Could EOBRs solve the detention dilemma?
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.”
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.