70 Percent of Independent Drivers Ready to Leave the Industry Because of ELDs

Published: Apr 24, 2014

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The results of a new survey shows that a large number of drivers “are threatening to leave the industry if the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s proposed ELD mandate comes to fruition, which could be as early as 2016.”

The survey found that 70 percent of the surveyed independent truckers are prepared to quit their jobs if the proposal is adopted. On top of that, 52 percent of “leased owner-operators and company drivers” will also do it in that scenario.

According to the president of the Transportation Business Associates, it is not clear how firm the respondents’ decision are, but he expects that the move would force some drivers into early retirement. Practice shows that drivers usually become more tolerant of ELDs once they start using them.

The issue, according to some industry experts, is not in the ELDs by themselves, but rather in “the piling-on effect for drivers, with the proposed mandate coming less than a year after restrictive hours rule changes that drivers say hurt their miles and pay.“

Read the full article in the Commercial Carrier Journal.

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Victor Lance is the founder and president of Lance Surety Bond Associates, Inc. He began his career as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving two combat tours. As president of Lance Surety, he now focuses on educating and assisting small businesses throughout the country with various license and bond requirements. Victor graduated from Villanova University with a degree in Business Administration and holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business.