e-log shift

Inside the black box: A guide to ELDs

FMCSA expects to begin enforcement of its ELD mandate Dec. 18, the scheduled date by which owner-operators must be using electronic logs. There are dozens of compliance options for truckers. This comprehensive look spells out those options -- and their pros and cons.

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Small fleet saves time and hassles with ELDs

The biggest ELD hurdle for nine-truck JJ&T Trucking, says Jake Taylor, company co-owner with his wife, Christy, was less operational than technical.

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E-log sticker merits easy time at weigh station

Gastonia, N.C.-based hotshot/tow owner-operator Buster Lewis took up the Continental VDO RoadLog to eliminate the hassle of pushing paper logs, he says -- big bonus: No weigh-station hassles for him and his 2006 Freightliner Business Class straight flatbed.

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ELDs and the detention quagmire

Rico Muhammad's reefer freight operation, based in Atlanta, is comprised of two trucks operating primarily in the Southeast and sometimes outside the region. He names detention's operational quagmire as perhaps the principal issue for owner-operators moving to ELDs.

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ELDs’ early adopters face productivity, operational challenges

Examining the operational impacts of fully engine-connected electronic logging devices both positive and negative -- adopted by these independents and leased small fleets/operators, well ahead of the ELD mandate.

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Is the ELD mandate’s pre-2000 exemption simply delaying the inevitable?

At least one analyst says yes, within 24 months of the ELD mandate going into effect, “nearly everyone will need an ELD, whether they like it or not, purely from a market standpoint.” That's not a universally held viewpoint, however.

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Older trucks holding value better since ELD announcement

Wholesale auction data over the past two years exhibit that 1995-1999 truck prices have declined at a slower rate than 2000-2004 trucks, particularly since announcement of the ELD mandate's pre-2000 model year exemption.

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Eyes on the prize: The market for pre-2000 trucks in light of ELD exemption

Pre-2000 model year trucks take on a new luster as a way out of the ELD mandate. Now might be the best time to beat an expected spike in prices.

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