Yesterday, on May 23rd, 2018, yet another bill was filed in the U.S. House in an attempt to exempt the smaller owner/operator trucking companies from the ELD mandate. This new bill would exempt companies with 10 or fewer trucks from complying with the new ELD mandate that was recently implemented.
Here is the current state of the mandate as it stands with various deadlines and industries:
At this point, we are hard pressed to take much of anything regarding ELD's or their mandate seriously. The FMCSA has shown that they are willing to blur lines, extend deadlines, and cater to each and every person's complaint and/or suggestion. If this continues and something like this bill manages to pass (or the still pending OOIDA petition), the ELD mandate will continue to be treated with little-to-no seriousness.
Truckers America Corp. has been using AOBRD's/ELD's since our first ever mile hauled. They not only provide a level of ease of use to the user (the driver & dispatcher), but also a level of safety in knowing that drivers cannot be consistently abused and run ragged due to their company running paper logs. This is not to say that it is always the company who is abusing the driver, as sometimes the incentive to grab extra mileage (and subsequently $$$) leads drivers to 'modify' their paper logs. However, with ELD's this is far more manageable and people are much more easily held accountable. Check out the info-graphic above and our blog post regarding why ELD's are a good thing for all drivers: 5 Reasons the ELD Mandate is Good for Drivers.