FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

ELECTRONIC LOGGING DEVICES (ELD’S)

While the ELD mandate went into effect on December 18, 2017, the enforcement date was April 1, 2018.  Most operators were compliant with the regulation prior to December, however, some drivers and companies delayed the implementation until the regulation was going to be enforced.  The mandate’s impact has been significant even prior to April 1st, and we expect that trend to continue.

To be clear, the hours of service (HOS) allowance did not change.  What did change was the driver’s ability to be flexible, especially during waiting or idle-time scenarios. The result is drivers are much more likely to decline moves which eat into their HOS.  The cost of moves which delay the driver in any way, even 15 minutes, is going up.  Without the “fudge factor,” those 15 minutes could be the difference between completing the move in one day or taking an additional day.  That loss of productivity erodes driver pay.  Hence all the headlines about increased trucking costs.

We have said it before, there are always bad apples out there trying to circumvent the law.

Take a look at the video above regarding cheating ELD’s.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

ELD’S BRING SIZABLE RATE INCREASES

Electronic Logging Devices (ELD) will be mandatory on December 18, 2017, and there is no doubt this change will impact your supply chain.  The use of ELD’s will constrict truck capacity and lead to rate increases. It is estimated truck rates will increase by 10% or more.

No matter the mode…full truckload, LTL, drayage…all commercial truck drivers are allowed to be on-duty for a total of 14 hours in a day, with maximum drive time of 11 hours in a day.  Should the driver get hung up in traffic, at a marine terminal, at a loading or unloading location, or anywhere else on his journey and not be able to complete the delivery within the allowable hours of service (HOS), he will have to pull over and rest for 10 hours.  Yes, even if he is minutes away from his destination.  It is a hard, inflexible stop.  No exceptions.

There was a last ditch effort by some in the trucking community to delay the implementation of the ELD mandate.  However, the appeal fell on deaf ears with our federal legislators.
While Devine invests heavily in our safety program and closely monitors drivers’ HOS to ensure compliance, it is estimated 30% of the nation’s drivers apply “flexibility” with their paper logs.  As a result, it could take longer to move your cargo, and, as an industry, it will take more drivers to move the same amount cargo.

The ever-present driver shortage is going to make it even more complicated.

Be prepared!  Start a dialogue with your provider now.