U.S. Electronic Logging Rule Heralds Supply Chain Changes

Some drivers welcome the end of paper logs, and others say they’ll park their trucks and turn in the keys


Dec. 14, 2015—Opinion on the highways about the looming electronic logging mandate is divided, with some drivers welcoming the end of paper logs, and others saying they’ll park their trucks and turn in the keys before using an electronic logging device (ELD) to track their on- and off-duty hours.

“It’s like being a child who needs a babysitter,” a truck driver with 35 years behind the wheel told Mark Willis of Sirius XM’s Road Dog Trucking News program Dec. 10, the day the final rule on ELDs was released. “I’ve never cheated on my log and I don’t think it’s necessary.”

The potential complexity of new technology concerned the driver, who called the show anonymously. “If I can’t understand how to use it, I’ll have to leave the industry,” he said. The next trucker to call the daily news program, however, had a very different outlook.

“I say bring it on,” said a driver who went by the handle Shipwrecked. “If they want to leave, I’ll take their freight and make more money.” When his company first installed ELDs, “I was dead set against them,” he said. “Now I think they’re the best thing since sliced cheese.”

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