The Ultimate Guide to ELD and Hours of Service

Super Dispatch has been writing about the ELD mandate for over a year now to help our customers prepare. But now as the ELD mandate has officially been enacted, we took the time to dig deep into the regulations. Now we have all the information you need to know about the Electronic Logging Device Mandate and Hours of Service from the FMCSA!

Truckers are still processing all the nuances of the ELD Mandate that officially came into effect December of 2017. Super Dispatch has noticed a lot of questions coming through the Support Chat Window about this mandate, and we want to address the confusion. Over the next few weeks, we will address some of those questions in a series of videos. Through this post and the accompanying videos, we will cover:

  1. the ELD definition
  2. Hours of Service rules
  3. ELD mandate exemption
  4. Rules for exempt drivers
  5. Elog Device requirements
  6. Super Dispatch’s tips for buying Elog devices
  7. How to use an Elog Device properly while driving
  8. What ELD data transfer means and how to do it
  9. Super Dispatch’s tips for using Elog devices
  10. The common controversies surrounding ELD and HoS
  11. History and future of the Elog and HoS debate

There are a lot of nuances to this mandate, and we will be updating this post with more videos, helpful checklists and tips.

Definition and Rules

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Definition and Hours of Service rules

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICE DEFINITION

OFFICIALLY: “Electronic hardware that is attached to a commercial motor vehicle engine to record driving hours. The driving hours of commercial drivers (truck and bus drivers) are regulated by a set of rules known as the hours of service (HOS).”

TRANSLATION: An electronic device that plugs into a commercial semi-truck engine to automatically record when the truck is running or not. The device forces a commercial semi-truck driver to automatically record the hours he is driving his truck (in accordance with the FMCSA Hours of Service to which all commercial drivers must adhere.) Because HoS affects the ELD mandate, we have defined the Hours of Service rules below:

HOURS OF SERVICE RULES

(according the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

  • 11 in 14 hours rule:
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    Official FMSCA HoS rules, from fmcsa.org

    According to the FMCSA website, a commercial driver can only be ON DUTY for a maximum of 14 hours after his required 10 consecutive hours OFF DUTY. (Drivers regulated by the Hours of Service regulations must take 10 consecutive hours OFF DUTY after every work day.) Within that 14 hours, he may drive his vehicle for a maximum of 11 hours. The 14 hour “ON DUTY” clock does not stop ticking. The 11 hour DRIVING clock can start and stop whenever necessary.

  • 70 hours in 8 days rule:
    truckers are not allowed to drive more than 70 hours in 8 days FMCSA Super Dispatch ELD mandate

    Screengrab from the FMCSA website.

    This rule requires that drivers can not be ON DUTY more than 70 hours in 8 consecutive days. This rule combined with the 11 /14 hour rule means that a driver could potentially be forced to wait days at a time, so as not to work too many consecutive hours. This is why, after much debate, the FMCSA decided on the…

  • 34 hour restart rule: This is a rule that allows a driver to “restart” his 8 day clock. For instance, if a driver has been ON DUTY a full 14 hours each day, Monday – Friday, he would have to wait 72 hours until he could legally drive again. The 34 hour restart rule cuts that wait time in half.
  • 30 minute break in 8 hour rule:

    FMCSA 30 minute break rule does not apply to short haul drivers.

    For the first 8 hours of his 11 hour DRIVING window, a driver must take a 30 minute break. It doesn’t matter when he takes the 30 minute break, as long as it falls within the first 8 hours of driving.

ELD EXEMPTIONS

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In this section, we are going to get into everyone’s favorite question on the ELD mandate – AM I EXEMPT? Few exemptions apply to commercial car haulers, but we will outline here the exact parameters of these exemptions. Exempt drivers fall into two categories: HoS exempt or ELD exempt. Short Haul and Agricultural drivers are Hours of Service exempt, while older vehicles and towaway services are only ELD exempt.

