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Knowing the facts: How truckers, carriers and fleets are affected by Tax Reform bill


The long awaited tax reform H.R.1 was finally passed December 2017, but how will this affect the trucking industry?

Knowing the facts: How truckers, carriers and fleets are affected by Tax Reform bill

Because of the new Tax Reform bill, corporations will see huge decreases in their taxes in order to bring business back to the United States and to also reinvest in their workers. The legislation reduces the U.S. corporate tax rate to 21% from 35% for businesses and doubles the estate-tax exemption to $11.2 million per person. The bill also contains a clause to end the penalty for individuals who do not have health insurance starting in 2019.

For truckers looking for online tax filing, there is an easy efile.

Tax Reform 2018

For many company truckers, all this may mean higher wages, by either paying less taxes (being in a lower bracket) or by receiving a raise from their employees. After all, companies are getting a huge tax cut, they will surely pass it on to their workers, right?

Owner Operators are also expecting to see their bottom lines increase significantly.The amount of this increase will greatly depend on the entity they choose to be.   There has been much confusion about this.  According to Dennis Bridges of eTruckerTax,

Company drivers have many questions however about the new tax reform.  Among the most concerning, is the question about standard deductions. The standard deduction for all taxpayers will nearly double.
For single taxpayers, it went from $6,350 to $12,000. For married tax payers filing jointly, it went from $12,700 to $24,000.
However, under the new law, there will be no deduction allowed for work-related expenses for company drivers, and all other employees paid on a W-2.
That includes per diem deductions.

Per diem or CPM?

Our question is this?  If a single taxpayer ( vs. married filing jointly) has a standard deduction of $12,000 and their per diem deductions have run on average over the years to be $15,000.00, will the new tax cut hurt them? Note: Truck driver wages have not increased in 30 years.  And don’t forget, this is just per diem, what about all the other business related expenses which will not be allowed?

The next questions is this;  Will it benefit the driver if carriers offer per diem pay in addition to mileage pay?  It depends. If the carrier is reducing the CPM portion of drivers pay and then paying the difference as a non taxable pay, in our opinion it will benefit the carrier and not the driver.  However, at a time when carriers are panicking about the so called “driver shortage” it would benefit them greatly, in both hiring incentive and retention, to offer per diem in addition to their mileage pay.

Trucker Tax Reform

We recently invited Dennis Bridges of eTruckerTax to share information with our readers in order to lessen the confusion and correct any misinformation they may have read.  Mr. Bridges will also be our special guest on Saturday Jan 20th at 6apm et on AskTheTrucker “live” “Tax Reform and the American Trucker. He will be taking questions as well as outlining how the new tax reform will affect all truckers, company drivers and owner operators.  To call in and be part of the show call 347-826-9170.

Dennis has also written an article “Straight Scoop on the New Tax Law”
below is the bulk from his article.

First, Who is Dennis Bridges?

Dennis Bridges

Dennis Bridges is a CPA, a best-selling author, and Executive Director of eTruckerTax.

eTruckerTax is based in Atlanta and assists company drivers, owner-operators and fleet owners throughout the U.S. with their income taxes as well as minor or severe IRS problems.

Bridges has been in practice for over 30 years, and for the past 25 years has specialized in assisting transportation professionals.

Bridges has written numerous articles providing guidance to truckers and fleet owners on how to legally minimize their tax bill each year.

Additionally, he has spoken at the GATS and Mid-America Truck Shows, and numerous other trucking events throughout the U.S.

Dennis is the author of three books: On Level Ground with the IRS, The Truckers Tax Relief Toolkit, and What to Do When the IRS Comes Calling, which last year became a Number 1 Bestseller on Amazon, in the category of business books.

“Straight Scoop on the New Tax Law” by Dennis Bridges

This new tax law was passed and signed back in December.

CPAs (like me) and tax attorneys all over the U.S. have spent day and night connecting the dots and figuring out the winners and losers.

Sadly, there are unqualified people, even well known in trucking circles, that are making incorrect statements that are Exhibit A that they have no idea what the changes mean. They are giving wrong and bad advice to company drivers, owner-operators, and fleet owners.

(FYI, I am a CPA, in practice for 30 years. Our firm, eTruckerTax, has specialized in helping all drivers and trucking professionals for over 25 years. And just last year, my new book, What to Do When the IRS Comes Calling, became a #1 Bestseller on Amazon.)

Look, I’m not about boasting at all. But I am about credentials and speaking with authority.

*What the new law says:

Beginning in 2018, the first 20 percent of net income from “pass-through” entities will be tax free to the owner/shareholders of these entities.

The are articles state that a sole proprietorship and an LLC are “pass-through” entities, are misleading. Presently the two pass-through entities for businesses are S-Corporations and Partnerships.

(A trust or an estate can also be a pass-through entity, but these would not ordinarily be used as a business entity)

Here at eTruckerTax, our whole mission is to help ALL trucking professionals keep MUCH more of your hard-earned money, whether you are a company driver, an owner-operator, or a fleet owner.

All of this to say, we’ll spare you the misery of wading through the changes that affect truck drivers and fleet owners.

So below, here are the Big Four of the tax law changes that are most relevant for trucking professionals:

  •  1 Loss of Deduction for Work-related Expenses (assuming you itemize)

This change applies to all W-2 employees, including company drivers.

Previously, if you itemized your deductions on your income tax returns, you were allowed to deduct any unreimbursed employee expenses on Form 2106. This included the per diem expense of $63.00 per day times the number of days on the road.

Thus, for a driver with 250 days on the road, the net deduction was $12,600. ($63.00 x 250 days x 80% allowable deduction)

So, under the new law, there will be no deduction allowed for work-related expenses for company drivers, and all other employees paid on a W-2.

(Note: This applies only to company drivers, not owner-operators! Also, it applies only to deducted per diem and other trucking expenses, NOT to you receiving a per diem benefit!)

Fortunately, there is another change that should make up for this lost deduction:

        2- The standard deduction for all taxpayers will nearly double. You read that right: DOUBLE!

For single taxpayers, it went from $6,350 to $12,000.
For married tax payers filing jointly, it went from $12,700 to $24,000.

Other changes?

