It’s been a year since the mandate for electronic logging devices was put into effect. How’s your year been with it? Has the ELD mandate changed how you drive? (Of course it has.)
ELD Mandate and Your Trucking Business
Since the ELD mandate took effect, you’ve had a year to adjust to the new world of hours of service. Since it’s the end of your year, it’s time to take a look at what’s changed and how you can benefit from it.
Hours of (Non)Service
Are you driving less now? Many truckers are finding their driving schedules are significantly different. Are you trying to keep to the hours of service (HOS) rules and parking for your off hours? Or are you skirting the edge and pushing your luck? It’s a difficult call when you’ve got a deadline to meet with a scheduled appointment at the loading dock. We’re not advocating speeding, but it does seem like the mandate is forcing us to do so. What do you think?
Does your electronic logging device track your HOS and keep the data? It may be a good January task to take a look at how this past year worked out. Did you
- get fewer loads?
- get more loads?
- have any prolonged waits at the docks that you were paid a Detention Payment? Did you have to fight for the payment – and use the ELD data to support your claim?
Are you using TruckingOffice’s reports? You can certainly compare 2018 to 2017 and see where the differences lie – and what to do about them – if you can. A Company Overview Report can be run for specific dates and you can compare how you did. An owner-operator needs to know what’s making money and what isn’t.
What months were the best for you in 2017 and 2018? Were they the same month? What changed (besides the ELD mandate?)
Are you happy with your ELD?
A number of trucking companies and owner-operators are getting bad news this Christmas – their ELD company is about to close. It seems that the promise of the ELD mandate guaranteeing that truckers would use their equipment hasn’t come to pass. In fact, they’re losing money.
We can’t be surprised by this. After all, they don’t know anything about trucking. They were never interested in it.
It’s smarter to have an established company with a history in trucking to be keeping your ELD data safe. That’s TruckingOffice. We’ve been in the trucking business for a long time. Our founder, Allen Campbell, was a trucker and still runs a trucking business. He’s aware of what trucking is and what truckers need. He didn’t jump into the ELD business because it looks profitable – he wants to provide the best service at the best price for the best people on the road.
If your ELD is not making the cut into the new year, consider TruckingOffice ELD. We’ve got the ELD that will make your new year a lot happier.