Changes Coming To Driver Work Rules?
As technology and regulations have continued to change around electronic logging devices (ELDs). The new mandate for ELDs coming down to trucking operations are starting some conversations around truck drivers and their hours of service rules. There were a couple of major players in the US trucking groups that are coming out with voices of opinion around it.
The first was the OOIDA (Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association) that you might be familiar with as being a vocal opponent against the ELD mandate to begin with. Todd Spencer is the current OOIDA president has been vocal about what ELDs might do to shippers, weather, traffic congestion and other factors. They are hoping that legislators and the trucking industry will allow a change of rule around the current 14-hour truck driving period. Right now, drivers are forced to take a 30-minute rest break after 7 hours of being on duty but OOIDA wants that to change to a stop clock approach. Their idea is to change it to a 14-hour clock but want a driver to be allowed a three hour rest that doesn’t count towards their actual drive time.
The ATA (American Trucking Association) has provided an alternative thought to making the ELD mandate more manageable. Their thought is more focused around the pilot project for flexible split sleeper berths. That plan has more to do with drivers being able to divvy up their 8 hours of off-duty sleep into 2 separate periods.
Everybody that is either a shipper, carrier, or truck driver has been anticipating the industry changing ELD mandate in the short-term. But as the mandate becomes adopted by the industry as a whole, individuals and groups will continue to offer plans and thoughts to improve it. As everything will become digitally logged with ELDs, it will be interesting to see how carriers utilize the plethora of data they have available. Being able to see the length of time a driver is technically on the clock but not actually driving may allow carriers to target shippers that keep that time low.