Truck drivers say that electronic devices that measure daily driving time can get stuck in just 30 minutes from home.

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  • Truck drivers are paid based on mileage, but can only drive 11 hours each day.

  • Electronic devices record driving times, but truck drivers say these can be too restrictive.

  • They say that due to restrictions, they can get stuck in 30 minutes from home or in a crime-prone area.

It wasn’t low wages, long hours, or lack of benefits that pushed Brian Pape out of the truck industry.

Instead, it was a small device that measured how many hours he had driven each day and told him when to stop.

“That was it for me,” Pape told Insider. “I sold my equipment, and I left.”

Truck drivers can work up to 14 hours a day, Up to 11 hours of driving.. You can’t do this all at once. After 8 hours of continuous operation, you need to take a 30 minute break.

Although these regulations have been in force for many years 2017 DOT has abolished the use of paper logs written by truck drivers and mandated them instead Electronic logging device, Known as E-Logs, tracks when a truck driver drives and rests.

Truck drivers mainly say they are in favor of service time regulations, but E-Log is too strict. Left-behind driver Near home or truck stops.

“If you’re 11 hours in 30 minutes from home, you’ll need to shut down, or you’ll automatically be in breach of business hours,” Pape said. This will result in Fine It can put your truck driver’s license at risk.

Indiana truck driver Mark Rumps runs Geotab E-Log ELD software on his Samsung tablet.

Indiana truck driver Mark Rumps runs Geotab E-Log software on his Samsung tablet.Courtesy of Mark Lamp

Prior to deploying E-Log, Pape said he could exceed the 11-hour limit by about an hour to reach a particular destination, but never reached a “dangerous level.” increase. Other truck drivers made similar comments to insiders.

Indiana truck driver Mark Rumps, who runs a YouTube channel Truck answerSome companies have stated that they have deliberately avoided the use of E-Log by purchasing and refurbishing trucks with engines manufactured before 2000. This is because E-Log is exempt.

Pape said he used E-Logs to persuade him to stop driving after about 13 years in just two weeks.

Other truck drivers are leaving the industry Light salary, Long time, When Bad treatment from truck companiess, this caused confusion throughout the supply chain.

Colorado-based truck driver Brian Stoffer said one of the reasons E-Logs stopped driving long distances was “trying to push a round peg into a square hole.” ..

According to Stauffer, “crazy” service time rules often don’t match the driver’s body clock. He said there should be exceptions, such as when a driver reaches the 11-hour limit in a criminal area and doesn’t want to park there overnight.

Most truck drivers are paid Based on mileage..

“Driving time is equal to miles on the road, and miles are equal to dollars,” said Doug Watters, a Mississippi truck driver who has been in the industry for nearly 30 years.

According to Staufer, the service time policy “forces” truck drivers to drive even when they are tired and to drive at high speeds to increase their mileage.

However, the truck driver said before E-Logs that some drivers tricked paper logs into driving recklessly to maximize mileage anyway.

And Lamps said E-Logs has made truck companies “accountable” and stopped encouraging drivers to increase their luggage when they reach their limits.

Dispatchers and trucking companies “know that if there is any evidence of forcing or forcing drivers to do something unusual, they will be held liable,” Watters added.

Trackers said electronic logs are more convenient than paper logs, and Lamp ultimately only strengthens policies already in place anyway.

“The same time service is valid,” he said. “The driver always violated them to go home.”

“If you violate service hours because you aren’t paid properly,” Lamps added.

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