Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) will be required in all trucks effective December 18, 2017. These devices will precisely measure driver hours of service. As a result, close planning and routing will be of utmost importance to ensure the driver can complete the delivery within the allowable hours of service.
While ELDs will affect all modes of trucking, the drayage market will be especially impacted. Congestion in and around marine and rail terminals, chassis and container shortages, booking and clearance issues, and myriad other roadblocks in getting containers moved will eat through available hours of service. Those delays will have negative repercussions in the number of moves a driver can do in a day.
If these congestion issues persist, drayage costs will rise due to lack of productivity, the necessity for pre-pulls, and drivers leaving the industry.