LIST OF EXEMPTIONS:

  • Short haul (also known as the Time Card Exemption or the 100 air mile exemption): When a commercial driver operates within a 100 or 150 air mile radius. (CDL required drivers have a maximum of 100 air miles while NON-CDL required drivers have a 150 air mile maximum.) In addition to this requirement, the driver must meet a few more:
    – Start and return to same location during operating time

    • Drive no more than 11 hours
    • Have ten consecutive hours off between shifts
    • Operate no more than 12 hour days

If you meet these requirements, you do not need to record your Hours of Service using a federally mandated Electronic Logging Device. IN FACT, you do not need to record HoS AT ALL. You do need to use “time records” to prove (during random compliance checks) that you consistently fall within this exemption category.

  • Agricultural exemption: Like Short Haul, Agricultural drivers that operate in a 150 air mile radius are not required to log Hours of Service at all, and only need to record a time record. Because agricultural exemptions rarely affect car haulers, we will not cover this topic in depth. FMCSA has a short PDF that covers the specifics better than we ever could.
  • Recreational: This is for drivers that operate large trailers recreationally rather than commercially. This definitely does not fall under the work our customers do, so we will also not go in depth here.
  • Pre-2000 engines: Trucks with engines older than the millenium (2000) are not required to record Hours of Service using an electronic logging device. Sometimes, engines will not match the model year on the VIN (this disparity happens when an engine is rebuilt using a “glider kit.”) Drivers must remember that this requirement applies to the engine, not the VIN. Engines need to have electronic control modules to connect to ELDs.
  • Driveaway/Towaway service: If you are operating a towaway service (driving multiple personal vehicles) it’s impractical to install an ELD in your constantly changing workspace.

FAQ

What are air miles?

Think of air miles in flight terms: Air miles are the straight line from Point A to Point B, as opposed to the literal distance it would take someone to travel from Point A to Point B.

E.g. Houston to Austin, TX is about 165 miles in road miles, whereas it is only 145 in air miles.

How do I calculate air miles?

Here is a handy air mile calculator that you can use to estimate.

What if I occasionally exceed the 12 hour rule or other parameters of the exemption?

That’s okay – FMCSA knows that short haul drivers do not drive short distances all the time. If you do not exceed these parameters more than 8 out of every 30 days then you are still exempt. 30 days means every 30 day period, not every month (i.e. May 15 – June 15 is a 30 day period.)

How do I record my drive time on days I exceed the exemption?

As long as you don’t exceed the exemption for 8 out of 30 days, you must record your

What is a time record and how is it different from RODS?

A time record is a simpler version of a RODS. It is not an official legal document and can be recorded in any format. These are the elements a time record (or “time card”) should have:

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(A) The time the driver reports for duty each day;

(B) The total number of hours the driver is on duty each day;

(C) The time the driver is released from duty each day; and

(D) The total time for the preceding 7 days in accordance with 395.8(j)(2) for drivers used for the first time or intermittently.

To be safe, we suggest you follow this format (or print off this form and use it.)

You are not required to produce any sort of proof that you record this information at the roadside, unlike with RODS.

Do you want a little more information? Head over to the ELD and ELD Exempt FAQ post, where we expanded on the subject!
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RULES FOR HoS and ELD exempt drivers

ELD exempt drivers fall into two categories: Hours of Service Exempt and simply ELD exempt. What does that mean though? We helped you out with this short explainer video and text:

Hours of Service exempt drivers: requirements

Hours of Service exempt drivers do not need to adhere to the paper log requirement that most do. These drivers do have to keep “time records” to prove that they are indeed Hours of Service exempt as we explained earlier in this post.

“Time records” are not specific legal documents like RODS, and can vary in format. Both CDL required and NON CDL required drivers are required to record in this manner. These are the only specifications for time records:

As per 395.1, the only thing that has to be done is that the motor carrier must maintain and retain for a period of 6 months accurate and true time records showing:

(A) The time the driver reports for duty each day;

(B) The total number of hours the driver is on duty each day;

(C) The time the driver is released from duty each day; and

(D) The total time for the preceding 7 days in accordance with 395.8(j)(2) for drivers used for the first time or intermittently.

