Heard on the Road — Truckers are full of opinions
and not bashful about sharing them. That is
actually part of what I really like about our regional
membership meetings. We get to hear what is
really going on. Such information helps us focus
on what is most important to your operations.
We recently completed seven meetings across the
state and received some great feedback.
E-Logs Were Tops — The number one topic at
each meeting was far and away the implementation
of electronic logging devices (ELDs).
Carriers who have converted uniformly expressed
how they did not lose large numbers of drivers
during their transition. They also stressed how
critical load planning has become in this new
Many carriers are concerned about hardware
failures when a truck is on the road. Is seven
days really adequate time under the regulation
to get a device fixed, especially if you route your
trucks home infrequently? Will there be enough
service centers and technicians across the system
to address problems quickly? What will it cost
to obtain repairs as demand increases? When
a truck goes down for non-ELD reasons, will a
leased truck be compatible with the ELD you normally
Carriers repeatedly cited problems with devices
taking a long time to boot up as data is downloaded.
Others reported cold weather challenges with
tablets left in vehicles over the weekend.
Still other carriers had yet to implement ELDs
and were looking for information to help make
the purchasing decision. Some were not aware of
the MTA ELD Resource Guide (available at www.
mntruck.org/resources) and the many carriers
who have volunteered to field calls by carriers
finalizing their decisions.
It is painfully clear there will be a lot of glitches
to work out in the system. The MTA plans to contact
the FMCSA to express these serious concerns
well in advance of the effective date.
In additional, our April 20th Trucking
Management Conference has a session dedicated
to coping with ELDs in the real world, including
how to prepare your shippers.
Truck to the Capitol — As a reminder, MTA
members will be meeting with their local legislators
on February 16 for Truck to the Capitol. This
is a great opportuntiy to give the trucking industry
a voice by letting our representatives know
their decisions affect what we do.
Great Ambassadors — We are very excited to
have two new trucking ambassadors. Michael
Matheson from Manning Transfer was named
the 2017 MTA Driver of the Year at our recent
banquet, while Bill Krouse was appointed a
member of America’s Road Team. You can bet
we will be using them to educate the media, legislators
and the public about our great industry.
Congratulations Michael and Bill.