In 2018 we wrote an article titled, “ELD Mandate Can Undo Trump’s Work to Reinvigorate U.S. Economy.” In that article we outlined the issues impacting the trucking and logistics industries as a result of “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century,” also known as MAPS 21. At the time we warned that the result would be inflation. Now, just a few years later, here we are in the midst of the worst inflation in recent history—7% to be exact, which is the highest since 1982. This is largely being driven by cumbersome regulations at the federal and state level.
In addition to the federally enacted ELD mandate, several California state trucking laws are also impacting the trucking industry nationwide.
The Real Factors Impacting Our Supply Chain: Egregious Regulations which Make Truck Driving Unappealing
Statistics show that only 16% of truck/passenger vehicle accidents are the fault of the truck driver. Nevertheless, the requirement for electronic logging devices (ELDs) was implemented in December 2017, largely under the premise of safety, with a focus on reducing driver fatigue.
The devices replaced handwritten paper logbooks that had been used by the trucking industry for over 80 years. In addition to tracking hours of driving, ELDs collect data on vehicle speed, routes,