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Small trucking companies not taking to e-logs as quickly

There are many ways that small trucking companies can differ from large trucking companies. This includes matters regarding records. For one, companies of differing sizes can vary considerably in the amount of records they have overall. They can also differ in their record-keeping practices, including their practices regarding driver logs.

For example, small trucking firms have not been as quick to incorporate electronic logging devices into their operations as large companies, according to a recent survey. There is a federal regulation in place that will mandate the use of electronic trucker logs.

In the survey, over 400 trucking companies were polled about what level of implementation they have done regarding e-logs. Of the large firms (those with over 250 trucks) surveyed, over three-fourths (81 percent) reported having fully made the switch to e-logs. Meanwhile, only around a third of the small firms (those with fewer than 250 trucks) surveyed said they have made this complete switch.

Why do you think small firms have been slower in making the switch? What trends do you think will happen with e-logs when it comes to small trucking companies in the next few months?

The record-related differences that can be present with small trucking firms are among the things can pose unique issues when a truck accident case involves a truck that belongs to a smaller company. This is because gathering and reviewing records is often a key part of pursuing injury claims related to truck accidents. Experienced truck accident lawyers can help truck crash victims when special issues come up in relation to injury claims they are bringing, such as unique issues related to the size of the truck company involved in the crash.

Source: Fleet Owner, “Small carriers slow to adopt ELDs, survey finds,” Kevin Jones, Sept. 15, 2016

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