–Elimination of personal exemption of $4,050 for each person on the return

–Doubling of child tax credit from $1,000 to $2,000

–Across the board reduction in tax rates:

  • If you were previously in the 28 percent bracket, you’ll now be in the 22 or 24 percent bracket
  • If you were in the 15 percent bracket before, you’ll now be in the 10 or 12 percent bracket

3- If you are an owner-operator, choose the right entity

Under the new tax law, owner-operator and fleet owners (and other businesses) that use a “pass-through” entity for doing business will receive the first 20 percent of their net income tax-free.

Recent trucking articles have stated that sole proprietorships and LLCs are “pass-through” entities. Presently, pass-throughs include only S-Corporations and Partnerships for business purposes.

The Good News:

  1. If you have an LLC, we can legally (and inexpensively) convert you to an S-Corporation
  2. 2) If you are a sole proprietorship, we can set up an S-Corporation for you, OR you can get your own LLC and we can then convert your LLC to an S-Corp.

Even Better News: Trust me—getting the first 20 percent of your income tax-free with an S-Corp is a VERY good reason to get or convert an S-Corp.

Want an even better reason to use an S-Corporation? Even better than getting the first 20 percent of your income tax free?

Get this: By using an S-Corporation for your business instead of a sole proprietorship or basic LLC, you reduce your chances of an IRS audit by 75 percent.

What? Cut your audit chances to nearly zero just by using an S-Corp? Yep!

And this is not me talking—these are the IRS’s very own stats.

(Wanna hear a little funny? Whenever I have the privilege of speaking at a trucking event, and I tell owner-operators that they can cut their audit chances by 75 percent with an S-Corporation, at least a dozen truckers will get up right then and go to our table to sign up for us to get them signed up!)

Seriously, whether you do it for the mega-reduced audit chances, or for getting the first 20 percent of your income tax-free, definitely do this—if you do nothing else this year.

  • 4 Tax rate for regular corporations reduced from 35 percent to 21 percent

Above, we were discussing S-Corporations, in which the net income “flows-through” to the owner’s return(s), and is taxes at his or her marginal rate.

Larger trucking companies, and even some smaller ones, may be set up as “C-Corporations”, or what we usually refer to as regular corporations.

Regular corporations are taxed at the corporate level, previously at a rate of 35 percent. Under the new law, regular, or C-Corporations will now be taxed at only 21 percent.

This was intended by the President and Congress to serve as an incentive, especially to large companies, to purchase heavy machines, which should directly and indirectly help the trucking industry.

Just a small example to give you an idea of the magnitude of the possible savings.

Let’s say you have a trucking company with a net profit of, say, $100,000.

Under the old tax law, the tax bill would have been approximately $35,000. But under the new tax law, the tax would go to $21,000, for a savings of $14,000.

This represents a reduction in the tax bill of 40 percent!

Our team at eTruckerTax wants to be your one source for reliable tax guidance, on the new tax law. And how to use it to your advantage.

Click here for easy-to-follow steps on how to keep a lot more of your hard-earned money!

Bridges and his entire team at eTruckerTax believe that trucking professionals are the glue that held our economy together during the recession of 2008 to 2012. Helping drivers to keep much more of their hard-earned money is their way of tangibly expressing his gratitude for the sacrifice of all drivers.

Their commitment to drivers is, “We don’t just ‘do’ your taxes, we CUT them!”

Dennis Bridges and his team can be reached at 770-984-8008, or at

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SBTC files Class Action Lawsuit against Indiana Dept of Revenue


The Small Business in Transportation Coalition (SBTC) is a network of transportation professionals and industry suppliers who seek to promote and protect the small business players in the transportation industry. Many refer to it as a watchdog group for all, supporting teamwork, cooperation, transparency, and partnerships among truckers, carriers, brokers, and shippers. SBTC seeks to promote ethical business practices and do business with the utmost integrity.

A few of the driver issues which James Lamb, president of the SBTC, has confronted with full force are on the SBTC About Us and the Issues

  • Broker Rate Transparency and Raising Driver Pay
  • The Fight against Raising Motor Carrier Insurance to $4.4 million
  • Confronting Driver Harassment & Protecting the Sanctity of Driver Sleep
  • Interstate Truckers’ Right to Carry Campaign & Petition
  • Safe Truck Parking & Jason’s Law 

November 17, 2017

Lamb’s SBTC Files BILLION Dollar Class Action Lawsuit Against Indiana Dept of Revenue Over Unlawfully Collected UCR Fees

Below is a summary of a class action lawsuit filed today in Indiana state court.

SBTC v. INDOR: Bullet Point Summary

On November 17, 2017, the Small Business in Transportation Coalition (“SBTC”) filed a class action lawsuit against Indiana Department of Revenue (“INDOR”) in Marion County, Indiana ,state court on behalf of the interstate motor carrier industry alleging unlawful collection of motor carrier registration fees for over a decade.

The Lead Plaintiff

• SBTC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit trade organization located in Washington, D.C. SBTC has over 8,000 members and represents, promotes, and protects the interests of small businesses in the transportation industry. SBTC is a watchdog group for the trucking industry that investigates government fraud, waste, mismanagement, and abuse. It is the policy of the SBTC to expose unlawful government activities and improprieties whenever discovered.

The Defendant

• INDOR is an Indiana government agency established for the purposes of administering, collecting, and enforcing specific taxes under Indiana Code Title 6, Article 8.1, as well as overseeing certification of motor carriers in Indiana under Indiana Code Title 8, Article 2.1.

• Under contract with the UCR Board, INDOR has been registering interstate motor vehicles from all over the United States and unlawfully collecting from them the UCR Fees, an Instant Access Fee, and an Usage Fee, since 2008 through an Internet website,

• The suit alleges that there is no Indiana state law that authorizes the INDOR to enter into the UCR Agreement, to contract with the UCR Board to administer the UCR Plan, to register truckers under the UCR Plan, or to collect UCR-related fees. Thus the INDOR has been illegally collecting UCR-related fees since 2008.

• INDOR has unlawfully collected approximately $100,000,000 in UCR-related fees each year since 2008. The class action lawsuit asks that all UCR-related fees be refunded since 2008.

The UCR Plan & Agreement

• In 2005, Congress authorized the 50 states to voluntarily participate in an interstate compact agreement to coordinate registration of interstate motor carriers and collect registration fees through an “online registration system,” called the Unified Carrier Registration Plan, 49 U.S.C. § 13908(a) & (b) (“UCR Plan”). The UCR Plan established a way for interstate truckers to register and pay fees only one time each year and for the states to share in the proceeds.

