It is no longer a question as to “if” the mandatory use of Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) is coming to the trucking industry, but a matter of “when.”
The exact final rule date for the FMCSA Electronic On-Board Recorders rule has yet to be established (expected to be 2015), but according to a recent report by Overdrive Magazine, the effective date will not likely be until 2017 (2 years after final rule).
Either way, the ELD mandate was one of the hottest topics among professional drivers last year, and remains as such as 2015 moves forward. For owner operators and independents, cost played the major factor in voicing their opposition to the rule, with carrier harassment issues following close by.
Although the FMCSA added a proposal within the rule-making process adding the “measures to address concerns about harassment resulting from the mandatory use of ELDs”, many drivers continue to see this impending ELD mandate as further evidence to the deterioration in the ability to earn a living wage within a truck driving career; with 71% of independent and small-fleet owner-operators reporting that they would quit over-the-road trucking should ELD’s become mandatory.
As a measure to assist in lowering the cost of such regulations and continuing technology, Pivot Technology Resources has been helping independents and small fleet carriers since 2008, becoming recognized as the trucking industry’s most reliable source for quality new and used mobile communications and asset tracking equipment.
By obtaining the latest technology of working in-cab computers from various sources, they are able to offer a brand-new in-house warranty on ELD’s and other mobile devices at a price for about half the cost, as well as offering other money-saving services to both driver and carrier.
All of the equipment represented by Pivot Technology Resources is thoroughly tested, cleaned, and backed with a new warranty before it is sold on the secondary market.
Cory Hunt, CEO and Founder of Pivot Technology Resources will join us as our special guest on Ask The Trucker “LIVE”, Thursday, February 5 to further discuss some of the challenges of ELD’s, including costs for Independents, Owner- Operators and Fleet Owners.
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