As the Electronic Logging Devices(ELD) mandate approaches, a new survey finds that almost half of the affected truckers are unprepared.
The study was conducted by PrePass, which provides weigh station bypass technologies. It surveyed 1,620 drivers, owner-operators, and fleets and found that forty-nine percent said they had yet to select an ELD.
A mere one-third of respondents had installed the devices, while 18% reported that they had the equipment in hand but had not yet made it operational.
On the more positive side, =more than half of those who identified themselves as fleet managers said the equipment was operating, in contrast to to 28% of drivers and owner-operators.
Of those who had yet to install an ELD, 68% didn’t plan to do it before the deadline, with 26% said they are not convinced the mandate will actually take effect. Thirty-one percent of that group said they are not planning to install ELD’s at all.
“It is surprising to see that such a large share of both owner-operators and drivers as well as fleet professionals see no need or rush to comply with the upcoming ELD mandate,” said Karen Rasmussen, Chief Executive Officer of Help Inc., which is the company behind PrePass. “Whether they are in favor of ELD or not, there is every indication that the FMCSA intends to follow through with its plans to require the devices without delay.”