Industry update: 28% of truckers still need an ELD

As of February 2018 and a month in to the electronic logging device (ELD) mandate, one thing has become clear — the industry’s transition to ELDs is far from over.

According to the Bloomberg/Truckstop Quarterly Truckload Survey conducted by and Bloomberg, 28% of truckers have yet to adopt a compliant ELD. The results represent a stark increase from Q3’s survey, where 76% of the market had yet to implement an ELD.

Despite the progress, 28% is an astonishing number. It means that out of an estimated 3.1 million truckers who must comply with the ELD mandate, about 868,000 drivers on the road are still without a compliant ELD.

Sixty-seven percent of the survey’s respondents had five or fewer trucks, while 83% had 20 or fewer trucks.

Here’s how the responses broke down by fleet type:

Some good news for truckers: Tightened capacity and rising rates.

The research also conveyed some interesting insights into future capacity and rates.

Here’s what the Bloomberg/Truckstop Quarterly Truckload Survey had to say:

“About 74% of truckers polled said spot rates, excluding fuel surcharges, will rise in the next sixth months. That’s a gain of 16 percentage points from 4Q1.”

“About 78% of truckers polled said volume will rise in the next six months, a 4 percentage-point gain from 4Q16 and 17 percentage-point jump from 3Q17.”

The time to get compliant is now!

With out-of-service orders for not having a compliant ELD starting April 1, 2018, implementing ELDs cannot be put off any longer.

If you already have an ELD, it may be worth doing some homework on whether it’s actually compliant. Here’s what the former head of the FMCSA, Annette Sandberg had to say about the self-certification list:

“As a former regulator, the biggest concern I have is the number of ELD vendors that are currently on the FMCSA list [of approved vendors] that probably should not be. Vendors on this list are supposed to have ELD systems that can be self-certified, which means it meets the criteria and can be added to the approved list.”

In short, self-certified does not mean FMCSA compliant. However, the FMCSA does offer a Choosing an Electronic Logging Device Checklist.

We recommend asking your ELD vendor (whether current or prospective) to walk you through how the ELD delivers on each point.

Three tips to finding the right ELD:
  1. Look for reviews from real users on unbiased platforms such as Google Play, iTunes, and
  2. Focus on ease of use. Your success with any technology is predicated on your team’s ability to use it. If it’s not intuitive and requires extensive training, you’ll have headaches down the road.
  3. Find 24/7 support from real people, not machines. Find the vendors support line on their website and give it a call. If you can’t get an answer or prompt response, run.
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