ELD Mandate....Any O/O's left the business because of it?

Discussion in 'Ask An Owner Operator' started by SteveScott, May 16, 2018.

  1. SteveScott

    SteveScott Heavy Load Member

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    Had a call from my old boss yesterday begging me to come and work for him because he can't find a driver for my old run and the rates are through the roof. He said the ELD mandate has pushed shipping rates through the roof and some O/O's left the business rather than use ELD's. Told him thanks but no thanks, even with much higher pay..

    A former co-worker confirmed that that high rates are having a big impact on small DC's who are struggling to afford the higher shipping costs and may close up shop because of it.

    I'm just getting into the O/O end of the business and it seems like a great time to do so. I started my driving career using ELD's and have no problem with them at all.

    What is everybody else seeing out there?
     
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  2. Md420

    Md420 Medium Load Member

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    I see alot of people talking ish but nobody actually following through. Like anything else in trucking, like every year or 2 everybody says they are going on strike lol
     
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  3. Rubber duck kw

    Rubber duck kw Road Train Member

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    Higher rates are more because of the economy than eld mandate just my opinion.
     
  4. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    I can't really tell. I keep my rates steady.

    I swear I see far less of certain trucks though.....PGT comes to mind right off the top of my head.

    But some other companies seem to have lost drivers/trucks too. It takes a lot of driving and watching to notice....
     
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  5. UsualSuspect

    UsualSuspect Road Train Member

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    I see the truck stops are parking areas are fuller than ever, so the only thing the ELD mandate did was stop the cheating of the logs. If those who said they were going to leave did, there would be more than enough parking.
     
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  6. SteveScott

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    Everyplace seems to be seeing that now. Last year in the spring and summer, truck stops didn't completely fill up until a half hour before dark. This year they're mostly full by 4-5 PM. At least that's what I'm seeing. Never had to use paid parking in my life and now I use it frequently because the places are full.
     
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  7. Mattflat362

    Mattflat362 Road Train Member

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    I don't see that issue running the Midwest and Northeast. I look at night when I drive past them and they have spots. They are crowded....but a spot or 2. I used to never see open spots at night in my lanes.
     
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  8. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    I agree with that. If people actually did the research, it doesn't cost that much to run an ELD. One time cost of equipment, plus a small monthly fee, which is a tax write-off I'm sure isn't affecting income. They just left the industry because they can't get with the times. They actually have to trip plan now
     
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  9. Boardhauler

    Boardhauler Road Train Member

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    I parked my truck & went to work driving for a small company that is intrastate California. Still on loose leaf paper.

    I had a 3 month experience with elogs a few years ago and I will never do it again. I'll Rob liquor stores for a living first.
     
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  10. Atlanta trucker

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    Survival of the fittest.
    Survival of the most easily adapts to change. Life goes on no matter how much you dont like it.
     
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