• To implement this online registration system, a “UCR Agreement” was created, which has been voluntarily signed by 41 states, including Indiana. The UCR Agreement is governed by: 1) an UCR authorizing statute, the Unified Carrier Registration Act of 2005, found at 49 U.S.C. § 14504a; and 2) a board of directors (“UCR Board”), appointed by the US Secretary of Transportation, to oversees the UCR Agreement, 49 U.S.C. § 14504a(d).

• For a state to be eligible to voluntarily be part of the UCR Agreement, that state must have an agency with the legal authority, resources, and personnel to implement the UCR Agreement. See id. at § 14504a(e)(1). The INDOR unlawfully claimed to be such an agency and it signed the UCR Agreement on behalf of the State of Indiana.

• The UCR Agreement requires each trucker to register with its home state, or the interstate online registration system administered by INDOR, before he or she begins to operate a commercial motor vehicle in interstate commerce. Trucker are subject to criminal penalties if they fail to register each year and they travel interstate.

• With their UCR registration, carriers must also pay UCR-related fees, including a UCR Fee, a UCR Usage Fee, if it is an out-or-state trucker registering in Indiana, and a UCR Instant Access Fee, if the trucker is paying by credit card.

The UCR Fee Brackets

• The Secretary of Transportation set the UCR Fee in 2007 and revised the UCR Fee in 2010. 49 C.F.R. §§ 367.20 and 367.30.

• The UCR Fees from 2007-2017 (based on number of commercial motor vehicles operated by a carrier in interstate commerce) have been as follows:

• 2007 promulgated fees: 0-2 vehicles: $39.00; 3-5 vehicles: $116.00; 6-20 vehicles: $231.00; 21-100 vehicles: $806.00; 101-1000 vehicles: $3,840.00; and 1001 or more vehicles: $37,500.00

• 2010 promulgated fees: 0-2 vehicles: $76.00; 3-5 vehicles: $227.00; 6-20 vehicles: $452.00; 21-100 vehicles: $1,576.00; 101-1000 vehicles: $7,511.00; and 1001 or more vehicles: $73,346.00

The Cause of Action

• Since 2008, INDOR has registered motor vehicles for states throughout the country, under an illegal contract with the UCR Board, and illegally collected the UCR-related fees.

• INDOR signed contracts with the UCR Board since 2008 to purportedly allow them to collect these fees from truckers throughout the country.

• However, Indiana law does not authorize INDOR to enter into any contract with the UCR Board and even more critically, Indiana law does not allow Indiana to participate in the UCR Agreement, to register truckers under the UCR Plan, or to collect UCR-related fees.

• Since there is no authority under Indiana law for INDOR to enter into the UCR Agreement, to enter into contracts with the UCR Board, to register truckers under the UCR Agreement or to collect UCR-related fees, INDOR has illegally collected UCR related fees since 2008.

SBTC Attorney

• The SBTC is represented by The Bopp Law Firm, PC, of Terre Haute, IN.

“Indiana law does not authorize the Indiana Department of Revenue to be part of the UCR Plan or to collect UCR-related fees. Without such authority under Indiana law, INDOR’s nationwide collection of the UCR-related fees is unlawful and every trucker since 2008 is entitled to a refund of these illegally collected fees,”

SBTC Attorney James Bopp, Jr. said.

SBTC Leadership

• James Lamb is the founder and president of the SBTC.

“SBTC has filed this class lawsuit on behalf of the trucking industry because INDOR has unlawfully collected a billion dollars in UCR-related fees from hundreds of thousands of motor carriers since 2008. The SBTC is a watchdog group for the trucking industry that investigates government fraud, waste, mismanagement, and abuse. It is the policy of the SBTC to expose unlawful government activities and improprieties whenever discovered,”  SBTC President James Lamb said.

To learn more about the SBTC or to become a member, visit:

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ELD trucker protest heading to D.C.


Truckers head to Washington D.C. for protest

As part of the ongoing fight against the December enforcement of the ELD mandate ( electronic logging devise), there is expected to be large numbers of drivers heading for the ELD Trucker protest to Washington D.C. scheduled for Oct 3rd thru the 7th.



Whether that number of trucks and drivers participating is in the hundreds or the anticipated thousands, the mood is passionate and determined. Even drivers who can not attend the D.C. event will be a part of the protest by shutting down to show their support.

Those leading the protests are 2 main groups: ELD or Me and Operation Black and Blue. Both of these groups are active on Facebook, initiating and promoting the events on the social media platform
There are drivers in both Mexico and Canada who have also vowed to participate in some way, demonstrating support in unison with the Operation Black and Blue and ELD and Me groups.

Operation black and blue protestOrganizers of the groups are working tirelessly to coordinate the events. Although they are 2 separate groups, they are working in unity towards the same goal of defeating over-regulation such as the ELD mandate.

Operation Black and Blue
Founder      Mike Gunney Faram
Organizers   Scott Jordon,Joe Alfaro. Steve Bussone, John Grosvenor, Kuzma Samoilov, Sierra Sugar

ELD or Me
Founder Scott Reed
Admins:  Tony Justice Richard Wilson,  Earl Doc Blackmon,  Ingrid Brown  Brian Bucenell
Operation Black and Blue DC  meet up locations
1 Truck Rendezvous Point

Our meeting place for large trucks is in Hagerstown, Md. Interstate 81 exit 5b there are 2 truck stops. The AC&T and the Pilot Travel Center. They are located about 72 miles northeast of Washington DC. About 1 hour and 22 minutes from DC. Overflow parking is available at the Flying J truckstop in Virginia I-81 exit 323, TA travel center in Pennsylvania I-81 exit 5.

 2 Rally Point in DC
We will be at the Ellipse, which is off from
(U.S. 50) Constitution Ave NW and 16th St NW
directly south of the White House.

Eld or Me protest

Meeting Locations for ELD or Me Trucking Protest-Washinton D.C. Oct-3rd thru 7th

ELD or Me Meeting described more in Flyer

When: Oct 3rd thru 5th
Where: Washington D.C.
Meet Location: Doswell Truckstop
10222 Kings Dominion BLVD
Doswell.VA 23047






How ELD’s all came about:
When the first Mega Carriers were forced to use EOBR’s because of excessive violations, the ATA had to do something or independents would have an advantage. In a final rule , the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration decided that serious violators of major hours-of-service (HOS) regulations must install electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) in all their trucks and use them to track compliance.

