the technical specifications, individual ELD manufacturers, the self-certification process, and usability/reliability.”


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How The Poll Was Conducted

The poll was conducted exclusively online and commissioned by TruckerNation to its members and social media followers who use an ELD to complete a daily duty status.

 

TruckerNation Opposes The ELD Mandate

It should also be noted TruckerNation opposes the ELD mandate.

The group grew out of a social media uprising of thousands of truckers known as “ELD or Me” which proposed quitting the industry if the ELD mandate was implemented.

TruckerNation also supports legislation (H.R. 1697 & 1698) introduced by Rep. Colin Peterson (D-MN) which would exempt agriculture haulers and carriers with 10 trucks or fewer from being subject to the mandate.

Read more about the legislation HERE.

 

FMCSA Seeking Public Comments To Update Information Collection

FMCSA is asking for your comments on the matter in an effort to update the information collection on this issue.

You are asked to comment on any aspect of this information collection, including: (1) Whether the proposed collection is necessary for the performance of FMCSA’s functions; (2) the accuracy of the estimated burden; (3) ways for the FMCSA to enhance the quality, usefulness, and clarity of the collected information; and (4) ways that the burden could be minimized without reducing the quality of the information collected.

The Agency will summarize or include your comments in the request for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget’s clearance of the revised ICR.

The agency must receive comments by no later than May 7, 2019.

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