Fuel for Thought
‘Twas the week before Christmas
‘Twas the week before Christmas,
In the year ‘17,
I will not comply, not even one ping.
I fought and I rallied, but to no avail,
This driver is gone, I will not be trailed.
Some call me an outlaw, but I am not,
Keep your elogs, I am not a robot.
I may still drive local, without an elog,
But I will not be leashed, as if I'm a dog.
I can make my trips on paper, but not ELD,
My paper logs are accurate and true, honestly.
This is total B.S., taking my job,
I'm a safe driver, I only “fudged” on my logs.
I refuse to change, as technology evolves,
We even rallied, but it did not resolve.
But I will exclaim, as you drive out of sight,
I will not be tracked and will not quit the fight.
Whether you agree or disagree with the ELD mandate, it really comes down to a business decision. Whatever route you have decided to take (comply, quit, retire,work local, etc.), you will find there are laws, rules and policies that dictate every form of work, not just trucking. Change is constant. Laws will change, businesses will grow or die. If you have chosen to find a new line of work, best of luck to you. If you have decided your best course of action is to buy an old enough truck to be exempt, currently it is just a brief delay until you will also need to comply, I hope the investment pays off for you. Making business decisions to try to circumvent certain rules, just seems to make your job harder and your business more difficult to grow. For all those resistant to the ELD mandate, many of these same arguments took place in the early 90s over the “New” CDL requirements and many, if not most drivers, survived and thrived. It is all in the adjustments.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!
See you down the road,