The driver must return to the place he started within 12 hours.  This is all determined on investigation or a compliance review.

Drivers must record these time records daily, but are not required to produce them at roadside.

ELD only exempt drivers: requirements

This is the simplest one: if you are an ELD exempt driver, you just need to record to your logs as usual, within the Hours of Service mandate that we covered in the first section of this post. Unlike HoS exempt drivers, your hours of service must be on an official Hours of Service log.

ELD and HoS EXEMPT RULES: FAQ

Super Dispatch asked the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (the group responsible for International Roadcheck) and a Safety Investigator at the Missouri Division of the US Department of Transportation about the specifics of a few of these rules:

[HoS] Do I need to produce these time records at roadside inspection?

“Nothing, other than the drivers statement that he is operating within the 100 miles has to be produced at the side of the road. The only time a driver must produce something at roadside is when he is required to keep a RODS in some form,” said Kerri Wirachowsky, Director of Roadside Inspection Program at the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance. The safety investigator at the DoT agreed on this point.

[HoS] Do I have to keep these records on paper?

No, as long as the sections in 395.1 are recorded in some way, the format does not matter.

[HoS or ELD] Can I record in electronic programs, such as the Super Dispatch Hours of Service recording feature?

The simple answer is yes, as long as you are recording accurately, electronic recording software (that is not an ELD) is compliant. But, if you are pulled over at roadside and you must be able to produce physical records that you can sign and hand over to a DoT officer.

[HoS or ELD] Can I email my electronically recorded logs at roadside inspection?

If you do not have an ABORD (the electronic recording system that was grandfathered in to the ELD mandate for another year) you can not email or show an electronic PDF of your logs, they must be able to be printed.
This means that you either need a printer on board that can connect to your phone, or you need to record on paper for the time being.

We at Super Dispatch prefer the permanence of electronic records. They don’t feel as permanent as paper, but they are easier to keep and carry with you everywhere. Thus, our official suggestion is to log your hours electronically and keep 7 days worth of paper logs on hand in case of inspection.

ELD REQUIREMENTS

Have you seen the ELD requirement checklist on the FMCSA website? Though it’s a helpful tool, the language is pretty daunting:

ELD_requirements_checklist

We want to break this down for you. So here are 7 considerations you need to make when purchasing an ELD:

  1. The Device itself
  2. Account management
  3. The Duty Status management
  4. Location recording features
  5. Data transferring features
  6. Display features
  7. Legal certification features

THE DEVICE:

Currently there are two choices on the market for ELog devices. The first is a standalone device that has an attachment thatSuper Dispatch, Electronic Logging Device, car haulers, auto transporters plugs into your engine as well as a visible display with RODS controls.

The second choice is a device that plugs into your engine and connects (usually via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi or a physical plug) to a secondary device, such as your phone.

ACCOUNT MANAGEMENT

This sounds innocuous, but it’s very important. For company drivers, ELD’s need to have multiple accounts – one Driver and one Administrator. Drivers can make (legal) edits to their RODS on the ELD, while an Administrator can only suggest edits. Why? To save drivers from harassment.

DUTY STATUS MANAGEMENT

Like RODS, Electronic Logging Devices are required to record date, time, location, engine hours, vehicle miles and the identity of the Driver. To stay consistent across all devices, they are all also required to use Coordinated Universal Time (UTC.) UTC and RODS must be recorded at a minimum of 60 minute intervals.

From the FMCSA, these are the only recognized status categories an electronic logging device:

What are the record of duty status required by FMCSA?

LOCATION RECORDS

Like RODS, you are required to record the nearest mile marker of your duty status, so your device has to be accurate within a 1 mile radius at the point of all status changes.  When in personal use, these requirements loosen to a 10 mile radius.