ATA and others within the industry then lobbied for ELD’s to be law for EVERYONE, using the safety groups to join in.

Despite numerous attempts by OOIDA to eliminate the mandate, or  even members of Congress to delay the law,  as of now the mandate stands. Continuous efforts to support H.R. 3282 will be discussed among many other things on the trip to Washington.

The H.R.3282 – ELD Extension Act of 2017 is a bill which would delay the ELD mandate by 2 years, giving enough time for more research to be conducted to determine if the ELD’s would improve safety or create a more unsafe environment.

To know more about the demonstration and what the groups ELD or Me and Operation Black and Blue stand for, listen to the Saturday night replay
Open Forum- ELD’s , drivers wages, and Washington D.C. protest


To understand more how ELD’s will further effect driver wages read
“How ELD mandate combined with Anti-Trucker wage provisions leads to wage reduction”

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VIP Tickets to NASCAR event at Phoenix Raceway

NASCAR- Phoenix Raceway Event

If you love NASCAR and would like to see Dale Earnhardt Jr. on his next to last appearance before his retirement… PLUS attend with a VIP ticket… Then this is for you.
Limited VIP Tickets to NASCAR event at Phoenix Raceway-
Everyone is welcome— Free Truck Parking

NASCAR- Phoenix Raceway Event


November 11 – 12, 2017  for the Annual Veteran’s Day  NASCAR Race Weekend! Phoenix Raceway. Free Truck Parking



VIP Tickets Include

Saturday & Sunday Race day seats

* Sunday Pre-Race Pit Passes

* Sunday RWIT Hospitality Chalet VIP Access

* Sunday Pre-Race Party with food and drinks

* Giveaways

* Pit Road Photo opportunities

2 Ways to get your Ticket(s)

1) WIN ONE!! Truth About Trucking LLC will randomly select one lucky winner with a VIP ticket ($300.00 value)

How to Enter?  It’s easy.  Only 2 steps involved.

a) Watch the video “NO” to Anti-Trucker Wage Amendments”

b) Submit your comment on the YouTube page and include the words
“I’ve Had Enough” in your comment.

2) The 2nd way to get your tickets is BUY them.
Go to the RWIT website and order them!
RWIT is participating  at the Phoenix Raceway  NASCAR event and they have exclusive and limited numbers of VIP Ticket Packages. Only $300.00.

NOTE: If you DO purchase a ticket and then end up winning the FREE ticket in the contest, you can receive a refund!!  It’s a Win-Win

You may want to purchase your ticket(s) just to ensure yourself one since there is a limited number.

We will select the winner of the VIP Phoenix Raceway Nascar contest Live on AskTheTrucker “live on Blog Talk Radio 9-30-17.
All shows are archived so you can to listen to the replays.

For More Information on advance VIP ticket purchase  or Sponsorship Opportunities:
email: or call 561-232-9170 

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How ELD mandate combined with Anti-Trucker wage provisions leads to wage reduction


It is the ELD mandate, if combined with the “anti-trucker wage provisions” known as the #DenhamAmendment in both the FAA and THUD bills, which would take away our freedom and permanently limit driver wages.
Combine ELD mandate with Denham Amendment AND then, logging all driver waiting time and non driving tasks as ON DUTY, and drivers will be seeing a significant wage reduction. WHY????
BECAUSE the Denham Amendment would create NEW Federal Law stating that drivers are only to be paid for the miles they drive– NO DETENTION TIME or other non driving tasks.

The ATA and industry intentions appears to be to turn their little black box punishment into a way to benefit them financially, forcing drivers to drive MORE MILES in order to compensate for the 30+ hours they work without pay.

The ATA goal is to include “anti-trucker wage provisions”, preempting state labor laws which protect driver wages,  and create new Federal Law which would relieve carriers from  legal obligation to pay drivers anything other than piece work wages.
These provisions are well known as the Denham Amendment, but have been cleverly disguised by members of trucking, as “Meal & Rest Break” provisions.

Indiana State Police – Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Division  was sent a screen shot from a driver and the ISP-CVED then posted it on FaceBook. The driver sent it with the question “What is the correct use of on duty?” The screen shot stated the following.  “Effective immediately all time being loaded or unloaded must be On Duty time. We can no longer use it as OFF DUTY time per FMCSR 392.2.”  READ more about what is considered ON DUTY time.

ELD On Duty

Screen shot from a driver sent to the ISP-CVED which they then posted on their FaceBook Page

The anti trucker wage provisions in FAA and THUD , if passed, will end states rights from protecting drivers from wage theft. (Certain state labor laws say drivers must be paid for ALL time working)What’s the wage theft? It’s allowing drivers to work hours without getting paid.

If  these provisions are allowed to remain in the FAA and THUD bills, the Federal law will dictate driver wages. Simply put, the provisions will allow wages to be paid for ONLY the miles they drive. So even if ELD’s will record all time on duty other than driving, drivers will not have to be legally paid. 
Is it all part of the plan?

Read more  Anti-Trucker wage language in 2 bills to ensure cheap labor and high profits





How ELD’s all came about:
When the first Mega Carriers were forced to use EOBR’s because of excessive violations, the ATA had to do something or independents would have an advantage. In a final rule , the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration decided that serious violators of major hours-of-service (HOS) regulations must install electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) in all their trucks and use them to track compliance.

ATA and others within the industry then lobbied for ELD’s to be law for EVERYONE, using the safety groups to join in.

ATA then thought ahead, realizing that if ALL driver time working is recorded, including waiting at docks, as well as all other non driving time on job, it would be necessary to create additional laws to ensure that drivers do not have to be paid for their time, just their miles.

Since drivers are paid by the mile, they have been conditioned to want “more hours” to earn more money, compensating for the fact that they have not had a significant pay raise in over 30 years. Many are logging “Off Duty” rather than “On Duty not Driving”, to preserve their “70” (making up for not being paid for all their waiting time and non driving jobs.)

What if Drivers were PAID for ALL time on Duty? What would their pay check look like?
If drivers logged legally ( log on duty not driving) and ELD’s were used to accurately measure their time, they could earn as much as logging OFF DUTY.  This formula for their rate of pay would have to be consistent with their cpm wages, not a set standard hourly rate.

