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Trucking Alliance says ELDs should be in all large trucks, regardless of commodity or length of haul



The Trucking Alliance today issued a policy statement calling for the federal government to require ELDs in all CMVs regardless of commodity type or length of haul, and for state legislatures to require ELDs for all CMVs that operate exclusively within their borders.

The Alliance, which has advocated ELD use since 2010, wants them used by intrastate drivers and by those operating in interstate commerce within a 100 air mile radius of their work reporting location, which is not now required.

“Truck drivers no longer have paper logbooks to falsify,” said Alliance Managing Director Lane Kidd, “and state legislatures should consider doing what Congress has done and require all large trucks to install these devices to make sure drivers are obeying the law. ELDs should be as common in large trucks as seat belts are.”

The Alliance said its reasons are that: ELDs will improve Hours of Service; they report safety-related data; the ELD mandate is working; they will improve the supply chain; and ELDs are the law, not necessarily in that order.

ELDs are reducing driver fatigue, a large contributor to truck-related crashes, said the Alliance, citing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration estimates that 1,844 large truck crashes will be avoided and 26 lives saved each year by use of ELDs.

Data generated by ELDs will provide a more accurate picture of true trucking operations, including the accurate number of hours spent driving, the organization stated, not to mention how many hours of detention time is actually being spent at shippers’ and receivers’ locations.

The group said the ELD-generated data can be used to “develop sound policies” on detention time; truck parking shortages; HOS rules; highway infrastructure; and time lost from traffic congestion, among other things.

According to its website, The Alliance is a coalition of freight and logistics companies “that support the adoption of technology and regulations to improve safety in trucking, such as mandatory truck speed limiters, mandatory electronic logging devices, improved driver training and screening, and advanced safety assistance systems.”



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  1. Matthew Lembke

    July 23, 2018 at 5:43 am

    So the eld does not need to be all cmv construction for 1 its very local, 2 is it for the eld manufacture, 3 i think the driver will tell you how long he sat at loading or un loading site, 4 so if it takes a certain amount of time to run from a to b depending on what my interfere whats the problem, greed $$$$, sleeping hmmm , thats what iam thinking if you would pay a driver a good wage you will get better results 10-4 have a good day. Peace

  2. Trandy Barnes

    July 23, 2018 at 6:15 am

    What’s in all this for the trucking alliance guess they all get a kick back also fro.s the eld company also I’ve seen more accidents since the mandate so how is this working a eld cant tell a driver when he/she ie tired its puts a driver up against the clock which causes them to drive tried n sleepy only the body can tell the driver when it tired not a eld good day

  3. Robert pedersen

    July 23, 2018 at 7:40 am

    All it is the larger company’s want to control wht the little guy does if it wasn t for us smaller companies. Why don t we have anything to say wht goes on. The pple tht make these law SHOULD go out on the road with sumone and just see wht we have to put up with tryin to find a place to park to to find a place to eat. And if the they wud realize tht we bring their food clothes gas office supplies to their part of the cities. You know i would like to tie these idiot to the hood of my truck and see the idiots that cut us off and squeeze in between us in traffic. Set at the dock and get loaded then got to drive half the nite but when 5 o clock comes around they get to go home and were stuck driving. Who can shift there sleep time to the times we get loaded and sleep in the middle of the day when you run half the nite. PEOPLE got to start openin their eyes we are not ROBOTS we are pple out here tryin to make a living and makin other pple happy to get their supplies.

  4. Jerry Drinkwalter

    July 23, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    I am 63 been trucking scince 1975 no accidents no vailations I don’t know how I ever did it without an eld .

  5. Steve Bixler

    July 24, 2018 at 5:33 am

    It doesn’t surprise me at all to hear this coming from Lane Kidd. The Trucking Alliance is in the same bed with the ATA, and all they care about is the bottom line of mega-carriers everywhere. They do NOT, and I repeat, they do NOT give a damn about the safety of the motoring public, truck drivers, or anyone else out there. All they care about, and all they have ever cared about, and again, I speak of the ATA, The Trucking Alliance, and especially one Mr. Lane Kidd, is making the mega-carriers they represent rich, and making themselves look good, at any cost to everyone else.

  6. Ralph Parks

    July 25, 2018 at 7:17 am

    As I’ve said a thousand times if drivers don’t grow a set there is no end in sight to what unrelentless rules an mandates they will come up with,tiz the beginning of the end to trucking as you no it.

    • MrBigR504

      July 28, 2018 at 6:31 am

      You got that right! Next there will be cavity searching at the scale houses…lol.

