The best ELD devices should be easy to setup, use, and configure. I think, as we get closer to the date and shippers begin to realize that there are a large percentage of carriers or a large number of trucks that are not ready to cross the border or operate in the U.S., there will be more sensitivity to it.
But, yeah, I think there’s less readiness maybe than the shipper industry thinks, and there’s some work to do.
Are there…you know, will there be any impact to current supply chains?
I don’t see that changing because the rules are the rules, and if you’re running compliant now, then that won’t change at all.
The only difference is that, you know, it’s gonna be monitored better from an enforcement standpoint.
I think that, for us, that’s the real…we’re excited about this change, not because it changes the regulations or the need to be compliant, but that it makes enforcement a little bit easier.
And so, if someone is not currently operating under the rules, then it will be easier to tell at roadside inspection or at a weigh scale.
And so, we really see this as a leveling up the playing field, to say that more carriers, all carriers will be operating or carrying loads under the same enforcement.
Mandate, first, in terms of compliance, hours of service compliance, but then the same level of enforcement, which for fleets that are ready and are using ELDs well, that’s a benefit.
And how long does it typically take for a carrier, you know, if they haven’t even started today, what is reasonable in terms of a timeline for them to be able to get started and have it fully implemented?
The first would be if you’re an existing customer already that has the technology in the truck, then really, electronic logs is just an application that we enable on the fleet, and then we train drivers as we move forward.
A fleet that hasn’t been using any device at all in the truck can simply, you know, add the hardware to the vehicle, and then the training takes place.
A typical time frame for an existing customer or even a new customer, most fleets will start with a group of drivers.
We wouldn’t take a fleet, for instance, of Bison, the 1400 trucks, and say, “We’re turning the switch on tomorrow. You’re gonna turn on 1400 drivers.” It would just be chaos.
But normally, we typically will do a group of drivers. So, fleets will start off with 10 drivers, and those 10 drivers will then start talking about how it’s helping their lives because…for there’s always a few drivers that were scared how it’s gonna affect.
And then the next group of drivers, and suddenly, it spirals from there. And the input or the impact in the industry now is that it’s really saving time. It’s improving their quality of life. Drivers are adopting technology very, very well. But it is a learning process.
It is something totally new, and there’s always gonna be some fear. But we are finding that drivers now would never go back to using paper.