1) For example: If a driver earns 50cpm- drives 2000 miles/wk- he/she earns $1000. If you divide that by 70hr it = $14.29/hr.
That hourly rate would be what the driver would, at the very least, need to be paid for their waiting and all non driving work performed.

The fact is, by  logging off duty while waiting at docks or performing other non driving jobs, drivers actually end up working 100 hrs.  That makes their hourly pay more like $10.00/hr.  This is a proven fact according to a study performed for the Truckload Carriers Association (TCA).

2) If the drivers miles are reduced to 1500 miles per week by driving legally (ELD), then their gross would be $750.00/wk ( based on 50 cpm). That would come to about $10.71/hr based on 70 hours. BUT, if you add to those wages the 30 hours waiting and other not driving tasks at 10.71/hr, it equals $321.30 hourly wages added to the $750.00 cpm wages.

What this means is that if a driver logs legally, he/she ends up earning about the same amount of $$$ IF, and only IF, they are paid for ALL time “on duty not driving”
If drivers are paid for ALL time working, it means they have more home time and they’re no longer fighting to work more hours in order to make up for excessive delays at Shippers & Receivers, or other circumstances beyond their control.

The question is: Will the Motor Carriers voluntarily Pay Driver for ALL TIME?
Not if they don’t have to they won’t.  And with the anti-trucker wage provisions, they very well may not have to…legally.

ELD + Logging All On Duty Time + Anti Trucker Wage Provisions( Denham Amendment) = Significant Reduction in Driver Wages.

The ATA has lobbied and succeeded:
1) First for ELD’s
2)Having provisions to be included in 2 Major bills which will be voted on in Dec, ENSURING MOTOR CARRIERS will not be OBLIGATED to pay drivers for ANYTHING other than their CPM!

Time to wake up drivers. Call your REPS and tell them to VOTE NO on the anti-trucker wage provisions in the #FAA bill and #THUD bill. By doing so, you allow the ELD to work for YOU instead of the carriers.…/contact…/senators_cfm.cfm


IT IS the ELD mandate combined with the provisions in the FAA And THUD bill which are taking away our freedom and stunting driver wages.
They are creating more regulation by giving the  Federal government more power and taking away states rights.

It’s time to make law makers accountable. It time to call and educate them about these provisions in the bills they are about to vote on. Make the call. 202-224-3121
Tell them to vote No on the anti trucker provisions in the THUD and FAA. These provisions are Anti Trucker and Anti Safety. They are designed to legally have truckers work without being paid.
If passed, Drivers will only be paid for the miles they drive, not the time they are at work (such as detention time).


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TRELP Truck Parking App could be solution to end truck parking crisis



TRELP Truck Parking App could be solution to end truck parking crisis




The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations prohibit interstate truck drivers from driving more than 11 hours per day. Drivers must locate a place to park upon reaching the maximum hours. Unfortunately, however, it’s quite challenging at times to find parking.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 745 reported fatal injuries in 2015 among truck drivers. Some of which are caused by the inability to park at a safe location. The American Trucking Association estimated that there are 3.5 million truckers on the US highways. Yet astonishingly there is parking for only about 300,000.
Truck parking shortages are a national safety concern.
Truck Parking Coalition proceeds to focus on parking crisis


Current truck parking apps, including, TruckerPath, help truckers find existing truck stops and rest areas. It also alerts drivers whether a parking facility is full.
TRELP does this and more.
With such overwhelming parking shortages, truckers need more and better solutions.
Trelp allows users to share non-traditional parking locations. For example, a truck parking facility may be completely full, but there may be a shopping center nearby that allows overnight parking.

Trelp Truck Parking App allows Truckers to be driving force to end Truck Parking Shortage Crisis
Trelp allows users to create new parking spots anywhere, be it by a truck stop, at a shipper or receiver, or just along the side of the road. No other app allows users to do this.

Knowing the physical address to a shipper/receiver is simply not enough. Drivers must go to the loading/unloading area, which is often difficult to find.

Trelp allows users to share last mile directions. Having all of this information will significantly decrease wasteful driving. Consequently, there will also be less air pollution.
Moreover, drivers can comment on the shipper/receiver, e.g., a driver must pay a lumper fee in cash in order to get an executed Bill of Lading; shipper will not allow early arrival; hours of operation; and overnight parking availability.
In addition, Trelp is comparable to WAZE for truck drivers in that it allows users to alert each other as to where law enforcement has been sighted. Traffic citations can not only be costly for commercial drivers, they can affect a driver’s livelihood.

  • Huge data base of truck parking- truck stops and rest areas
    With driver input TRELP can also do the following:
  • Additional allowed parking in shopping centers
  • Additional allowed parking in industrial centers
  • Additional allowed parking at shippers & receivers
  • Identify exact locations for loading/unloading areas for shippers & receivers
  • Do drivers need a lumper? Drivers can share info
  • Are drivers allowed early delivery? Drivers can share info

In sum, Trelp is a technology platform that is designed for drivers to help each other.
Trelp is a team of experienced truck drivers and software developers who collaborate with logistics managers to solve an ongoing issue in the industry that is the pillar of United States economy.
Trelp is currently available through the Google Play Store. Search for “Trelp.”
It is available for android smart phones only at this time. It plans to launch an IOS version soon.
Contact: Andrey Chabanov (310) 351-2054

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RWIT brings trucking advocacy and education to GATS


MEDIA CONTACT: Kristine M. Gobbo

REAL Women in Trucking to Bring Advocacy, Education to the Great American Trucking Show


Great American Trucking Show

Great American Trucking Show Aug 24th-26th 2017


LAKE WORTH, Fla. (July 26, 2017) – REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. (RWIT) will participate in its first trade show, the Great American Trucking Show, held August 24 – 26 in Dallas, Texas. RWIT is a grassroots, driver-led 501 (c) 6 trade organization formed by seasoned female commercial motor vehicle drivers, providing information and resources for fellow drivers, prospective CDL students, trucking executives and the non-trucking community to increase safety on the roadways.

“We’re excited to not only participate in our first show, but also provide much-needed advocacy and education for lady truckers and all commercial drivers. We are very grateful to our sponsors, Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C. and Truckers Justice Center, who have strong ties with the trucking industry and are true partners in increasing fairness and safety,” said Desiree Wood, Founder/President of RWIT.

