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April 2019

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4 | Overdrive | April 2019 V O I C E S " e poll says it all," noted regular OverdriveOnline.com commenter "RC" in his reactions to the poll results shown on this page. As he suggested, most readers felt their wait times at shipper/receiver facilities had seen no change or gotten worse since December 2017, when the electronic logging device mandate came into play. Leading into the mandate, im- proved shipper-receiver e ciency was chief among the positive predict- ed results. Indeed, some indicators suggested that was in the works. Trailer purchases boomed. Anecdotes suggested more carriers and shippers were working toward drop-hook-type situations. Overdrive also has heard some reports of increasing success at using the electronically monitored HOS cudgel as a means of putting a little pep in the step of shippers. ough he's personally still running with paper logs in an ELD-exempt 1999 truck, independent owner-operator Howard Salmon has noted an e ective emphasis on hours at some locations. Hours he spent at one dock were well on their way to throwing "my easy trip with a same-day delivery out the window because you guys are holding me up" — exactly what he told the shipper. " ey snapped to it and got me right out of there." Others waiting in line might not have fared so well, he speculates, if they failed to do what he does routinely in such situations: "I always let the brokers know when the guys are holding me up," he adds. Another voice on the line urging speed can help. Salmon's experience is not re ected by the majority of owner-operators, though, judging by poll results. As "RC" commented: "Nothing changed, except now the truck has a timer in it that has put more unneed- ed pressure on the operator. Every- thing that they tried to sell ELDs on – safety, higher rates, make the shippers and receivers more prompt – none has happened." Rates did rise in the immediate a ermath, particularly spot rates, with at least some longer-term impact in the contract rate environment. Nonetheless, the operator main- tained: "Here we are on the short end yet again." A commenter posting as Bill Poll: ELDs haven't improved detention V O I C E S Have detention times improved for you since the ELD mandate? OverdriveOnline.com poll Not sure 6% I've seen change, but it has nothing to do with the ELD mandate 9% Yes 3% No, they've gotten worse 39% No perceptible change 43% John A. Norris was in the minority in March polling on the question of improvement in wait times since the ELD mandate took e ect. "It seems loading and unloading times have improved," he noted, but he couldn't attribute that to e-logs. It "has more to do with last year's capacity crunch" amid a booming freight market, which happened to coincide with compliance dates for the mandate. Norris surmised that brokers might've been behind the trend, and he o ered this hypothetical pitch they must have made to shippers and receivers: "If you want trucks, we can get them for you. Just load and unload in a reasonable amount of time!"

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