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ELD Mandate Meets Reality


Soon after the electronic logging device mandate took effect Dec. 18, Kris Santoianni and his ELD-exempt unit crossed a scale on Interstate 94 in Lakeland, Minnesota. He was pulled back for an inspection of his 315-inch-wheelbase 1999 Peterbilt 379 that he passed with flying colors.

At the scale counter, he overheard a driver telling the other scale master, “I know it says I was in violation, but I had to find a safe place to park! Do you want me to sleep in the center lane?! The truck stops were full! These computers have no idea what is going on! This is ridiculous!”

“E-logs will cure everything, right?” quips Santoianni, who’s leased to Nelson Truck Lines of Manitowoc, Wisconsin. His sarcastic refrain is common among truckers and, believe it or not, some in law enforcement.

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