Sponsored by Craig Ackermann Esq., founder of the California-based law firm, Ackermann & Tilajef, P.C., RWIT will host the “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” for drivers. The session will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, August 25 and will be moderated by Wood. Expert attorneys on hand will include Paul Taylor and Peter Lavoie from Minnesota-based Truckers Justice Center and Steve Arenson from the New York City-based Arenson, Dittmar & Karman firm. They will address driver inquiries on a variety of topics, including sexual harassment, employment labor, lease violations, DAC reporters, misclassified drivers, and more. Questions can be asked anonymously, and anyone who cannot attend the event is encouraged submit questions in advance to Seating is limited.

Ask A Lawyer

Ask A Lawyer Event at GATS 10am Room 150 C

RWIT’s booth number is 8052, located near OnRamp to Health and across from Operation Roger Pet Transport. The booth will provide information about the organization, significant recent legal cases that were won on behalf of truck drivers, as well as upcoming special events.

Sponsored by Truckers Justice Center, a specialization area for Taylor & Associates, Ltd., RWIT will also host the “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” on the main exhibit floor stage at 4 p.m. on Friday, August 25. The panel will be moderated by RWIT Treasurer and longtime trucker, Idella Hansen. Panelists include Cheryl Bean, Cheryl Pollard, Christina Dills and Sonja Tucci, women truck drivers from different sectors of the industry. They will discuss pros and cons of the types of work they perform, and their concerns for the industry. Both the “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” and “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” sessions will be recorded for the RWIT YouTube Channel.

At the trade show booth, RWIT will raffle one VIP package per day to the Phoenix International Raceway – Camp Out in the Desert, which is held during NASCAR weekend in November, a $300.00 value, plus other giveaways, including the upcoming Lady Trucker Cruise. RWIT representative will also film two-minute lady truck driver “SPEAK YOUR MIND!” videos for the RWIT YouTube Channel.

In addition, Hansen is hosting the daily Idella’s Puppy Paradise for trucking dogs, after exhibit hours from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the TA/Petro Truck Parking Community at Fair Park.

For more information on RWIT and activities at the Great American Trucking Show, visit or email

– RWIT –

About REAL Women in Trucking, Inc.:

REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. promotes safety by educating the public about unsafe truck driver training and has created a network of support for women entering trucking. The mission of REAL Women in Trucking, Inc. is to deliver highway safety through leadership, mentorship, education and advocacy.

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Ask-A-Lawyer event comes to GATS

Real Women In Trucking

Real Women in Trucking hosts Ask-A-Lawyer and LADY TRUCKER DISCUSSION PANEL at GATS in Dallas ,Texas August 24th-26th






There’s never been a more controversial time within the trucking industry.  Drivers are frustrated over numerous issues and have endless questions. Many times they have no where to turn to ask for answers to their questions.  This year at GATS, hosted by Real Women in Trucking, there will be a panel of attorneys ready to address driver concerns and questions.  As time allows there will also be a Trucker Open forum to continue their conversations.

REAL Women in Trucking will have their 1st exhibit booth ( booth 8052) at the Great American Truck Show August 24-26, 2017   and GATS Center Stage Lady Trucker Discussion Panel  thanks to the generosity of Craig Ackermann Esq. , founder of the law firm Ackermann & Tilajef,P.C
and Attorney Paul Taylor of Truckers Justice Center.

In addition to having an exhibit booth near the GATS health pavilion, RWIT will host an “Ask a Lawyer – Q & A” session for drivers and the “Lady Trucker Panel Discussion” on the main exhibit floor stage PLUS assist with the doggie play area at the TA/Petro Truck Parking Community at Fair Park.


DRIVERS Don’t Miss The Ask-A Lawyer Opportunity  at GATS

Please note drivers: To be a part of this first of a kind event at GATS, please arrive early to ensure you will have a spot at the table.

Great American Trucking Shoe

“Ask a Lawyer – Q & A”  10:00 AM at GATS August 25, 2017

Location Meeting Room: C150 (at the bottom of the escalators)

Seminar Title: “Ask a Lawyer – A learning session for truck drivers”
Sponsored by Craig Ackermann, Esq.

There will be lawyers in attendance to answer driver legal questions.
You can ask anonymously if you wish on the following areas of law:

If you cannot attend the Ask-A-Lawyer event and want to have a question asked, please send it to us in advance at

  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination
  • Harassment
  • Retaliation
  • Whistle blower protection actions
  • Lease Violations
  • DAC Reports
  • Employment labor
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Misclassification of drivers

 Panel lawyers include: Paul Taylor and Peter Lavoie from “Truckers Justice Center” and Steve Arenson from the employment litigation firm on Park Ave. in New York City , Arenson Dittmar & Karman.

Steven Arenson – Reuters: New York area car wash workers get more than $91,000 each in unpaid wages

Truckers Justice Center – Marten, New Prime, Maverick, UPS


Another main attraction this year at GATS will be the “center stage” Lady Trucker Discussion


Lady Panel Discussion

Sponsored by Truckers Justice Center

Join us as we present a lady trucker discussion panel on the main exhibit floor stage to allow women who work as truck drivers to talk about their work, the pros and cons of their particular driving sector that should be considered and their concerns in the industry. Come meet some lady truck drivers and listen to what they have to say!

                  Idella’s Puppy Paradise

                                  5:30 Pm to 7:30 PM August 24-26, 2017 



Pet Parade August 26, 2017 Start Time TBA

RWIT Treasurer , and one of the recently named TA/Petro Citizen Driver Award Winners, Idella Hansen brings her love for animals to the GATS TA/Petro Truck Parking Community this year with a dog play area that opens after the GATS exhibit hall closes. There will be selfie station photo opportunities , a mobile dog wash area, play toys and giveaways. The grand finale Pet Parade will be held on the final evening in the Fair Park TA/Petro truck parking community. Let your trucking dog come out and socialize with us at Idella’s Puppy Paradise! 


Booth Details: VISIT RWIT at booth 8052 located near OnRamp to Health and across from Operation Roger Pet Transport where will will have literature for drivers who would like to know more about our organization, significant recent legal cases that have been won on behalf of truck drivers, 2 minute lady truck driverSPEAK YOUR MIND!Videos for our You Tube Channel PLUS information on our upcoming special events like the

Phoenix Raceway Camp Out in the Desert during NASCAR weekend November 2017 and the 2nd Annual Lady Trucker Cruise.

