ELDs: Working with Shippers
The US Electronic Logging Devices and Hours of Service Supporting Documents final rule doesn’t just affect motor carriers; it affects their customers as well due to the operational changes. Shippers and other tour companies that contract motor coach operators will have to become familiar with the rules and examine their own efficiency to respect driver’s hours of service.
Although the ELD rule does not change the hours of service requirements, switching from paper logs to far more precise ELDs will require carriers to review their routes to ensure they are still viable. Motor carriers need to pay close attention to routes where it is difficult to stay within hours of service during winter or at peak congestion times, and similarly review practices by shippers that create long wait times for drop-offs and pick-ups.
Carriers will need to take responsibility for starting conversations with shippers and others about the new requirements of the ELD rule in terms of specific trips and negotiating changes for those that are problematic.
There will be repercussions for anyone who tries to directly force a driver to violate hours of service.
The Prohibiting Coercion of Commercial Motor Vehicle Drivers Rule, prohibits coercion through, for example, threats to withhold work in the future. This new rule is effective as of January 29th, 2016 and applies to all motor carriers, shippers, receivers, and transportation intermediaries. The rule also includes a complaint procedure for drivers, with significant fines up to $16,000 in civil penalties alone if substantiated.
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Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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