Electronic Logs and the Future

So which one is the real problem? Electronic logs or Hours of Service? 

Hint: It's not e-logs.

The Hours of Service requirements placed on the Transportation Industry by the Federal Government nearly 100 years ago are no different that any other Federal rule. Laws. rules, and regulations have no effect on human behavior. The existence of the statute only provides an opportunity for government or some other authority to punish someone AFTER an injury has occurred. In other words, if someone acts irresponsibly behind the wheel of a commercial motor vehicle, the government can punish them. It's right there in black and white. "You caused someone harm or injury, and it says right here on this piece of paper we voted on that you shouldn't have done that, so here's your punishment." 

E-logs are a symptom, not a problem. An electronic log is just a device that does a more effective and efficient job of tracking someone's movements than a paper logbook does. "Well, I don't want to be tracked!" Tough. You are being tracked and have been tracked by your cell phone, your debit card, you toll receipts, your PrePass, and on and on. Any belief that you have autonomy because you're on a paper log is detachment from reality. 

So what do we do? Protest? Run for office? Disobey? Cooperate? Lobby to change the rules? That's an individual issue that has to be answered by the individual.

What did I do? I found ways to succeed in spite of the rules and the device. I chose to be an owner/operator. I chose to find a way to still make my living and not be hampered by meaningless rules that only exist to benefit the people writing and passing them. 

What should you do? Unfortunately, I can't answer that. What I can tell you is that you still have control over you and your life. The implementation of an electronic device will only cause you problems if you allow it. There are an abundant number of niches inside the industry where you can specialize yourself in a way that you will make enough money to offset any encumbrance you experience from an E-log.

Go find the place in the industry that fits with the talents and interests you were born with, Maybe it's being an owner/operator, but maybe it's not. The bottom line though is that this device can't hurt you. It's just another speed bump you have to navigate your way around.

Posted on December 6, 2016 and filed under Trucking, owner operator, business, life.