18 Oct Schneider National to pilot digital logbooks
MILWAUKEE – Schneider National Inc. will begin tracking the work hours of its 13,270 drivers electronically, a significant move in what could turn into a more general shift away from the trucking industry’s much-derided paper logbooks according to an article in the Journal Serntinel.
The shift to the electronic system will initially be voluntarily and is intended to increase efficiency and reduce accidents.
This initiative could conceivably become mandatory via a government mandate. The potential regulatory change could push trucking firms to adopt the technology. Many in the industry believe the days of paper logbooks, which safety advocates say are easily falsified and allow truckers to violate rules on how long they may drive, are numbered.