Electronic logs continue to be mainstream in semi truck driver news, and for good reason. It is state of the art technology that the majority of truck drivers do not want to embrace, with many threatening to quit or retire if electronic logging is adopted industry wide. The problem is that, this technology is on the way, like it or not, and except for some exemptions, which we will get into, you’ll either have to accept being monitored on the road, find a new job or retire. It’s just that simple.
There are Exceptions
Pre-2000 model year trucks will not have to become electronically monitored, so if you are driving one of these, it will
still be same old same old as you are driving down the road.
Short haul CDL truckers, operating within 100 air miles of their base, or non-CDL truckers operating within 150 air miles of their base, will also not need to install electronic logs. These truckers can still use the traditional time sheets to track their driving service.
Fight the Power
The electronic log issue has touched serious nerve in the trucking industry, so much so that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association or OOIDA for short, “has filed a petition with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals asking it to review the agency’s coming electronic logging device mandate, unveiled last week and set to take effect in late 2017.”
Even though electronic logging should, in theory, make the industry safer, save on fuel costs and allow trucking companies to make profiles of their drivers and routes for unheard of overall efficiency, the drivers themselves do not want to embrace this new technology. So, hold on tight and we’ll see what transpires come 2017.
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