New ELD Mandate Expected to Pressure Shippers Along With Truckers in Minneapolis

Slow shippers could be the early losers as the new Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate takes effect in Minneapolis and the rest of the country.

Truckers are being forced to comply with the existing hours-of-service rule, which limits driving to no more than 11 hours per day within a 14-hour workday. Drivers must then be off duty for at least10 hours in a row.

It is putting a premium on productive hours. Carriers like Bay & Bay Transportation and its drivers are concerned about delays at loading docks, which pushes their hours beyond federal work limits.

In some cases, it could create serious fallout for shippers whose practices force drivers to spend more hours at their dock waiting to load or unload. Any time beyond a two-hour grace period is considered detention time and could lead to more fees.

While some are predicting that bad shippers will be dropped, ELD maker, KeepTruckin, is leading a petition drive. It wants to encourage the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to extend the maximum allowed hours of service from 14 to 16 if drivers are detained for more than two hours.

The online survey already has nearly 40,000 signatures and cites data gathered from drivers who use its product. A third of the drivers who answered the survey said they were experiencing regular delays that went past 6 hours.

Whether the survey or other efforts result in change, Bay & Bay Transportation will continuously analyze the impact of the ELD mandate on its operations and drivers. We’re a Minnesota-based trucking company that prides itself on safety and reliability in the Minneapolis area and on the many short and long-haul routes we handle across North America.

It’s why Bay & Bay is known as a quality driven tradition on roads around Minneapolis and on many miles of highway across the U.S. and into parts of Canada. Watch your service hours, drive safely, and call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web page for more details and information about how you can join our growing team in Minneapolis.

Department of Transportation Supports Automaton Technology in Minneapolis, MN

The U.S. Department of Transportation is putting its promotional power behind the idea of developing self-driving vehicle technology. The decision could accelerate the implementation of autonomous systems for cars as well as big rigs in places like Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As they issued guidelines for the testing and deployment of what are being called “highly automated vehicles,” DOT supporters said they believe the technology could reduce crashes and boost mobility for folks who cannot drive due to disabilities or old age.

Some freight haulers can imagine a day when professional truck drivers are more like pilots. Their skills will really be needed when a truckload is ‘taking off’ from a terminal or ‘landing’ at a certain destination. Otherwise an autopilot could be allowed to handle the job of driving on open stretches of highway.

Bay & Bay Transportation plans to keep an eye on the idea of ‘test fleets’ and the approval of vehicles and automated technology. For the foreseeable future, however, the path forward will demand skilled truck drivers to chart a course of success on America’s roadways.

While some believe in the future promise of greater safety through self-driving automation, Bay & Bay’s aim is to achieve that goal today by hiring and retaining the safest operators on our nation’s highways.

There is opportunity for company drivers, independent contractors, and those who prefer to drive late model trucks under a lease purchase arrangement with Bay & Bay. Either way, there is plenty of non-automated need for operators on local routes in the Minneapolis area and other cities, as well as longer jobs across the U.S. and into Canada.

Bay & Bay Transportation’s emphasis on safe, reliable, and skilled drivers is why they are known as a quality driven tradition on the road in Minneapolis, MN, and plenty of other places in North America. Learn how you can help Bay & Bay offer their clients an unparalleled hands-on solution to their hauling needs. Call (888) 801-3026, or visit our web site to learn more.