The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s naughty or nice list is about to go all electronic in Minneapolis, MN, and just about everywhere else trucks roll in the United States.
Following years of planning and debate, what’s known as Electronic Logging Devices are supposed to be in the nation’s commercial motor vehicles, keeping tabs on data including; miles traveled and hours of service, while cutting down on paperwork.
In Minneapolis and elsewhere, drivers aren’t quite sure if the new rule, which takes effect in mid-December, is to have an immediate effect on the hours allowed over the road (it’s 11 by law) in a 14 hour stretch of duty.
It’s anticipated some truckers will see their incomes drop if there is greater accuracy in logging and in how long it takes to make a delivery. Some fear the result could be a greater driver shortage and smaller trucking firms will be forced out of business.
Another great unknown on Minneapolis roads and those across the country is whether less “unlawful driving” leads to more safety, fewer wrecks, and more lives saved each year.
While December is the deadline for electronic logging compliance, truckers and their companies could be fined for non-compliance for several months after the rule takes effect before regulators attempt to force their rigs off the road.
Another issue being closely watched is the number of miles traveled as the result of greater compliance and accuracy due to the electronic measurements. If there is still good demand for haulers to deliver, some are hopeful pricing will go up and the industry will become more profitable. Other observers aren’t so sure about that.
Like everyone else, Bay & Bay Transportation will do its best to comply with the new rules and to keep tabs on whether the new rule is good for its drivers and customers. The Minnesota-based company prides itself on safety and reliability. They operate late model trucks and offer several hauling options for short and long-range drivers, along with competitive pay and benefit plans at several locations across the U. S.
It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Minneapolis and on countless miles of highway nationwide. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit us here for more details and information about how you can join our growing team.