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May 18, 2017 3:00 PM, EDT
More Than Half of Drivers Still Aren't ELD-Compliant, ONE20 Survey Finds
TA and Petro Stopping Centers Rated Best Travel Center
Gary Kicinski/Transport Topics

With six months to go before the government-mandated electronic logging device rule takes effect for most commercial truck drivers, a survey of drivers finds that fewer than half are ELD-compliant.

ONE20, a membership organization created for professional truck drivers, issued the results May 17 in its inaugural TopONE20 report, based on the participation of more than 3,000 drivers. According to the survey, 57% of drivers aren't currently using an ELD.

Nearly all carriers whose drivers currently are required to keep paper logs to record their hours of service will need to install ELDs in their trucks by Dec. 18, 2017. 

The survey also probed drivers' insights on travel centers, technology usage, spending habits and leisure preferences.

TA and Petro Stopping Centers was voted Most Preferred Travel Center Chain, receiving “best in class” votes for best parking, cleanest facilities (including nicest showers) and best restaurants.

"We are extremely pleased but not surprised with these results. When professional drivers have independent means to vote for their favorite truck stops and those that offer the best amenities and services, TA and Petro Stopping Centers come out on top,” said Tom Liutkus, senior vice president of marketing and public relations at TravelCenters of America. “This reinforces our own 'Voted Best' survey results for the past 8-10 years running. Drivers know who takes care of them, and we're proud to serve the professional truck driver with those high standards."

Among other findings:

  • Subway received "Best Quick-Serve Restaurant" honors, while Iron Skillet was named "Best Sit-Down Restaurant."
  • More than half of all drivers surveyed purchase goods online.
  • The top 25 items sold most often to drivers cost 37% less on Amazon.com than at travel centers.
  • More than half of drivers never exercise.

ONE20 plans quarterly reports on issues affecting drivers. Next, it plans to look at how drivers obtain insurance, how they make large purchases and what their experiences are with banking and factoring groups. That report is expected to be available in July.

More information on the inaugural report is available at http://one20.com/topone20/.