ATA asks for quick implementation of electronic logging regulations

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ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Associations (ATA) last week put pressure on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to swiftly issue its electronic logging device (ELD) regulations.

“ATA supports laws and regulations mandating the installation and use of electronic logging devices for recording drivers’ hours-of-service. To this end, ATA advocated for the MAP-21 provision mandating a rulemaking to require ELDs,” ATA said in its June 26 comments. “ATA is confident that such devices will improve compliance with the hours-of-service regulations and ultimately safety.”

“For ATA’s members safety is the highest priority,” said ATA President and CEO Bill Graves, “and as such, we stand behind that agency as it advances a common sense solution to improving the safety of our nation’s highways.”

In its comments, ATA also called on the agency to provide incentives to encourage adoption of the technology in advance of the mandate.

“We know these devices can improve safety, so it makes sense for FMCSA to do all they can to encourage adoption of electronic logging devices,” Graves said.

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  • Then put your money where mouth is and any trucking company with 6 or more trucks agree to pay 2 time the min wage in the state the truck are based out of and after 10 hour per day 3 times the min wage rate in that state. The driver would not leave trucking if the trucking industry was to do that. The only other solution is to bring large # of foreign drivers, as the wages are now too low to support a household without cheating on the logs

  • electronic logs work in a perfect world but in the world we live in it is just a farce the driver with paper log has more options available than the E log because the grey areas do not exist

  • Just do it. I will raise my price higher. Less work for same money. I like it. Nobody can cut off more on their profit margins. I’m pretty sure I will push the freight price higher. Have good business! 🙂

  • Trucking associations rubber stamp every idiotic thing the govt comes out with. If they think they have tired drivers now, watch the mess that will happen with e-logs. How about giving us a 40 hour work week ,and o/t after 40. Raise your rates and pay a decent wage. I often wonder if the brilliant minds that run trucking companies will suddenly realize ala Steve Martin in the movie “The Jerk” its a profffit deal.

    • The large companies that want E-log should get and pay their drivers off e-log. Any company with 5 or less truck should have to have a E-log

  • HOS rules are the same, either paper or electronic. How can ELD be safer than paper? The bottom line is BIG Companies want O/O out of the big picture. They want a level playing field, with home field advantage. They already get big discounts across the board. Multiple trucks that can relay loads. Demand detention time, or set up drop and hook. Owner Operator has no chance. Small Companies may survive, but not for long. I am done with my rant, time to go make a quarter.

  • Why does everybody want to drive my truck from their desk.With the number of people looking over my shoulder, I might as well be working a press in some factory.Most drivers are a pretty self reliant sort.If we monitored the banking system as closely as a truck driver, we probably could have avoided the big 2008 crash!