November 10, 2014
As I see it, if more people in this industry would realize what they are worth and refuse to sell themselves short, shippers and brokers would have to pay a fair (better) rate to get their freight moved. Otherwise, they will continue to drop like flies.
I saw an article from a trucking publication that came out last week with a very inaccurate headline. To come right out in the headline and blame the implementation of e-logs is a bit off-base.... especially when there were other factors that- on a far larger scale- fueled the demise of a once great and well-respected company.
Many drivers have actually seen the BENEFITS of e-logs over the last few years- including me. W-2 earnings over the last several years can tell the real story.
I'm not assuming that this was the case with Fikes- the company mentioned in the article- but if anyone fears that they are doomed if they are forced into operating in compliance, then they have been set up for failure by their own bad business decisions.
The implementation of e-logs may be expensive at first- but they are likely to pay for themselves when they serve as legal proof that a truck involved in an accident was not being operated by a driver who was in violation of the Hours of Service Regulations.
Any experienced driver knows that logbooks and other items are likely to be checked over whenever a truck is involved in an accident- regardless of who is at fault. If something is not right, they are DONE.
I was once accused of being involved in an injury accident over 13 years ago- but it was found through Qualcomm location records that my truck was over 100 miles away at the time of the occurrence. Of course, I also allowed for my truck to be inspected and there was no signs of any accident-related damage or cosmetic repairs.
Technology saved me in that case- eliminating the "He said, she said" nonsense and that kept me from being sued for everything I have worked hard for over the years.
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