  7. Tom Goodman

    July 27, 2018 at 2:36 am

    ELD has its good points and bad we need to talk about loading and unloading times if I sit for 2-10 hrs waiting to get loaded/I loaded what do you think I’m doing I’m not home I am with my truc sleeping or watching tv relaxing the industry has changed in the 30 years I have been driving’s are people Not Robots or machines you tell me we used to be able to adjust our sleep schedule depending on our load now it’s all the same I think the lawmakers should have to spend 2weeks in a truck before they make statements like we areal bad I provide a service to my country everything you get cane to you by truck we shoul have our own roadsjust for trucks and the laws should be unforced equality not just on a cmv button cars and drivers should be made aware that we are bigger and don’t maneuver the same their are many times I swing wide to makes turn and a car will get beeteween means the curb no thought for their safety but I have to be aware that theythink we can see them we can’t it should be against the law to drive in my blind spot or on my back bumper why should I as a professional driver be held to a higher standard then any other profession in the world pilots don’t log hrs like we do police officers are not held to the same standards that drivers are haze anyonethought about how their lights blind is or the headlights from oncoming traffic make it so we can not see this safety thing is berry important but it needs to be fair across the board you people need to live in my world for 10 days or2 weeks to get a real picture we are tired of being treated like third class citizens we feed and clothe you you can’t even wipe your but without us trucks yes I have had my share of speeding tickets but when a car passes me doing 90 I I get stopped doing 72 that’s justice not in my book the law singles uss out I drive I 80 every week east and then west enforce the laws evenly cars and trucks cars cause 80 to to percent of the truck accidents and we are blamed when they cut us off or force onto the shoulder lets come together and address the issues stop pointing fingered at us the truckers because if we all shutdown for 12 hrs the whole country would suffer

  8. bob Johnson

    July 27, 2018 at 2:41 am

    I’ve been driving professionally for 40 years years now with over 4 million miles and safety is the number one concern the majority of drivers are safe and professional however the constent harassment from dot and unsafe 4 wheelers speeding and texting at the same time is out of control why don’t you put elds in their car’s it’s time too shut down the truck’s and let dot move the commerce around this country

  9. Billy Goodrich

    July 27, 2018 at 3:49 am

    I don’t think the small carrier that is safe and has seasoned drivers should have to be put in the same category as rookie drivers. Yes I said ROOKIE because of the experience. New drivers are taught to drive but don’t have the experience handling 80000 lbs at road speed. If they would pull a loaded trailer when teaching it would be a different outcome.

  10. Bryan Pigdon

    July 27, 2018 at 5:38 am

    I’m retired thank god easy pickings truck drivers I ran a month in Australia without a logbook in a b double best month ever sleep when I wanted ate when I wanted got my loads in o time

  11. Bob M

    July 27, 2018 at 6:41 am

    drivers should grow a set and stand up for their rights. how many 4 wheeler drivers get tired and have accidents, but nobody is controlling them. and don’t be late making a delivery or the customer is mad at you because you were ten minutes away and the eld violated you.

  12. Doug

    July 27, 2018 at 6:49 am

    I thin it be Solved in the Supreme Court

  13. mike smith

    July 27, 2018 at 4:03 pm

    it crazy any more . to many people trying to tell when rest . my body knows best.

  14. All for One

    July 27, 2018 at 4:54 pm

    Everybody wants ELD s in all trucks. If that’s going to be the case. Put them in EVERY VEHICLE or mode of transportation that requires an engine.
    What is good for one is good for all AMEN.
    Have a nice day

  15. gary macdonald

    July 30, 2018 at 3:33 pm

    Yeah you can all believe the lies it’s causing more fatigue the less fatigue and most drivers the statistics are up but you go ahead and keep believing the lies you’re reading on this b******* thing your family and my family that’s going to get hurt by these drivers doing this s***they had more of her Freedom before not everybody was driving a thousand miles in a freaking day so no I don’t agree they should be in anybody’s truck maybe a new driver that doesn’t know what he’s doing for training purposes but other than that no they really need to go back to paper oh and by the way accident ratings crossed America has gone up since eld’s have been put in trucks look up the statistics or believe the b******* you’re reading here

