PHOENIX – With the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration mandate requiring most commercial trucks to use electronic logging devices to record driver work time less than a week away, there is no question that many drivers/owner-operators and fleets will not meet the deadline.
The most recent indicator that a significant portion of the commercial trucking industry will not be ELD-compliant come December 18 comes from an online poll conducted by HELP Inc. The survey, which occurred between November 30 and December 5, found that 49 percent of 1,620 respondents said they had yet to select an ELD, much less have them up and running.
Founded in 1993, HELP Inc. a nonprofit public/private partnership and a safety advocate for motor carriers and enforcement and compliance agencies. Its primary product, PrePass is the leading commercial vehicle weigh station bypass and electronic toll payment system in the United States. Over 550,000 commercial trucks from more than 51,000 fleets utilize PrePass for bypassing and electronic toll payment.
Only 33 percent of all respondents said they have selected and installed an ELD, while 18 percent said they had made a selection but had not yet installed them.
The poll also revealed that some segment so the trucking industry are more prepared than others. For example, over half of the respondents identifying their position as fleet managers reported having ELD devices installed and operational, compared to just under 28 percent of drivers/owner-operators saying the same thing.
Particularly noteworthy was that of those who had not installed an ELD, 68 percent said they did not plan to do so prior to the December 18 deadline. Of that group, 26 percent said they were not convinced the ELD mandate would actually take effect. Another 31 percent said they had no plans to install ELDs, period.
“It is surprising to see that such a large share of both owner-operators and drivers as well as fleet professionals see no need or rush to comply with the upcoming ELD mandate,” said HELP Inc. CEO Karen Rasmussen. “Whether they are in favor of ELD or not, there is every indication that the FMCSA intends to follow through with its plans to require the devices without delay.”
To see the complete results of the survey, click here.
HELP Inc. recently introduced PrePass ELD, an easy-to-use and economical application to document truck driver work hours. A perception that ELDs are expensive is one reason many drivers/owners-operators and fleet managers are not planning to install the devices. According to the poll, 24% of respondents said they had not selected an ELD due to what they believe are high costs.
“I believe there is a misconception among some fleets and owner-operators/drivers that ELDs are expensive and difficult to install, but that’s not the case,” Rasmussen said. “PrePass and a few other providers offer ELD solutions that literally take just a few seconds to install when paired up with a smartphone or tablet, and the apps cost no more than a dollar per day to use.”
As an organization whose primary mission is safety, HELP Inc. reminds carriers and drivers that federal law requires that all mobile devices being used in a moving vehicle must be mounted or docked to prevent hand-held use and potential driving distractions.