The percentage of carriers using electronic logs (elogs) on all their trucks increased dramatically — from 25 per cent in May 2012 to 35 per cent of carriers in February 2013, according to Transport Capital Partners’ (TCP) First Quarter 2013 Business Expectations Survey.
Two-thirds of responding carriers are already testing or utilizing elogs on their trucks and another 10 percent of carriers are considering he technology but have yet to make the transition. Seventy-one percent of smaller carriers are still not utilizing elogs, however, while 43 per cent of larger carriers have all their trucks on elogs.
“Carriers we have spoken with who have fully implemented elogs in their operations report improved CSA scores,” notes Steven Dutro, TCP partner.
Almost 50 per cent of drivers have changed their hiring standards changed their incentive programs for clean inspections in a bid improve CSA scores. “The industry continues to report adjusting to CSA, but in varying degrees and still with some controversy over reporting,” says Richard Mikes, TCP partner.
Carriers report the number of shippers who are concerned about carrier CSA scores increased slightly, from 79 percent to 84 percent since May of 2012.
“The cost of compliance, along with decreasing productivity, the corresponding decrease in driver earnings, and the planned tightening of hours-of-Sservice rules are part of the regulatory burden which has both directly and indirectly impacted carriers,” says Mikes.