Eld omnitracs ball and chain

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by GregoryRapsing, Apr 21, 2021.

  1. GregoryRapsing

    GregoryRapsing Bobtail Member

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    I am autistic and bipolar, I am a very good driver but the eld and is absolute clunky in design and nature is causing me many many headaches, I have spoke with many truckers and I see the dangers this ball and chain leads to yet I see no one interested in stopping this and reverting to something safer, my question, is their anyway a campaign can be set up to strike against these forms of prison, as a trucker, I recognize the importance of safe driving, and proper rest, but the fact that many drivers I have met are utilizing 2 logs (1 a ghost and the other legitimate) while I am imprisoned to watching my time tick away whether I’m moving or not, and then the awful waiting for the time to complete to move again is extremely disheartening and I would suggest unhealthy

    I would like to be a part of some campaign that abolishes these terrible units, to strike against as we are up against continuous scrutiny always from unfriendly border crossings to endless stops at scales and slow paced travel and craziness all over the highways , it seems more a punishment to be a trucker than a privilege,

    when I am driving in Canada, the unit gives me 13 hrs whether moving or not, continuous and 8 hr mandatory break before next 13 hrs of drive, that seems reasonable, but when stopped it continues to decline robbing time and in U.S. 11 hrs (which stops counting when not moving (that is great) with 10 hr mandatory brk, (thats ridiculous) can we not somehow go against the eld and get these to be uniform and driver friendly,

    I suggest, 13 hrs drive time available, Canada and U.S. and when not in motion time stops, this is helpful in accident prone areas, construction zones, many scale and border crossing stops where no one seems to care our time runs away from us, and 8 hr breaks with the 34 hr once a week reset, I don’t think it’s unreasonable to ask for some minor comfort when we have to deal with so much crap from parking to hygiene to extreme and bad conditions to terrible drivers on the road, just an eld that is driver friendly to take away some discomfort so we can focus on safe pick up and delivery

    anything out there that goes against specifically junk omnitracs that I can become involved in, please email me

    I love tricking, but the prison of eld is wrong, and I realize omnitracs do not care except to receive money, and that my life nor my health mean anything



    I am willing to fight for freedom so that I may do a great job ,

    greg
     
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  3. ZVar

    ZVar Road Train Member

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  4. kemosabi49

    kemosabi49 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    The eld was mandated by Congress and only they can rescind the mandate.The amount of divers that would strike over this issue has already been shown by past efforts at a strike. Not many.
    Of more importance right now is the issue of speed limiters, which the FHWA and the ATA has been pushing for. They are trying to get these mandated in Joe's infrastructure bill.
    Another thing is a California Congressman says he is going to re-introduce a bill to raise the liability insurance minimums, this time to 4.95 million dollars.
    The eld mandate was part of another highway bill and not enough truckers cared to try to keep to out of the bill.
    Will they care about these issues? Time will tell but I'm not holding my breath.
     
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  5. MBAngel

    MBAngel Medium Load Member

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    It's not the end you're really upset about. Yes, it records your time, and informs you about your remaining hours of service. But it's only telling you what the law allows. The laws are your issue. And the laws were put in place to stop accidents from drivers who were driving 24 hours straight. They were put in place to keep employers from killing us with no breaks, and no limits. As a team driver, that eld is of no consequence. It says time up, fine, pull over, get your partner in the seat, and roll on.
    The device isn't your problem. It's the drivers who used to run 2 logs, and the laws.
     
  6. skallagrime

    skallagrime Medium Load Member

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    Go sniff another politicians keister

    Its not about safety, its never been about safety, if it were, they'd fund parking and training on the state dime, to name 2
     
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    WE ARE THE BEER! WE ARE THE BEER! WE’RE MAD AS HELL AND WE’RE NOT GOING TO BE THE DRIVERS ANYMORE!

    BE THE BEER!!!!!
     
  8. slow.rider

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    They do fund training. The parking is provided by the magic of the marketplace.
     
  9. slow.rider

    slow.rider Road Train Member

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    Um....
     
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  10. Dockbumper

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    This kind of tricking?

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