One of the most significant impacts of the ELD (Electronic logging devices) mandate has been the sticker shock of short hauls. Generally drivers are paid by the mile, so it makes sense that drivers want to secure hauls that allow them to drive 400 to 500 miles per day, in order to make the best of their time on the road and the biggest paycheck. Before the mandate, drivers might have been willing to take a chance on a short, regional move to keep moving. under ELDs, they are much more hesitant. many carriers simply refuse short hauls.
ELD adoption is still an issue. According to Boomberg/Truckstop Quarterly Truckload survey, 28% of truckers have yet to become compliant – to the tune of about 868,000 drivers.
Shippers uncertainty around 2018 to 2019 transportation budgets is high. One prospective customer reported that its 2017 transportation spending increased 500% over its budgeted amount in 2017.
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