EWDs bring transparency to US industry

By: Rob McKay


US transporters are working with their customers in a different way, Transport Intermediaries Association president Bob Voltmann says

EWDs bring transparency to US industry
US Transport Intermediaries Association (TIC) president Bob Voltmann

 

Electronic work diaries (EWDs) and the boom in trucking demand in the USA is changing the power dynamic between transporters and their customers.

That is the message US Transport Intermediaries Association (TIC) president Bob Voltmann had for the Australian Logistics Council-Australian Trucking Association Supply Chain and Compliance Summit in Melbourne today.


The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator launched a system for the approval of EWDs in Australia in May. Check out our story here.


Proof of driving hours has injected transparency into customer demands on trucking companies and their drivers, meaning fatigue rules are less able to be bent.

"Shippers can’t use trucks as rolling warehouses any more," Voltmann, whose body represents third party logistic providers, says.

Meanwhile, more demand and less capacity has meant customer are seeking to be "shippers of choice" for transporters and asking peak bodies such as the TIC "how do we make our freight attractive"?

At the same time, transporters are choosing to reject cargoes from customers with inefficient facilities that wastes drivers’ valuable time.

What are known in the US as electronic logging devices (ELDs) have given them the proof of just how much.

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