April 4, 2018
While not the case for every new technology, it does seem like many technological advancements have both their upside and a downside.
We’ve certainly witnessed that paradox in the smart phone industry. Smart in that the phones offer unparalleled computing power in the palm of our hands. But are they so smart that we now can’t seem to function without them for even five minutes?
Take the new congressionally-mandated electronic logging device (ELD) rule for example. The ELD rule is part of what’s known as MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act), a funding and authorization bill to govern U.S. federal surface transportation spending.
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the ELD rule will help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier and faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data. Essentially, an ELD synchronizes with a vehicle engine to automatically record driving time, for easier, more accurate hours of service (HOS) recording.
ELD rule now in Phase 2
The ELD rule’s Awareness and Transition phase is now complete (as of the end of last year). We’re now into the second (Phased-In Compliance) of three phases which runs out in mid-December 2019. After that, the Full Compliance phase begins requiring that all drivers and motor carriers subject to the rule must use self-certified ELDs that are registered with the FMCSA.
While ELDs will improve the general management of RODS data, the spotlight now shines even brighter on HOS rules. They state that a driver may not drive beyond the 14th consecutive hour of coming on duty, following ten consecutive hours off duty. In addition, drivers may only drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
With ELDs in place, HOS rules become more critical, especially when impacted by excessive operational delays from the gate to the dock at warehouses and distribution centers.
For example, such delays could be the result of:
- Lack of accurate tracking and on-site efficiency of all activity.
- Low level of or even possibly no optimization for the entire loading/unloading process.
- Slow truck movement in and out of warehouse/distribution center facilities (both spot and contract markets).
- Not turning dock doors fast enough (low dock utilization).
- A disconnect between transportation and operations departments.
Don’t risk the loss of revenue or reputation
Moving drivers in and out of your facility at a faster pace will only benefit you in the long run by potentially experiencing lower rates and better access to drivers (especially if the driver shortage increases and makes it more difficult to obtain drivers).
You obviously don’t want to force freight forwarders to take their freight elsewhere because of a highly inefficient gate to dock process that is having a negative impact on driver HOS records.
As a result, your business revenue can suffer not only because of lost business but also due to a loss of reputation that’s connected to various problems you might be causing your carriers.
The ELD ruling definitely has its benefits. But when that technology is paired with an inefficiently run warehouse or distribution center facility, problems can mount quickly for your business.
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