Long haul truck drivers out there, you better get ready for the new electronic driving laws. January 5th marked the 60 day deadline when the new logging rules will begin to go into effect. At the end of that 60 days, trucking companies, and long haul truck drivers owner/operators, will have 2 years to comply and outfit their rigs with electronic logs.
Not Everyone Qualifies
If you have been keeping abreast of this development here at Trucker to Trucker, you’ll know that trucks older than the 2000 model year, tow trucks and time-card drivers are exempt from this law. Although the Owner-Operator Independent Driver’s Association tried to sue and block the rule, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration won the case. Here’s what they had to say:
“The Safety Administration estimates the electronic devices will provide a net savings of $1 billion a year, mostly through paperwork reductions. It also estimates about 26 lives will be saved and 562 injuries prevented each year. The rule also contains procedural and technical provisions designed to protect commercial truck and bus drivers from harassment resulting from information generated by the devices.”
The Time has Come
Regardless of any argument you can make, and some will say, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the electronic age is here. You may not like it, you may not want it, but even the trucking industry needs to evolve. Will it be a hassle for a lot of people? Sure, but virtually all change is, no matter what that change is, and if the industry as a whole can save up to 1 billion per year, and save lives doing so, it’s going to help the trucking business in the long haul.
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