But because OTR work can mean spotty internet access, Elog manufacturers have to have a way to GPS track their devices when the internet is not available. Mostly this means that Drivers are allowed to edit their location records to make them more accurate after going OFF-DUTY.

DATA TRANSFER

Just like a paper Record of Duty Status, you need to be able to produce your RODS for a DoT officer. But you are not required to print it out. An ELD can have two different transfer methods: local transfer or telematics Local data transfer can be done using Bluetooth or a USB. Telematics can be done via email or “web services.” The ELD you buy will have one or the other.

The FMCSA explained it better than we ever could through this graphic:

ELD Data Transfer requirements FMCSA ELD Data Transfer requirements FMCSA

DISPLAY FEATURES

The legal requirements for the display of an ELD is meant to mimic a traditional RODS paper. A Driver must be able to view the RODS grid and/or recreate it in printable form on demand.

To keep from interrupting the driver, it also is required to have internal volume control (including mute.)

LEGAL CERTIFICATION FEATURES

This simply means you must be able to verify your logs in three ways:

  • Place for driver signature on RODS
  • Log verification
  • Edit verification

This was a brief break down of what the legalese on the FMCSA website actually means. Next week, we are going to get into our tips for buying ELDs and a checklist of questions you need to ask when buying.

ELD Buying Tips

Now it’s come to the buying portion of the ELD mandate. What do you do now that you know everything about the ELD? I sat down with my colleague and ELD Product Manager Mike to talk more about it.

I also have a more comprehensive post called Top 5 Questions To Ask a Salesperson When Buying an ELD. When you read it, also make sure to download our PDF Question Guide!

Do you have more questions? Let us know!

COMING UP:

HOW TO USE while driving

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International Roadcheck Inspection is June 5 – 7 this year!

International Roadcheck CVSA ELD and hours of service compliance

The CVSA works with the DoT and the FMCSA to conduct International Roadcheck Inspections once a year.

Gear up or check out: International Roadcheck Inspection is June 5 – 7 this year!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA,) the Department of Transportation (DoT,) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) run the International Roadcheck every year in the first week of June.

DoT officers conduct Level 1 Inspections on random carriers for DoT compliance as they travel across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The CVSA says that 32 percent of drivers were placed out-of-service during 2017’s inspections due to Hours of Service violations. Because of that, inspections for 2018 will focus on Hours of Service and ELD compliance.

Many drivers across forums and Facebook groups claim that they skip “DoT week” every year. Truckers on forums plan to take vacation or plan for a three-day break at home this year, as well.
But if you aren’t in that group, we want to help you prepare.

What does “focusing on Hours of Service and ELD Compliance” mean?dispatch BOL Super Dispatch car hauler

For this story, Super Dispatch spoke with the CVSA and some Owner Operators. SD asked the CVSA Director of Roadside Inspection, Kerri Wirachowsky how CVSA plans to “focus” on ELD compliance if all carriers are required to have Elog devices since April 1st.

“Make sure that drivers know what type of record of duty status they are keeping,” Wirachowsky says. “What we are finding is that a driver knows that he’s got an electronic device, but he doesn’t know if he has an electronic logging device, a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, if he has a paper log, is he allowed to be using a paper log, and does he know why he can still do a paper log because there are some exemptions…so that is the sort of information we want to focus on with the driver.

Many drivers equate the CVSA “focus” to be a crackdown of rule enforcement. Wirachowsky says that enforcement is part of the blitz. But she says that the actual purpose of a “focus” for International Roadcheck is to focus on a topic for the drivers and industry. Wirachowsky says that CVSA creates educational flyers and hands them out during the initiative.

“They’re still going to be inspected to ensure they are not over the hours of service rules, no different than how they would be checked at any other time or in previous years when we focused on brakes or cargo securement.” Wirachowsky says. “But every year we trying to give out educational material and focus with the driver on something specific, so this year it’s hours-of-service rules.”

