There may be a change in store for truck drivers’ maximum drive time. Right now, the federal regulations allow drivers to have only a certain number of working hours. Not following these regulations can result in a driver being declared “out of service” for a day or even longer; which of course is an inconvenience for their company but also money out of their pocket 1. These regulations can potentially keep drivers from their destination and families, even by just five minutes. They have to pull over and park for the required ten hours before they can drive again 1. Drivers are now looking for flexibility in the regulations so that the 5 minutes won’t affect them as much and can make it to their destination.
The trucking industry is now preparing for Phase 3 of the Electronic Logging Device legislation that began the implementation process on February 16, 2015. The legislation to better control hours-of-service reporting was set to phase in after the final ELD rules were published in December of 2015 with a compliance date of December 2017.
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.
Vendor chargebacks can be costly, with shippers and carriers being hit hard with financial deductions on their invoice for a number of violations. Common chargebacks include late/early shipment arrivals, paperwork errors, invalid advance ship notices (ASNs), utilizing the wrong carrier, incorrect packaging/labeling, shortages, damage…the list goes on. Examples of penalties from one such vendor include 10% off the total shipment invoice for late arrival, $195 for each incorrect bill of lading, $10 per carton for an invalid ASN, and $5 for each incorrect label.1
While the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate goes into effect on Dec. 18th of this year, truckers will not be issued out-of-services due to compliance failure until next year, according to an announcement by the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) earlier this week.
Carriers have until Dec. 10, 2017 to comply with a ruling mandating the usage of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on their trucks, replacing paper logs to track hours-of-service (HOS). The ruling, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will provide three main benefits: improve safety by enforcing HOS compliance and therefore preventing fatigue, saving over $1 million in revenue by replacing paper logs, and “increase the efficiency of roadside law enforcement personnel in reviewing driver records.” 1