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ELD Mandate: Impact on Carriers

Just as we’ve seen from Drivers, some carriers are also struggling to embrace electronic logging devices (ELDs) and their potential to increase efficiency.

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ELD Mandate: Impact on Carriers

Just as we’ve seen from Drivers, some carriers are also struggling to embrace electronic logging devices (ELDs) and their potential to increase efficiency.

For carriers who see ELDs as a pesky compliance requirement, the impending mandate will prevent them from bending the rules and putting drivers at risk in an effort to make a few extra bucks.

But for carriers looking to use this technology as an efficiency tool, ELDs present an opportunity to improve business performance. Using the data to better understand a Driver’s capabilities and working with Drivers to come up with plans that best suit their wants and abilities will quickly turn the technology into an effective fleet management system for your business.

When utilized as a fleet management system, ELD technology offers several benefits to carriers:

  • Reduced Paperwork: The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) reports that ELDs reduce the amount of time Drivers spend logging hours of service by over 20 hours per year, leading to $705 per driver, per year, in paperwork savings.
  • Lower Crash Rates: Drivers using ELDs see an 11.7% reduction in total crash rates compared to trucks without ELDs. The FMCSA calculates an average safety benefit of $187 per long-haul driver and $126 per short-haul driver, per year, in accident reduction savings.
  • Decreased Fuel Costs. The ability to monitor excessive idle times enables fleets to incentivize drivers that increase fuel efficiency.
  • Reduced Downtime. ELD users reported a 13% improvement in vehicle utilization according to studies by the Aberdeen Group.
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ELD Mandate: Impact On Drivers

As expected, the impending ELD mandate has been met by plenty of pushback from professional Drivers, who fear the new regulation will result in increased Driver harassment.

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA), which represents over 160,000 professional Drivers and actively works to affect state and federal legislation, has already petitioned the federal courts to block the mandate.

“This regulation is absolutely the most outrageous intrusion into the rights of professional truckers imaginable and will do nothing at all to improve highway safety,” said OOIDA President and CEO Jim Johnston. “In fact, we firmly believe it will do exactly the opposite by placing even more pressure and stress on Drivers than they already deal with.”

 

An ELD screenshot from a Driver's perspective.

While there is potential for carriers to abuse the power of ELDs and force Drivers to run when it isn’t safe, it is important for all stakeholders, including Drivers, to understand the power these devices have to be efficiency tools, increasing Drivers’ earning potential and pushing our industry forward.

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Tagged with: Canadian Trucking, Business, trucking regulation, Trucking, Bison Transport, ELD Mandate, Safety, Technology, ELDs, Careers, E-logs

#TellBisonWhatDrivesYou: What We Learned

In 2013, our Corporate Marketing team launched a driver motivation survey at Bison. But our goal wasn’t to find out whether professional drivers were motivated or not, instead we wanted to find out specifically what motivated them and how they chose a carrier to drive with.

We have now surveyed over 1,000 drivers and learned some interesting things. For one, the majority of drivers chose their career path due to the earning potential. Secondly, we found that our safety programs, policies and reputation were among the top reasons Drivers chose Bison. That made a lot of sense since Bison is North America's Safest Fleet.

In an effort to extend our fact-finding mission beyond Bison, we created the #TellBisonWhatDrivesYou campaign on Facebook. This campaign would give professional Drivers – both with Bison and other fleets – the opportunity to share what drives them day in and day out.

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Tagged with: #TellBisonWhatDrivesYou, Career, Facebook, Bison, motivation, Business, what drives you, Bison Transport, Culture, Canada, Safety, Transportation, Road Stories

#TellBisonWhatDrivesYou: What We Learned

In 2013, our Corporate Marketing team launched a driver motivation survey at Bison. But our goal wasn’t to find out whether professional drivers were motivated or not, instead we wanted to find out specifically what motivated them and how they chose a carrier to drive with.

We have now surveyed over 1,000 drivers and learned some interesting things. For one, the majority of drivers chose their career path due to the earning potential. Secondly, we found that our safety programs, policies and reputation were among the top reasons Drivers chose Bison. That made a lot of sense since Bison is North America's Safest Fleet.

In an effort to extend our fact-finding mission beyond Bison, we created the #TellBisonWhatDrivesYou campaign on Facebook. This campaign would give professional Drivers – both with Bison and other fleets – the opportunity to share what drives them day in and day out.

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Tagged with: #TellBisonWhatDrivesYou, Career, Facebook, Bison, motivation, Business, what drives you, Bison Transport, Culture, Canada, Safety, Transportation, Road Stories

ELD Mandate: Pesky Compliance Device or Efficiency Creation Tool?

The recent electronic logging device (ELD) mandate in the United States has sent ripples through the North American trucking industry, as drivers and carriers alike are upset with the ruling, arguing that it will, in fact, hinder driver safety and lead the industry to be less efficient.

The argument from drivers is that carriers will abuse the power of being able to know exactly how long their drivers have been on the road, forcing them to run their maximum hours of service even if a driver is feeling tired or unsafe on the road.

Carriers, on the other hand, argue that it will reduce efficiency as drivers will be unable to “turn off the clock” while waiting for loads and be prevented from maximizing their daily mileage. And what happens if a driver is just a few miles from his destination and runs out of hours? Are we really going to force him to pull over for the night?

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