Mandatory Electronic Logging Devices
(ELDs) ‘“ coming into effect in the U.S. in December 2017 and in Canada shortly
after-are fundamentally changing carrier-shipper relations. As carriers gear up to comply with the rule, shippers need to consider the implications to their own businesses.
Consequently, the Canadian Trucking
Alliance has released a white board video and one-page infographic explaining
the implications of ELDs on the shipper community. Specifically, the video
describes how the supply chain has an obligation to reduce waiting time and
ensure truck drivers’ time is spent driving rather than waiting to load and
unload and customers’ facilities.
‘œUnder an ELD mandate,
hours of service rules are not a stop watch that can be halted and restarted,”
said CTA president Stephen Laskowski. ‘œThe entire supply chain coming under the
microscope. Pushing carriers and drivers to bend compliance is no longer an
The video also details
how shippers and carriers need to plan better to account for other delays
outside of a driver’s control ‘“ such as construction, severe weather and
cross-border snarls ‘“ which can all eat up allowable driving hours.
Furthermore, carriers need to work closer with their customers in creating as
many safe resting and downtime opportunities as possible.
Carriers are encouraged
to share the video and infographic with their supply chain partners and
‘œWe’re hopeful this
commons sense message will help all parties to become more flexible and fulfill
their responsibility to create a safe supply chain in an ELD world,” says
CTA anticipates Canada
will publish its own ELD proposal later this fall.