Canadian truckers have faith in ELDs, not hours of service: Poll
Posted: July 19, 2019
TORONTO, Ont. – The majority of Canadian truckers believe electronic logging devices (ELDs) will monitor hours of service better than paper logbooks, but question whether the equipment will make a difference in driver fatigue.
The findings emerged through a monthly survey of Today’s Trucking readers.
About 77% of respondents said ELDs will monitor hours of service more effectively than paper logbooks, and 72% said drivers will not be able to manipulate the information recorded by ELDs.
Fifty-eight per cent of the survey group already work for a fleet that uses ELDs.
Still, just 52% believe existing hours of service rules help to reduce driver fatigue, and only 44% believe the ELDs will actually help to reduce fatigue-related crashes. Fifty-one per cent said existing hours of service rules offer drivers and fleets enough flexibility to operate.
With ELDs tracking hours of service by the minute, 53% believe the technology will cause drivers to make less than they do today. Thirty-eight per cent of those surveyed do not believe that ELDs will affect driver pay.
The good news is that 69% believe ELDs will force shippers to address issues like extended dwell times and other delays.