Trucking Carrier-Customer Relations In An ELD World

December 4, 2017 Safety

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Mandatory Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are coming into effect in the U.S. in December 2017 and 18 to 24 months afterwards in Canada.

As carriers prepare to comply with the rule, shippers also need to consider the implications ELDs will have on their own businesses.

A video created by The Canadian Trucking Alliance outlines how these devices will be a game changer for hours-of-service compliance, as well as the relationship between carriers and shippers.

Read on to learn more and view the video.

The Impact Of ELDs On Shipping Companies

With each minute of a driver’s allowable driving hours electronically recorded, pushing carriers and drivers to bend compliance with HOS rules is no longer an option.

As ELDs become mandatory, shippers and receivers must ensure that truck drivers are spending more of their time driving—not waiting to load or unload. Once a driver is out of hours, that truck and driver cannot go anywhere until he or she has taken the mandatory off-duty break.

This means keeping freight moving and costs under control for customers will be more important than ever.

Shippers and carriers will need to work together to:

  1. Reduce waiting times at shipping yards
  2. Create more safe resting and off-duty areas for drivers
  3. Adapt to more flexible delivery schedules

Carrier-Shipper Relations: A 2-Way Street

With the introduction of ELDs, planning to make the supply chain more efficient will be a two-way street.

Carriers and shippers will need to become partners, working to reduce driving time lost to:

  • Traffic congestion
  • Border delays
  • Severe weather
  • Construction

The good news is that data collected by ELDs will allow carriers to work with shippers to identify where the inefficiencies exist in the supply chain, and focus on route optimization and improving the safety and productivity of drivers.

View the video below from The Canadian Trucking Alliance.

Trucking Carrier-Customer Relations In An ELD World

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View our infographic to learn more about the upcoming ELD mandate.

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