Owner Operators and Small Fleets Are Cautious with the Mandate of Electronic Logbooks

Owner Operators and Small Fleets Are Cautious with the Mandate of Electronic Logbooks

Transplace, a logistics and transportation management provider, made a survey regarding ELD Mandate with approximately 400 carriers.  The findings indicated that 38% of small fleets do not have plans of implementing ELDs before the mandate deadline and only 33% had completely equipped their trucks with the devices.

The opposite was reported by large fleets companies with over 250 trucks. 81% of these companies have already implemented the electronic logging devices and 19% are in implementation process.

ELD implementation are already affecting fleets, 51% of all respondents indicated that they had lost drivers who were against using ELDs. For the most part, the loss was of a few drivers, but there was one respondent in the survey who reported having lost half part of his fleet team.

Without saying that ELDs have a huge impact in fleets’ finances, 55% of fleet companies reported costs of $100-$700 per unit and 45% are spending over than $700 per unit. The positive part is that ELD helped to decrease logging and violations of hours of service, 84% of large fleets and 56% of small carriers reported this reduction. Fleet expectations are to improve monitoring (33%), better use of equipment (21%) and reduce operating costs and save in fuel (2%).

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