elogs or paper?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by Elendil, Apr 5, 2011.

  1. Elendil

    Elendil Heavy Load Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    Ottawa, IL
    I been reading a lot of threads here, many of which were started in 2007 & 2008. They have been a great source of information and I feel like I am learning a lot.

    However, since 3 or 4 years has passed since many of the posts were made and I am trying to understand the current state of logging time and who still uses paper logbooks and who uses elogs.

    If you are reading this, please post your company and if you are using elogs or paper. I think it would be helpful to see what the companies are doing for us newcomers just breaking in........

  2. queenrocks77

    queenrocks77 Bobtail Member

    Just about all of the bigger companies have gone to paperless logs and it will be industry wide soon.

    US Xpress
  3. Paddington

    Paddington Medium Load Member

    Jul 5, 2009
    Cleveland, Ohio
    Yep, all of the big fleets will be on e-logs in the next few years, if they aren't already.
    Even alot of mid-sized outfits will do the same.
    Might as well get used to running e-logs now, as they will be industry standard in short order.
    This will push alot of independents and smaller fleets out of the biz for good.
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2011
  4. Prairie Boy

    Prairie Boy Road Train Member

    Nov 18, 2010
    Edmonton, AB
  5. Elendil

    Elendil Heavy Load Member

    Mar 27, 2011
    Ottawa, IL
    I wasn't arguing for or against it. It really doesn't matter to me either way. I'm just looking for driver to post whether or not they are currently using elogs and the company they work for to get an idea of who has them in use currently.
  6. ECU51

    ECU51 Heavy Load Member

    Published April, 01 2011
    Con-way Truckload announced that 71 percent of its 3,000-driver fleet is using electronic logs, with full integration of the technology expected in June 2011, to capture hours-of-service data automatically, reducing the potential for inaccuracies and risk of violations associated with paper logs. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected to make the adoption of e-logs mandatory for all carriers by 2014.

    The company says that because satellite-based mobile communications units have been installed in its tractors since 1994, it was able to integrate e-logs at a minimal cost, and as a result of reduced costs associated with providing and managing traditional paper-based log books, the company has achieved 59 percent savings to date.

    “We understand that the transition to e-logs presents some anxiety for drivers, based primarily on fear of the unknown and the difficulty of transitioning from a manual practice that has been used in the trucking industry for years,” says Bert Johnson, senior director of human resources and driver recruitment. “By voluntarily moving our drivers to e-logs now, we can ensure that they are comfortable with the paperless system well ahead of FMCSA’s mandate. Additionally, we can begin to realize the safety benefits today versus three years from now, which aligns with our core value of safety and mission to protect both our drivers and the motoring public.”

    Con-way Truckload began testing e-logs in February 2010 and started integrating the system in its trucks fleetwide in November. Currently 2,145 drivers are using e-logs, with another 75 drivers transitioning to the system each week, on average.
  7. WitchingHour

    WitchingHour Road Train Member

    Apr 1, 2011
    Broomfield, CO
    Fleet owner leased to CRST Malone. CRST Malone uses paper logs. At least for the time being. If they should become industry wide, I'm hoping to be back in a daycab by then.
  8. caddy59

    caddy59 Light Load Member

    Dec 14, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    If EBORs become mandatory, expect elogs to be the standard also, so they can basically "interact" with each other.

    In short, expect them to be the standard in about 5 years, probably less......
  9. rocknroll81

    rocknroll81 Road Train Member

    Sep 29, 2010
    West Allis Wi.
    Was wondering if you could bring me up to speed on this device, A driver should be able to do logs on there own, it's part of the job.It says that you can show the d.o.t your device, so what?????????? That does not suffice as a legal means for your logs. It's elogs or paper or punch card if local ltl, thats it, And if you cannot do it the right way on paper? how are you going to do it on the device? Please bring me up to speed on this, i know i'm tired but just not getting it.
  10. Husker_Trucker

    Husker_Trucker Medium Load Member

    Aug 28, 2010
    Lincoln, NE
    Elogs are actually pretty easy to use, if you can read simple English & tap an icon on a screen you're. In good shape then. The company I run for uses the Qualcomm platform & have very few problems with it. All you really have to do is touch the HOS icon on the home screen and it will take you right to where you can change your status to line 1,2,3 or 4. You do the same process as paper with PTI before driving, on duty not driving so on and so forth. I must have a sign on the back of my truck that says hey Mr. Diesel Bear inspect me! I have been through 12 inspections while on elogs and 11 of those times I was never asked to see my logs when the discovered I was using elogs. The one time was at the POE at Liberty Lake, WA and all I had to do was send a request to have my 8 days worth of logs faxed to the weigh station and within 5 minutes the trooper had them in hand. As for "signing" your logs all you have to do is go into your daily recap, click approve all logs & that is suffecient to the DOT. Just remember, if you use elogs you must keep the operation directions in your truck & blank paper logs as back up incase the computer goes bonkers. I found out the hard was about the required di
    rections on a roadside inspection in Emporia, KS. Hopefully this help, be safe.
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