  16. Phil

    August 1, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    The ELD mandate lost all credibility the day exemptions where give for the type of cargo hauled ! Specifically the Motion Picture exemption as justifycation they said the drivers where required to submit logs daily instead of the 13 days for all other carriers ! I don’t know of any small carrier or 1 truck owner who would object to filing their drivers logs on a daily basis to get out of the costs of ELDs ! Then as everyone who has ever hauled live animals ! When going long distances you can’t stop for 10 hours or the animals would probably die if not unloaded ! And then if you unload them the weight loss would lower the price of the cows / pigs / sheep So the exemption for live animal transportation proves that the Hours of Service have for years been unreasonable ! But the Ferro group would not listen too anyone ! But the Trucking Alliance as you the Editor should remember from my comments 4 years ago are not concerned with Safety ! Their only motivation is to corner the major parts of the freight markets by being able to provide drop & hook trailers ! Thus driving the 1 truck owners and small carriers out of those markets plus bankrupting a bunch along the way so they have to either drive or lease to them ! It’s all driven by money !

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Lamb, SBTC plans to introduce legislation to stop enforcement of ELD mandate



The proposed bill the Small Business in Transportation Coalition is planning to have introduced in the House would require the Secretary of Transportation to immediately cease enforcement of the ELD mandate. (The Trucker file photo)

WASHINGTON — James Lamb is taking his fight against electronic logging devices right back to where the current mandate for ELDs was birthed.

The head of the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) said Wednesday he plans to have introduced in the House the “Suspension of Electronic Logging Device Mandate to Protect Americans Working in Interstate Commerce Act” which would suspend the current ELD mandate.

The electronic devices were mandated by Congress as part of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century transportation bill passed in 2012.

Lamb said he would name sponsors of the bill when it is formally introduced.

He said he hopes to have an identical version of the bill introduced in the Senate.

The bill would direct the Secretary of Transportation to:

  • Immediately cease enforcement of the ELD rule promulgated at 49 CFR 395.8 (a)
  • Require carriers to revert back to paper record of duty status logs
  • Study the unintended consequences and effects of ELDs on operators of commercial motor vehicles
  • Determine whether commercial motor vehicle operators have experienced adverse psychological effects that have induced reckless speeding and have caused an increase in large-truck occupant fatalities since implementation of the ELD rule in December 2017.

Meanwhile, the SBTC has asked Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to delay the December 16 deadline for carriers using Automatic On Board Recording Devices to switch to ELDs.

In addition, Lamb and his organization, which reportedly has 15,000 members, are currently circulating an online petition to get the federal government to immediately suspend the ELD rule.

As of Wednesday, some 32,000 trucking stakeholders had signed the petition, which Lamb plans to present to the White House. He hopes to get 100,000 signatures by November 29.

The bill and the petition are only the latest efforts in Lamb’s fight against ELDs.

The first effort came when in February 2018 Lamb and the SBTC filed an application for an exemption from the ELD rule for carriers with fewer than 50 employees.

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration denied the petition in July of this year and in late October, the SBTC filed an application for reconsideration of the denial.

The FMCSA immediately published a notice in the Federal Register seeking comments on the reconsideration application.

When Lamb filed the original exemption application, the FMCSA said it received over 1,900 comment, most in favor of the exemption.

Among other things, in the proposed legislation, Lamb says:

  • The ELD mandate must “must “ensure that… the responsibilities imposed on operators of commercial motor vehicles do not impair their ability to operate the vehicles safely…”
  • In 2018, the first full year the new ELD rule was in effect for the trucking industry to enforce commercial motor vehicle operators’ compliance with hours of service regulations, a total of 885 large truck occupants perished in crashes last year. That number marks the most since 1988. (The fatality total included all large trucks, which the federal government defines as trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more; most Class 8 trucks such as tractor-trailers carry a GVWR of 33,001 pounds or more).
  • The number of speeding violations issued to U.S. truck drivers increased 7.8 percent in 2018, climbing to 146,945 violations, according to FMCSA data. The number of violations issued to truckers for driving 15 mph or more above limits rose 10.3 percent last year.

The bill would require the Secretary of Transportation to do a study to determine if a correlation exists between the implementation of the ELD rule in December 2017 and the rise in truck speeding incidents and large truck occupant fatalities in 2018.

Talk about electronic logging devices goes back to at least 2000 when the newly-created FMCSA first attempted to reform Hours of Service regulations to mandate the use of electronic tracking devices. This attempt to mandate HOS tracking with an ELD device was shot down by a 2004 court order.



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James Lamb issues last call for truckers to sign ELD suspension petition



The SBTC's Electronic Loggin Device Suspension Petition has gather 32,000 signatures toward the goal of 100,000. (The Trucker file photo)

WASHINGTON — Small Business in Transportation Coalition Executive Director James Lamb Tuesday called for a final push over the next week to increase the number of signatures on an Electronic Logging Device Suspension Petition.

