ELDs AND THE WAITING GAME

It has been nearly three months since Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) became mandatory for commercial trucks.  The result has been decreased capacity and increased pricing in ALL trucking sectors.

“Just ask the driver to wait” needs to be removed from our vernacular.  Drivers no longer have any wiggle room and do not have the time to wait at the guard shack…to wait for a chassis to be unstacked…to wait for a problem to be resolved…to wait for a quality container to be found…to wait for service in the shipping/ receiving office…to wait in queues…to wait to be loaded/unloaded…to wait in traffic…to wait period.

These inefficiencies have been shouldered by the driver, but no more.  There is a cost to these inefficiencies, and those costs are now being transferred to the cargo owner.  To limit your exposure, take the waits out of the equation and get the trucks on the road.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

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Much has been written on this subject, and we are not going to go into detail covering the stance of each side.  Suffice it to say the trucking industry has room for all models. It should not be a “one size fits all” proposition. Drivers should be able to choose to be an independent entrepreneur or an employee.  It is a big table, and everyone is welcome.