How to prepare for Roadcheck:

  1. Proper Trip Inspection before leaving

    • “If you aren’t compliant out there, you’re going to get a violation eventually. It’s just a law of numbers, it’s just going to happen… You are supposed to be compliant all the time. So you should always be prepared to go through a DoT inspection.” – Mark Guinn – Super Dispatch customer and Owner Operator of El Porico Logistics – says. “
  2. Minimal paperwork

    • ““Make sure it’s neat. Make sure you don’t have several expired registrations, insurance cards and other documents…… only carry what you need.” – Wirachowsky
  3. Know your ELD

    • “There are well over 150 electronic logging devices registered on the FMCSA’s website now. The driver only needs to understand how to use the one he has. Inspectors are never going to understand all the intricacies of every device. So when the vehicle is stopped for inspection, and the driver has no idea how to show the inspector his records of duty status and/or transfer files and do all the things that are required of the driver, it doesn’t go well…don’t leave it up to the inspector to try and figure it out.” – Wirachowsky
  4. Most importantly: be patient.

    • “Try to be patient and be get along with the inspector and listen to what the inspector wants you to do. Stay in your truck, provide the necessary paperwork and operate the controls. If the driver does that, and there are no issues with the driver or the vehicle, they’re through it in about 40 minutes, hopefully, with a clean inspection and CVSA decal(s) applied to the vehicle(s).” – Wirachowsky

 

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Why are there over 50,000 loads on Central Dispatch right now?

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As of the last week of April, the largest car hauling load board Central Dispatch, surpassed 54,000 load offers. Spring is usually a busy time for trucking, especially car hauling, but 54,000 is quite a bit higher than the average. In years past, Central Dispatch can range in load offers from 25,000 to 40,000 that sits on Central at any given time. So what gives? Why now?

Super Dispatch spoke with broker and owner of Easy Car Shipping David Mistzi as well as transporter and Owner Operator Ziggy Keller on their personal theories. David has been a broker for 14 years and Ziggy is an equally experienced transporter, as well as founder of the Independent Auto Transporter Alliance and the famous Facebook group Auto Transport Everything. Their views differ at times, but both agree that the cost of transporting cars in America has started to outweigh the load offer prices. Ziggy thinks that newcomers are being educated on the costs of being a transporter in recent years, and that is why low rates are staying on the boards longer. Here are some of the their theories:

“With the Elogs coming on, people believe they are responsible for 20% less capacity for those entering into the Elog market that weren’t previously in it”

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The letters on everyone’s lips are E. L. D. The ELD has slowed carriers down a lot, which leaves many loads left unclaimed on Central Dispatch.

“With the Elogs coming on, people believe they are responsible for 20% less capacity for those [truckers] that are entering into the Elog market that weren’t previously in it,” Ziggy said to Super Dispatch in an interview last Friday.

“The typical order has taken an extra 2-4 days to dispatch,” David said of his own brokerage business in California. With the new backlog on Central, David has started to warn customers shipping personal vehicles of the extra wait time. To solve his stagnant load offers, his brokerage has become more creative, even calling some carriers directly with offers.

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“Operating as a carrier has gone up considerably in the last few years, [more so] than the compensation.”

The Rising Costs of Being a Transporter

Truckers hauling vehicles one-by-one on Central Dispatch isn’t as profitable as it might have been a few years ago. Overall, the cost of operating a transporting business has gone up; gas is more expensive, insurance premiums are rising and the price of buying a trailer continues to rise, while wages fall stagnant.

“Overall, compensation has only trickled up,” David said of the transportation rates. “Versus the actual costs of operating. Operating as a carrier has gone up considerably in the last few years, [more so] than the compensation.”

This means that one-off loads won’t be picked up quickly. The added logistics of patchworking 3-8 single cars onto a trailer is no longer worth the low pay.

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The Economy is good

“There’s a lot more people willing to pay for the transport, versus driving from Point A to Point B,” David said, in a surprisingly positive spin. David theories that when the economy is in an upturn, more people are willing to pay for their cars to be hauled across the country.