RWIT will be raffling off One (1) Phoenix Raceway Camp Out in the Desert RWIT VIP Package, a $300.00 value plus other giveaways

To READ MORE  go to RWIT Great American Truck Show

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Anti-Trucker wage language in 2 bills to ensure cheap labor and high profits


Anti-Trucker wage language in 2 bills to ensure cheap labor and high profits

I can’t express the seriousness of 2 bills which are in the process of being voted on in the next few days, and the effects that will result for truck driver wages.
The time to action NOW.

FAA and Thud bill

 The ATA, (Lobby Group that represents the carriers)  has stated openly that their main priority for 2017, was to have the Denham “anti trucker wage” language inserted into bills, designed to negatively affect how drivers are paid.  They’ve managed to achieve this by getting lawmakers to put them into not just ONE (1), but TWO (2) bills.  FAA and THUD bill

If the amendments, provisions, or language that has been introduced into the THUD or FAA bills are allowed to remain, the results  will drastically result in truckers’ inability to be paid for all their time working. ( detention time, paper work, and all non driving time working) To summarize: Motor Carriers would legally not be obligated to pay drivers anything other than miles driven. Period.

The ATA’s primary goal is to keep YOU running hard, as many hours as you can, because they know that right now, most of you only earn while the wheels are rolling.  PIECE WORK WAGES

ATA wants Federal Laws- Truckers Say NO! Give states the power

This new language, amendments, or provisions in both the THUD and FAA bill will keep it that way!! and  will remove any legal obligation from carriers to have to pay drivers for all time.  READ more about this concept here.  The more unpaid hours you work, the less valued you are

The dangerous language we are referring to,the Denham language, authored by a California Congressman named Jeff Denham, who is from the rural agricultural region of California called Modesto. The ATA and their carriers have invested over $111,000 in Jeff Denham making him their#4 political investment.

If either of the bills are passed to include the Denham language the results will be:

  • It will mean that the word “truck driver” will be synonymous with the word cheap labor
  • It will mean that you will never, by law, be entitled to be paid for ALL your time working.
  • In essence it means that truckers are only worth what they can produce ( while fighting a 14 hour clock) and that ALL other time they spend working is not valued.

We are asking for your help. Please take 15 minutes to call, email, tweet and/or Facebook your State US Senators and tell them to remove the anti worker language on page 38 & 39 Section 134 of the THUD Bill.

Also, tell them to VOTE NO on the FAA Reauthorization anti trucker wage amendments.

Here is a link to every U.S. senator email and phone #

Here is a link to every U.S.Representative
Or you can just call the U.S. Switchboard. 202-224-3121

This language was originally included as the Denham amendment in the Fast Act of 2015.
HOW did YOUR Congressman VOTE? 
Fortunately, there were members of Congress who saw the ill affects it would cause to truckers and their families, and it was removed from the final  FAST ACT bill.

The ATA and their lobbying efforts did not stop. The toxic Denham language,( intended to injure  truckers and increase company bottom lines), was tried again in the FAA and THUD in 2016.

It is now in Both the FAA bill and the Thud bill.  VIDEO
“NO” to Anti-Trucker Wage Amendments

This anti trucker language aims to reverse and close the door on modernizing the way truck drivers are paid. It would allow companies to continue a practice of not paying for detention time among other things and reverse State laws which protect truck drivers,  recognizing that traffic and being delayed for loading and unloading can create a burden on truck drivers who are not being paid fairly for their time.

Not paying truck drivers for all of their work hours defies safety, is anti worker and anti American.

We do not want “government to interfere”- We’re asking Congress and the government to stay out of states affairs.
There are states who have laws and believe that truckers should be paid for all their work, in addition to their miles driven.  We’re telling government not to pervert laws which were meant to deregulate freight ( 1994 FAAA ACT). These laws were not meant to preempt states labor laws so that drivers wages could be regulated.

It is the ATA and other of trucking industry  who have vowed to change and distort the true intent of existing FAAA law. The circuit Courts agreed and the Supreme Court has refused to hear their cases.

Now the trucking industry has gone to Congress to CHANGE laws for the sole purpose of ensuring truckers are not paid for the time they work.
So much for Federal Government “staying out of trucking”

Just a note:  70% of truck drivers voted for the majority party that said they were going to fight for workers and this language definitely breaks that promise.


Vast majority of truckers voted for GOP who introduced anti trucker wage language in FAA &THUD bill.

Many truck drivers are only paid when the wheels are turning which means some work unpaid hours up to 35 a week of their 70 allotted hours. This is especially true in the agriculture sector where Congressman Jeff Denham, his family & friends have agriculture & logistics business interests.

The language also seeks to be retroactive which means that truck drivers who have won wage theft lawsuits against carriers could have those decisions reversed.


Another weak excuse offered by ATA and others is , besides the altering of intent of the 1994 Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act, is that it would be too difficult to keep up with different states labor law.

Well here’s a thought for you, If you want to eliminate confusion regarding  “different states labor laws,” then the logical conclusion would be to PAY TRUCKERS FOR ALL TIME! Problem Solved.
MAKE THE CALL  202-224-3121 Example of what you can say.


“As a trucker, I’m against the Denham amendment and the Fischer amendments to the FAA bill and the Denham Preemption language in the THUD bill 23 Section 134 under FEDERAL AUTHORITY.
These anti trucker amendments and language  will nullify state laws that require trucking companies to pay for rest breaks, detention time, and all time working. These amendments work against the interests of trucker rights to be paid for all time worked and are also anti state’s rights and anti safety.”

