TruckStop.com survey reveals truckers are delaying ELD purchases

By Tyson Fisher, Land Line staff writer | Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Most truckers are delaying purchases of electronic logging devices (ELDs) and expect the equipment to do much more than record time once they acquire them, according to a survey conducted by TruckStop.com.

More than 1,300 respondents took the “Moving Forward with the ELD Mandate” survey. Of those respondents, more than 80 percent owned 1-5 trucks, with nearly half identifying as owner-operators. Only 16 percent of those who took the survey are currently using an Automatic On Board Recording Device, or AOBRD.

More than 60 percent of respondents that do not currently have an ELD said they will wait a year or longer before purchasing one. Less than a quarter intend on purchasing an ELD within a year, 8 percent said they will never purchase an ELD, and 2 percent claimed they will exit the industry before buying one.

When truckers eventually purchase an ELD, they expect more bang for their buck. In addition to electronic logs, respondents also want their device to include log auditing, IFTA reporting and routing. Among those who already have ELDs, logging, tracking, log auditing and two-way messaging were the top four features.

According to the survey, no devices currently available in the market have been deemed FMCSA compliant. Owner-operators and carriers who currently have an ELD may have to purchase new devices if their current technology does not meet FMCSA standards.

Half of respondents indicated that the ELD mandate will have a negative impact on their business. A quarter believed there will be no change, and less than 20 percent believed the mandate will lead to positive change.

After the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Dec. 10 its final rule mandating the use of ELDs in all 2000 and newer trucks, OOIDA filed a Petition for Review with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit.

As the rule stands, truckers will need to use any AOBRD or ELD beginning Dec. 18, 2017. All truckers must use a registered ELD starting Dec. 16, 2019.

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