In a similar vein, Ziggy attributes the competitive load prices that happen in Spring as one of the reasons he personally doesn’t look for loads on Central Dispatch. “Snowbirds” (customers who migrate south to a second home in the winter and then back again in the fall) are coming back north in the Spring and offering more competitive prices for car haulers than identical loads on Central Dispatch.

“If I have an opportunity to move a load from Florida to New York… and right now snowbirds are paying quite well, [brokers on] Central Dispatch still want to list [that type of load] at $300 a car…even at the height of the season when everyone is at capacity plus.” Ziggy said.

“I can’t drive my Chevy Malibu for 11 cents a mile! If you look on a mileage basis, what’s a car worth to move, if I drive my Chevy Malibu down to auction to rep my company, the IRS gives me a 53 cent per mile mileage deduction.”

The rates on Central Dispatch are too damn low!

In the end, both Ziggy and David think that the industry is not profitable enough for transporters to take the lowest rates on Central Dispatch. Besides the occasional one-off load, Central Dispatch is historically a place where newer owner operators find their first loads before establishing lasting and consistent business relationships with shippers or brokers. Inexperienced transporters and one-off load postings mean that the rates will naturally be lower than in other parts of the industry, but it seems that now the rates are too low for even beginner transporters.

“They are a load board, they aren’t the monitor, they’re just a place to list your cars. But until they weed out the abusive practices of some of the listers you know…” Ziggy said of Central Dispatch. “I mean 11 cents a mile you see on there [for some loads.] I can’t drive my Chevy Malibu for 11 cents a mile! If you look on a mileage basis, what’s a car worth to move, if I drive my Chevy Malibu down to auction to rep my company, the IRS gives me a 53 cent per mile mileage deduction. How can you possibly operate a 300,000 truck with freight at 11 cents a mile? You can’t.”

But why now?

The rates have been low for a while, but Ziggy thinks organizations like IATA and the Auto Haulers Association of America have been working on educating newer transporters on what it costs to operate, and that has changed how people interact with Central Dispatch and other load boards.

“When [transporters] can understand their cost per mile, then they can fairly market their own services. A lot of smaller companies don’t know what their cost per mile is, and until they know what that is, they won’t know how to price their own services,” Ziggy said.

At Ziggy’s suggestion, Super Dispatch took a look and compared the total available loads on Central Dispatch to the total available loads above .50 cents a mile. over 33,000 are above .50 cents a mile.

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What do you think? Does this prove loads are paying better or worse? Do you think .50 a mile is sufficient? Let us know in the comments.

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CarMax, United Road: Car Haulers Are Talking (And It’s Not Good)

CarMax: Nationwide Retailer Meets Largest Broker/Carrier

According to their Facebook page, CarMax is “the nation’s largest retailer of used cars” and their app lets you search “a nationwide inventory of over 35,000 used cars.” United Road maintains on their website that they are “leading the auto transport industry…with over three million deliveries each year.” If you multiply CarMax supply and growing customer demand, divided by United Road’s ability to offer lowest volume delivery pricing, that should equal a perfect match made in auto transport heaven, right? Plus, if you implement a centralized order management system that works better, faster and saves the end consumer money without compromising delivery time, then this thing’s a no-brainer, right?

“United Roads and RPM have started posting the Carmax orders…FOR FREAKING LESS THAN HALF WHAT autotransport.com posted before.” – ‘clara’

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CarMax and United Road: What Is The Contract?

United Road TransportersFor whatever reason, I couldn’t find any press release online confirming or detailing this new relationship, whereas usually big companies love to share this level of public information because it raises company value and customer confidence. Furthermore, a majority of car hauler businesses already know that these two industry giants are working together because they hear about it through the grapevine, they see the loads being posted online, and some owner-operators continue receiving emails for hard-to-move units. While the dates of when the contract between CarMax and United Road began are unclear, it was sometime in late 2015 or early 2016 when several carriers that once had a direct relationship with CarMax through their load website were suddenly canceled – including Autotransport.com. And curiously, RPM Freight Systems continues to be one of the few brokers still posting CarMax loads. Why (and how) is that the case? Car haulers want to know, “What is going on?”