Important Links

 Read enitre THUD BILL
below is the section pertaining to anti-trucker Denham Language

24 (a) IN GENERAL.—Section 14501(c) of title 49,
25 United States Code, is amended—
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1 (1) in paragraph (1) by striking ‘‘paragraphs
2 (2) and (3)’’ and inserting ‘‘paragraphs (3) and
3 (4)’’;
4 (2) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through
5 (5) as paragraphs (3) through (6) respectively;
6 (3) by inserting after paragraph (1) the fol7
9 ‘‘(A) IN GENERAL.—A State, political sub10
division of a State, or political authority of 2 or
11 more States may not enact or enforce a law,
12 regulation, or other provision having the force
13 and effect of law prohibiting employees whose
14 hours of service are subject to regulation by the
15 Secretary under section 31502 from working to
16 the full extent permitted or at such times as
17 permitted under such section, or imposing any
18 additional obligations on motor carriers if such
19 employees work to the full extent or at such
20 times as permitted under such section, 21including
 any related activities regulated under part
22 395 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations.
ing in this paragraph may be construed to limit
25 the provisions of paragraph (1).’’;
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1 (4) in paragraph (3) (as redesignated) by strik2
ing ‘‘Paragraph (1)—’’ and inserting ‘‘Paragraphs
3 (1) and (2)—’’; and
4 (5) in paragraph (4)(A) (as redesignated) by
5 striking ‘‘Paragraph (1)’’ and inserting ‘‘Paragraphs
6 (1) and (2)’’.
7 (b) EFFECTIVE DATE.—The amendments made by
8 this section shall have the force and effect as if enacted
9 on the date of enactment of the Federal Aviation Adminis10
tration Authorization Act of 1994 (Public Law 103–305).

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House bill shields carriers from court-ordered payouts to drivers, exempts livestock haulers from ELD mandate

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ELD mandate leads to driver protest


As time gets closer to the ELD mandate taking effect, the conversations and debates about the rule are becoming more intense.  What is it about this rule which has created such intense outpouring of rage, opinion, and defiance?  And what about those who “love their e-logs”?
How could professional drivers have such extreme views?

For those  AGAINST the ELD mandate, who believe ELD’s are unsafe or infringe upon  privacy, keep the date for protest in mind.  Oct 3-7-2017

Let’s define the ELD, electronic logging device.  An ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.


In other words no more paper logs. So what’s not love about ELD’s?  It going to make a drivers life easier? Right?
Theoretically, drivers would no longer have to worry about taking time to log their miles, and when their allowed hour are up, they just “stop”. No more paper work, No more log book violations, no more forced dispatch.
Trip planning might need a little more attention however, especially when the lack of truck parking continues to be one of the bigger challenges for drivers.

Truck Parking and the 14 hour rule

So why are drivers so passionately against ELD’s?

#The 1 reason is the 14 hour rule and racing the clock.

HOS states that a driver can drive 11 hours/day and work 14hrs/day.  They must take 10 consecutive hours off duty in order to drive again.
And then the 60/70-Hour Limit:
A driver may not drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A driver may restart a 7/8 consecutive day period after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off duty.

Let’s not forget, drivers are paid by the mile and ruled by the clock.  You are given x amount of time to produce your miles and no matter what obstacle comes up ( weather, truck, traffic, delays at dock,  need a nap) you will not be paid unless those miles are achieved.

What happens if you hit bad weather, have a maintenance issue, or they way too common long delay at the shipper/receiver?
What happens if you run out of hours with paper logs? You can “fix” your paper logs.
What happens if you run out of hours with ELD’s? You can’t “fix” ELD’s. 

The 14 hour rule– The ELD  enforces this 14 hour rule! Even if you got rid of the ELD mandate, drivers are still going to have to fight the clock, being paid by the mile while governed by time.
With all the challenges that drivers face, with all the obstacles and unforeseen circumstances that arise daily beyond ones control, why would the government put you in a situation that has you racing time? Why should drivers have to “fix logs” just to:
Be safe, find parking, or earn a living?

In order to win the argument for ELD’s, you would need to explain the danger of the HOS rule that they enforce.  Truckers earn a living based on the amount of miles they drive. They keep strict appointments to their customers. When the ability to drive miles to meet obligations are interfered with and time runs out, ELD’s can cause stress,  unsafe situations, and low wages ( which equals more stress).

According to the FMCSA, The electronic logging device (ELD) rule is intended to help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data.
Again, ELD’s enforce Hours-of-Service regulation. (HOS). Let that sink in.

One common agreement seems to be for most drivers, whether they love their e-logs or hate them, most drivers have an aversion for the 14 hour clock, the basis of the HOS rule.


That rule is the 14 hour clock. Remove that one rule and production increases because we can drive and sleep as our body needs not as the clock dictates.

Posted by Allen Smith on Friday, May 26, 2017

We asked drivers on Facebook why do drivers rush with an ELD?  Read the replies by clicking the blue”F”

Question: Why do you think #drivers rush more with an #ELD ? Is it to get more miles? Pushed by dispatch?

Posted by Allen Smith on Thursday, May 25, 2017


Shot in the arm for the ELD fight: Mr. Justice joins Mr. Reed, others with sights on D.C.

ELD or Me

Support the event ELD or Me Online Store 2017

Here are some comments on the ELD or ME Facbook group page. There are hundreds of comments, I just chose a few.  I suggest you go to the page and join if you are anti ELD.  The group was started by Scott Reed and Tony Justice just a few short weeks ago and has around 16,000 people in it already.

Angel Sturgill I didn’t run straight out illegal. But having that flexibility that you could fix the logs was a lot less stressful than watching your various clocks tick off. It changes your mentality. Just like it is proven that you spend more money using plastic than you do if you hand over cash. It changes your mentality.

ELD’s do the same thing. For some reason it amps up the stress level. I began to drive more aggressively and became more stressed. The horrible feeling that you feel when a dispatcher is constantly interrogating you about your time. All adds to the stress. The paper logs added that flexibility when you needed to park someplace safe and didn’t want to start your clock. We are miles driven pay, but we work in hourly increments. If the government is going to force us to run hourly, then they also need to force our pay to be hourly.

But as with hourly employees, the culture/mentality/work ethic begins to change. It is sad.

John Taylor This the only industry that begs and pleads  to work harder and harder. Just to work themselves into a grave 10 years sooner. Just to make a few cents more.

Jeff Clark The sad thing is that if we expand the 14 hour rule is that we will just end up giving it away to the docks that will waste it. For years we have complained about these docks. We have falsified our logs more to cover for these people than to slow down or make more money.

Scott Jordan I run ELD’s but am strongly opposed to Forced ELD’s. I have stated strong opinions on both side. Scott M. Reed even disagreed with a couple. I think they are doing the best they can with the rapid growth. Here is an idea, we either jump on board and support this cause for freedom or just hand them our keys. PRO-ELD or No -ELD either way, forced ELD and inflexible HOS is the issue at hand.

Join Scott and Tony on AskTheTrucker Live  July 1st 2017 6PM et   Call in # 347-826-9170

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