A log book system that may well finish off what's left of the trucking industry?
Will this system make the truck driver shortage for carriers, an even bigger problem?
These are just some of the questions that have our already overstressed industry in a tailspin.......the introduction of the electronic log book for drivers in the trucking industry.
The electronic log book or e-log, is a hot topic of debate, with drivers and trucking companies.
They are designed to accurately record what the truck does, 24/7!
The standard style paper log book opens up the opportunity to falsify the driver's actions. However, this doesn't happen with these on-board recorders tracking the truck driver's every move.
Accurate records of the truck's actions are very useful in a DOT inspection or for a carrier's safety audit. Often, truck inspection stations will keep records which carriers operate with the electronic log book method, and will usually waive these trucks on through the inspection station.
But, hey.... that's their job, and that's why they get paid the big bucks!
The introduction of the e-log book method has generally been very upsetting for many truckers. They feel their livelihood being threatened, by even greater control over their driving and earning potential.
Perhaps due to the unrest in the industry, including heavy scrutiny by the authorities and public pressures, the average trucker is reluctant to adapt to the system, as it's just one more 'nail in the coffin', for a job that has less appeal than ever.
The trucking companies are under pressure to switch over to the electronic record keeping, but many of the smaller carriers are finding the cost prohibitive.
There's no doubt that the electronic log book system, due to public pressure for safety and changing regulations, is the future of the trucking industry.
Here are two questions I'll leave you to ponder..........
If you have an electronic log book system in your rig, invest in a cheap printer. If you're required to submit logs to a D.O.T. officer, the ability to print off your logs from the on-board recorder, could save you a lot of time.
Otherwise, you'll need to wait until your company provides them to the office.... it could be a long wait.
Let's hear YOUR take on E-Logs.
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