Car Haulers Reject The Big Drop In CarMax Load Rates

Rates Going DownBut the biggest shock for independent car haulers across the nation is not the “why” but the “what?” – when they began seeing a nearly overnight drop in the United Road load rates for hauling CarMax cars posted to popular car hauler load boards. Until recently, transporters knew the average going rate to haul a single CarMax unit was at 50 cents per mile (although in large volume averaging 40+ cents per mile.) But now, most single CarMax units are being listed around 40 cents per mile (so you can imagine the dip in the volume rate.) Is this true, and how do we know? Yes, and we do know – because that’s what a lot of car hauler businesses are angry about and posting in an online forum at TruckersReport.com

“Anyone who thinks this is a positive change for our industry obviously hasn’t seen the rates. Nobody, no where at no time should be hauling cars for .35 a mile per car.” – ‘joeyg999’

What Car Haulers Are Saying About CarMax/United Road Deal

TruckersReport.com describes itself as an “active and growing community of truckers” and “the largest trucking forum” where hundreds (if not thousands) of truckers regularly voice their frustrations about the trucking industry. In June 2016, user ‘clara’ posted, “So last week we got emails from RPM and United Road that Carmax had contracted them for their moves. Autotransport.com is out…not sure why Carmax did that but doesn’t matter. United Roads and RPM have started posting the Carmax orders…FOR FREAKING LESS THAN HALF WHAT autotransport.com posted before. There’s no way in hell we’re ever booking something like that. It’s a shame, Carmax moves were always so easy.” ‘clara’ is not alone. ‘joeyg999’ wrote, “Anyone who thinks this is a positive change for our industry obviously hasn’t seen the rates. Nobody, no where at no time should be hauling cars for .35 a mile per car.” ‘BigGP’ says, “As far as United Road goes, the rates they are posting are cheap. But then again, CarMax was shopping for lower transport rates. If the cars do not move & Carmax realizes they are losing sales because cars are not available to a customer, the rates will have to go back up.”

Industry Rate Standoff: You’ve Gotta Know When To Hold ‘Em

Auto Transport Broker Carrier StandoffThe United States is a free market; CarMax and United Road aren’t breaking any laws. The problem is that in the auto transport industry, car hauler load board posted rates to haul cars are already low, and they just seem to keep getting lower. ‘Terry270’ illustrates a very common theme among transporters, “The thing is, if I knew that 45 cents was the lowest it would go I would consider it. But we all know if you say yes to 45 cents then next month they would be asking for 40 cents. I think I saw new Subaru’s on CD for 38cents!! So that’s where I have drawn my line and refuse to budge.” If you take the time to ask them, you’ll find out just how bad it really is. ‘Colorato’ posts, “I been home almost two weeks because I don’t see any loads worth the time. Can’t pay the bills like this.”

“If the cars do not move & Carmax realizes they are losing sales because cars are not available to a customer, the rates will have to go back up.” – ‘BigGP’

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Car Hauler Feedback: Don’t Kill The Messenger

CarMax Car Hauler FeedbackSpeaking for many truckers, ‘Kansas Transit’ sums it up: “We stopped hauling Carmax loads, cheap rates, ridiculous rules, and an app. that doesn’t seem to be compatible with our electronic devices, basically, they want you to jump through hoops for nothing, or in some cases, LESS than what you were making. Keep something in mind, EVERYONE is winning in this deal EXCEPT the transporter/driver, UR is going to save large amounts of green on cutting down or eliminating office workers hours, because of that app, the DRIVER is now their office worker, FOR FREE!!! Carmax wins because not only have they gotten cheaper rates, because of UR’s app they have better tracking ability of where their inventory is and real time notification of p/u and del. AGAIN, it is because of all of the extra work is done by the driver, so Carmax can probably cut the hours of their inventory location staff, money saved. But the driver, unless paid by the hour loses miles and time over the deal, the transport company loses miles and time over the deal, not sure about any one else, but in my world TIME is still MONEY!!!! I can see the reason in this business for real time info on vehicle location/moves, I have NO issues with the concept, but if the driver/company is now also the shippers secretary, then rates need to go UP, not DOWN!!! Sorry for the rant, but somebody had to say it.”

