We have addressed in previous blogs, some of the potential benefits regarding things like on road-safety, and the streamlining and modernization of a rather archaic way of keeping records the ELD mandate would bring to primarily trucking industries. It would not be fair however to point out some of the short-comings of the whole idea and how it’s being implemented.
There are many companies that have registered their ELD solution as being compliant and are currently on the official FMCSA list of compliant providers. However, the FMCSA has currently no way of testing these supposed compliant solutions, and neither is there any third party organization performing any sort of testing. A certified solution on that list could be legitimate, but could also be far from it. This creates a large grey area especially for customers trying to be compliant but having no sure-fire way of knowing whether the solution they pick has actually been tested or actually complies to all the regulation rules, and laws.
Although there have been procedures set in place to identify and remove registered solutions that are not compliant the whole process just adds to the frustration of company and independent truckers, and fleets who would much rather not have to deal with what can only be described as unnecessary set-backs.
Varying Degrees of Compliance
This comes mostly as a compounding effect of the self certification issue in that, there are currently a large number of devices out in the market that all collect analyse and process data differently. This again makes decision processes all the more challenging for managers looking for a solution. Manufacturers and programmers are also left in the dark about specifications and requirements of devices and software.
Resistance by mainly smaller trucking businesses and self-hired truck drivers.
Some of the most notable push back for the ELD mandate has come from Individual truckers and small trucking fleet operators in what has become recognized as the #ELDorMe protests. Through October 6th to the 8th truckers gathered on the streets of Fresno California to protest the threat that the ELD mandate brings to their livelihood. A Facebook page under the name of “Operation Black and Blue” was created specifically to address the issues being protested and effectively put a stop to what they describe as government overreach, and over-regulation in the implementation of the ELD mandate.
Many of these truck drivers rely on a certain amount of flexibility in their operations. Being able to adjust time logs for miscellaneous things like the time it took to park or other unavoidable delays make a difference to the average trucker. Many of the required regulations that would result from the ELD mandate commendably strip these truckers of their ability to work with the level of flexibility they need.