Electronic logging devices were created to improve road safety and minimize accidents. An ELD is a device that is hooked directly to a truck driver’s engine and helps mandate how many hours of service a driver may have. They can also store a ton of information on truck performance, tracking, driver score cards, and can even send messages via the satellite back to their employer.
With the new ELD’s in effect, drivers can only drive 14 hours consecutively, but in this 14 hours they must remain on the clock, even if just going to grab a quick bite to eat or use the restroom. All of these breaks will count against their clock. When a driver arrives at a shipper or receiver he must wait to be loaded or unloaded, all of which counts against his running clock. This means that if a driver isn’t unloaded in a timely manner then he may run out of hours. Not only does this affect his next load, but it also affects his safety. When a driver runs out of hours, his engine will shut of no matter where he is, which could be the side of the highway, at a warehouse, or even the middle of the road, causing concern for driver safety.
Driver fatigue is believed to be the biggest cause of road accidents. This new law helps to cut that down, affecting 3.1 million drivers. Companies will save a collective 1.6 billion dollars by eliminating paper logs alone. Is it worth it for the consumer? With the new laws in effect, studies show an estimated 200,000+ shortage in trucks. What drivers could get done in one day is now turning into a two-day transit. Now, the pressure is on drivers to get from point A to point B legally, causing delays in products to the consumer. This will cause shippers to start sending trucks out with immediate product need with less freight.
The American Truck Business Services expects consumer costs to jump 10% in the first year alone. Not only does this cost affect the consumer, it also affects the trucking companies. Most companies only operate six trucks or less. Now with the new strict demand to make deliveries on time, companies are using two drivers to run lanes as a team. Meaning more pay for drivers, more pay from shippers, and it causes the spot market rates to increase. The money will need to be made up to cover all of the added cost, raising the cost of product.
Be prepared to see a slight rise in costs, whether it be at a retail store, grocery store, or even online shopping. While the new laws will save money for trucking companies, how bad will it affect the consumer? Will we be the ones to feel the inflation caused this new rule? Only time will tell. We are in the beginning of the first year of the newly implemented law, and cannot fully anticipate the overall effects of Electronic Logs.
Spice Logistics is a leading provider of logistics right here in our hometown of Locust Grove. As a team, we strive to build relationships not only with customers, but with our drivers as well. I have over 15 years in the transportation and logistics industry and use that knowledge every day to set Spice Logistics apart from any other logistics company. Our truckload freight specialists will get freight moving quickly and efficiently.
Shane Sinnemon, Spice Logistics LLC
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