The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants your input! Published in the Federal Register on June 10th, the agency is seeking comments regarding “data sources, methodologies and potential technologies that could provide insight into loading and unloading delays experienced by [commercial motor vehicle] drivers,” including the frequency and severity detention has on drivers. (1)
Fast on the heels of the new ELD regulations that went into effect in late 2017 is some good news for long-haul truck drivers. The hotly-contested ELDs made an already difficult parking problem even more challenging for truck drivers who were nearing their limit on driving hours. While the lack of safe and accessible parking is an issue that's been brewing for a number of years, the ELD regulations gave drivers fewer options, with some even having to pay to reserve parking for their rigs in order to remain compliant with these new regulations.
Driver Shortage: Driver capacity is at its lowest since 2005, with a ratio of one truck being available for every 12 loads so far this year, according to DAT Solutions. (1) With the ELD mandate taking effect last month, drivers retiring and the struggle to recruit the younger generation, as well as government regulations such as hours-of-service, the American Trucking Associates reported that the industry will need nearly 900,000 additional drivers to satisfy demand. (2) This capacity crunch has caused many shippers to either delay shipments or pay more to get their freight moved.
The American Transportation Research Institute released its report “Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry” this week, which identified the top concerns and challenges along with strategies for each according to 1,557 motor carriers, drivers, and stakeholders in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Results from the report were as follows:
Natural disasters, driver shortage, a growing economy, higher input costs, increasing pay for qualified drivers…all factors contributing to the highest spot quotes the industry has seen in over two years with van rates on the truckload spot quote market reaching a national average of $1.94 per mile and reefer rates increasing from $2.19 to $2.22 per mile week-over-week, according to DAT Trendlines.