The petition calls on President Donald J. Trump to direct the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) to act on National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) findings and immediately suspend ELDs until unintended consequences can be studied to decide if the rule is ripe for repeal.

The petition can be accessed here.

Lamb said the NHTSA findings and unintended consequences revolve around recently-released statistics showing an increase in the number of fatalities involving large trucks.

The petition currently has 32,000 signatures.

Lamb set a goal of 100,000 signatures by November 29.

“We believe these data prove the ELD mandate took us ‘out of the frying pan and into the fire,’” Lamb said. Immediately, numerous trucking groups including “Black Smoke Matters” and “Trucker Nation” joined the SBTC’s efforts, he added.

Lamb said the new data show that in 2018, the first full year the new ELD rule was in effect for the trucking industry to enforce commercial motor vehicle operators’ compliance with Hours of Service regulations, an average of more than two occupants of large trucks died daily.

“This is the highest number of such deaths since 1988, making this statistic a 30-year high,” Lamb said. “We believe ELDs have caused drivers anxiety to such levels that many now recklessly speed to beat the clock. These data show the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration was wrong that ELDs would save 26 lives per year.”

NHTSA defines large trucks as trucks with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more.

Lamb also claimed many ELDs routinely malfunction and are unreliable.

“Case in point: the recent major crash of Omnitracs,” he said. “This poses public safety concerns if drivers have not been properly trained on how to use paper logs as a backup. and sheer chaos could result.”

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Carriers on losing end as cargo thefts show upward trend; electronics most targeted product



SensiGuard report indicated cargo thefts were up over Q2 2019 and Q3 2018, with electronics being the most often targeted product.

Sensitech United Technologies, a company specializing in supply chain integrity and visibility, has released its 2019 third quarter report on Cargo Theft based on data tracked by SensiGuard, a division of the firm dedicated to cargo security. The latest statistics do not include information truck carriers will find positive.

Cargo Theft Overview

In Q3 of 2019, a total of 165 nationwide cargo thefts were placed in the SensiGuard database, and the report notes that this figure will likely rise as late reports are received. The data shows monthly distribution of thefts as being 46 in July, 67 in August, and 52 in September with an average loss per incident of $155,709. The total thefts and average value represent increases over Q2 data by 13% and 31%, respectively. Compared to the same quarter in 2018, volume increased by 3% while value was down 8%.

Theft by Product

Of the 165 thefts reported, electronics were the target of the most thieves (22%), moving the product up two spots from the Q2 2019 report. The average value of electronics stolen per incident came in at $331,443, bolstered by single-incident thefts in California and Kentucky exceeding $1 million. Rounding out the top three product types stolen are Home and Garden (19%) and Food and Drinks (14%). It should be noted that Food and Drinks do not include Alcohol, which at 2% represents the lowest of any category tracked. Alcohol thefts were down 47% from Q2 2019 figures and 88% from Q3 2018. Clothing and Shoes thefts continued an increasing trend (33% over Q2), as did Home and Garden (35% over Q2).

Theft by State/Location

California reports the highest percentage of thefts among the states (26% of nationwide total), substantially increasing its lead over Texas (10%), the widening gap largely attributed to rush shipments from China ahead of tariffs. The quantity of container freight combined with limited security resources is reported as a major factor influencing California’s ranking. Following Texas, Georgia came in third place in incidents reported (9%), followed by Florida (<9%), and a three-way tie for fifth place between New Jersey, Illinois, and Tennessee (6%). In terms of the physical location of incidents, Unsecured Parking remains the most likely target (74%), followed by Warehouses (15%) and Secured Parking (11%).

Event Type

The most prevalent method of theft continues to be at the Full Truckload level (56%), with the average truckload cargo value of $166,787. This data is a decrease from Q2 2019 and Q3 2018 figures. Pilferage had set a record for five consecutive quarters; however, in Q3 2019 it fell 1%. The value of products stolen by Pilferage also decreased 29% below Q2 2019 data. Facility Thefts were up 59% over Q2 2019, although the average value attributed to this location ($189,800) decreased. Fictitious Pickup of products increased over previous quarters and represented 5% of total thefts.

In the report’s concluding statements, SensiGuard suggested that any decreases in the number of incidents of value per incident do not necessarily represent trends. “…The organized cargo thief is still shifting tactics to evade capture…” the report noted. Likewise, the report stated, “High value or low security will not be the only determining factors in theft risk to cargo as thieves will adjust to increased risk and modify their efforts accordingly.”

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