Whether you are a fleet owner, dispatcher, owner operator or broker, what do you think about this recent deal? Does it affect your car hauler business? Does the United Road app make your job easier? Your voice matters and people are listening. What do you have to say?

— Super Jay

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OOIDA vs. FMCSA – Is This The Biggest Legal Battle In Trucking History?

Trucking Industry Main Event: OOIDA vs. FMCSA

For years, the FMCSA has contended that truck drivers should no longer be able to manually enter their own hours of service and duty status into their daily driving logs, and instead, that an electronic device automatically captures this data every time that trucker steps foot inside of his or her commercial motor vehicle. While this may sound like the perfect solution for a manager supervising efficiency, this ‘additionally pervasive regulation’ poses serious questions and conflicts of interest with respect to an individual’s privacy rights, their exposure to workplace harassment, and a sobering vagueness relating to constitutional Fourth Amendment enforcement of search and seizure laws.

Electronic Logging DeviceAs a result, oral arguments are set to be heard on September 13th in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of a Petitioner’s Brief that has been filed by a prominent Washington D.C. law firm on behalf of the OOIDA and its approximate 157,000 members. To be sure, lawyers for the OOIDA will remind the panel of three judges that it was only five years ago when this very same court struck down a previous effort by the FMCSA to advance their proposed “ELD” law 49 U.S.C. 31137 toward final approval. And even though Congress has directed the Secretary of Transportation to prescribe these new electronic regulations, the FMCSA has yet to successfully execute that federal mandate.

…this ‘additionally pervasive regulation’ poses serious questions and conflicts of interest with respect to an individual’s privacy rights…

What Happens If A Law Is Enacted Requiring Live Recording Of Location And Activity Of All Commercial Truck Drivers 24/7?

Put yourself in their shoes. From now on, what if every time you got into a vehicle and turned the ignition key a facial recognition dash cam recorder turned on? And then a screen gave you a drop down menu from which you were to pick whether you are working, having personal time, or resting. No big deal, right? Productivity and safety first!

We The PeopleBut what happens when you choose “on-duty,” you’re driving down the road, then a sudden family emergency arises, you’re trying to handle it, but then you get pulled over by an officer because your route and stress levels were showing up as irregular. And then while he’s questioning you on whether you’re still “on-duty” or “enjoying personal conveyance,” your boss calls and asks you why you “stopped driving” and “what’s going on?” And then you receive an alert that this entire event will stay on your permanent driving record. Oh, how did it all go so wrong?!

It’s what some refer to as a “Brave New World” where “Big Brother” is always looking over your shoulder. Is that a genuine concern, or are some people just being paranoid? You are welcome to download and read the entire OOIDA vs. FMCSA Petitioner’s Brief HERE. It’s a 69-page legal document outlining the case background, previous case law, legal arguments, and some of the serious consequences at stake. After all, there is no question that new laws of this caliber have great potential to infringe upon individuals. The question is: how far are we willing to let them go in the name of safety and efficiency?

It’s what some refer to as a “Brave New World” where “Big Brother” is always looking over your shoulder.

For more information, you can visit the OOIDA Foundation website or OOIDA.com and please feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what you think. Thanks, and keep on trucking.

– Super Jay

10.17.18 UPDATE: we have some new posts related to the ELD and car hauling industry for car haulers that are still new owner operators, dispatchers or fleet drivers. Check it out!

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