Channel 19

Todd Dills

Could EOBRs solve the detention dilemma?

| May 04, 2012

What do you think?

Any other small fleets or independents out there running EOBRs?

Blake says he can feel the criticism coming, but wants readers to know that, at first, he was against the devices himself: “I was definitely pretty well against them beforehand. But like I say, when you’re looking at what minor violations can do to your scores — with DOT doing everything they’re doing with CSA and coming after carriers — I basically decided I had to make a choice if I wanted to stay in the trucking business. It’s either adapt and go with the changes, or close the doors. Now that I’m running this way, there are instances where we’ve been getting loaded and something’s gone haywire. I can send my customer a printout of the time the driver’s been sitting at the dock instantly. If every trucking company did that, I believe, they would start getting compensated for that time. Drivers would not be forced to fudge anymore.”

Blake sees it from both an owner and driver’s perspective, too. On the latter point, “I love being able to hop in the truck, pop in the computer, and I don’t have to worry about my logbook in a weigh station. It’s kind of peaceful, knowing that.”

Thoughts?

PS: Blake is looking for drivers for a few other trucks — he’s had a couple drivers retire in the recent past and keeps running into snags with new applicants, fyi. Find more about this fleet via this page.

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  • Gordon A

    This is how the EOBR can work for some and depending on the companies application to service. It may not work for the majority of carriers /drivers. Blake’s company is short haul. A stark difference between his and a majority of other carriers that run the contingent 48 states.
    This also shows that his decision to install the EOBR was not to reduce accidents ( he had none) but to stay in business. His company had a very good safety rating. It was logging paper work that required him to do this. Another small carrier that got caught up in the Govt’s mumbo jumbo.
    Honest mistakes in logging times or numbers is a mistake not a falsification. Dot inspectors are perfect. They never make a mistake.

  • Thomas Blake

    Hi Gordon, We run and scheduale numerous loads per truck a day, trucks average 520- 660 miles a day with 2-3 drop & hooks, and 1 live load each day. Time mangament is very important. My life would be easier if I were still doing long haul.

  • g

    Yippee..sounds real exciting…being monitored by cops 24/7 and the Pay is still Crap.

  • g

    Yep he was Intimidated by cop agencies to Install Monitoring devices….some are forced to install driver Monitoring Cameras!! cops have no time to arrest illegal alien truckers who are busy taking OUR loads cheaply and taking OUR jobs….

  • g

    Comply, Obey, Conform…..more rules each day..and illegal aliens running wild driving 18 wheelers?? Something wrong with this picture??? Dictatorship??

  • g

    D.O.T. is happy to have MORE boot lickers…welcome aboard Sellout….next they can install a Camera in Your bedroom to see if You are “compliant”…??

  • g

    Obey…Conform…Comply…..Dictatorship????

  • Max Log

    BS, it only complicates the job and will cause for more and more ppl getting out of business, and the ones left behind, forget about making money with the truck, move on.

  • jay

    This don’t work for every body. It’s no doubt in my mind this is a move to get the small man out the way for those cheap paying big companies!!

  • Joe Ammons

    This will work for the entire industry if and only if the FLSA exemption is revoked/abolished. Then all companies big and small would be in a position where they would charge detention to cover the time that must be paid to driver. AND owner operators would benefit the trickle down with in 6 months.

    As it was originally mandated the FLSA exemption was under the direction of the Secretary of Transportation, I believe it still is and could be lifted by the Secretary without congressional action.

    It is time people, you can sign the petition on Change.org

    http://www.change.org/petitions/u-s-secretary-of-transportation-disallow-flsa-exemption-for-trucking-upon-order-requiring-eobr-s

  • Sasha Renfrow

    IT SHOULD BE AN OPTION NOT A REQUIREMENT!

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