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ELDs prove it: Washington D.C. is where hours of service go to die

Using ELD data, we have determined that Washington D.C. is the last place a driver should want to go 

Congratulations Washington D.C. for screwing up the trucking industry and being ground zero where a driver’s available hours go to die!

No, I am not referring to the FMCSA and the hours-of-service rules (that should be reexamined), I am referring to the shippers and receivers that occupy your metro-area. You are the worst city for truckers in America/Canada. Congrats!

What am I talking about? Drivers are running out of hours by waiting on your inefficient and abusive shipping community? How do we know?

Remember that ELD mandate you created on December 18, 2017 that is used to track drivers?

Well, it can do a lot more. The same data that is used to log driver activity can also be used to monitor shipper data. So, over the past year, FreightWaves has been quietly accumulating hundreds of million records to understand where drivers are being detained.

So we took this data, applied some machine learning, artificial and human intelligence and created an ELD map of the market. We then developed market-level indices to examine where drivers are being delayed and what city sucks (or doesn’t) for drivers.

We also overlayed the same data with physical addresses on shippers and consignees to understand which physical locations were causing drivers to burn time by being on-duty but not-driving and came up with a clear understanding of where drivers are being held up.

And here is what we found (the worst cities for drivers to be held up on-duty/not-driving in U.S. and Canada):

#1 Washington DC (149 minutes)

#2 Central Chicago (136 minutes)

#3 Halifax, Nova Scotia (121 minutes)

#4 Edmonton, Alberta (118 minutes)

#5 Northern Chicago (109 minutes)

#6 Modesto, CA (106 minutes)

#7 Northwest Chicago (101 minutes)

#8 Amityville – Long Island (101 minutes)

#9 Far Far North Chicago (99 minutes)

#10 Salt Lake City (99 mins)

#11 Midland-Odessa TX (97 mins)

#12 West Chicago (95 mins)

#13 San Antonio, TX (93 mins)

#14 Brooklyn/Lower Manhattan (92 mins)

#15 Toronto (92 mins)

#16 Sacramento, CA (91 mins)

#17 Dallas (91 mins)

While Washington D.C. is by far the worst, Chicago metro showed up in our data a total of five times! 

And the best city in America/Canada: Buffalo/Niagara Falls, NY. You are far better than your football team!

At first glance the delays are not as bad as one would assume, but these are delays for all loads that were in the data-set, including drop/hook freight. This means that some of the worst shipper/receiver locations had average delay times far above the city averages. 

As the data flows, we will continue to model areas where drivers are being held up and what types of freight are most likely to create delays. You can keep up to date on our research and models, by subscribing. 

Ultimately, we want to educate the market on areas that are ripe for improvement and how costly the delays are for everyone. It is our goal to provide the information and encourage shippers to take corrective actions and carriers to charge and collect detention for these delays. The unfortunate part is that detention collection is usually at the discretion of the shipper or the leverage that the carrier has over the shipper. 

Perhaps the BiTA Standards Board will soon create a detention blockchain smart-contract that can automate detention billing and collections. Until then, data don’t care.  If you are interested in participating in this discussion, join us at Transparency18 in Atlanta on May 22nd and 23rd, 2018.

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  1. Interesting data. It just backs up what most otr drivers already know. Unfortunately trucking will always remain the redheaded stepchild of industry.

  2. data, data, data. and none of it will be used to fix anything. at least someone got a new job created from the productivity killing legislation.

  3. Very right. College geniuses just learned what truckers knew for 15 years of total drivers harassment. By Shippers and enforcement of dead HOS.

  4. Unfortunately,
    All these super neat "impact studies" are super cool , and believe or not the paper it’s printed on is used for more than just toilet paper.
    But ,
    It still will show us the same thing that all the other impact studies have.
    That people that sit behind a desk all day for years at a time will still think they are better than a man, or woman doing the actual work in which they are studying.
    But they need a raise, for all that hard work that they do stealing from the working man.
    It’s an argument as old as the industrial revolution.
    It will go on long after anyone that made an impact in this industry has passed.
    If you have read this entire tirade, you’ve come to discover that it makes as much sense as you current regulations.
    Keep truckin’
    One day it’ll work for ya

  5. Next time you folks want to get a more accurate study please get into a truck with and independent truck driver and I promise you that you will get much better data of how long it really takes to get loaded !

    1.Arizona 4 to 8 “hours”loading and 4 to 8 “hours”plus unloading and if you go to frys in tolleson 8 to 14 “hours”for unloading!

    2.California 4 to 8 “hours” loading and 4 to 10 “hours” unloading!

    3. Washington 4 to 8 “hours” loading and 4 to 10 “hours” unloading!

    .4 Chicago 4 to 8 “hours” loading and 4 to 10 “hours” unloading!

    Yes NEW YORK, Boston, Texas, Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, New Mexico, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Naveda, the whole entire Beautiful U.S.A. Takes 4 to 8 “hours”plus to load and 4 to 8 “hours”plus to unload.

    Yes Washington the shippers and customers and brokers all need to be on an eld system as well. Or exempt us from on-duty time when we are at a shippers having to wait too long to get loaded or unloaded if not give the shippers a violation .

  6. ELD mandate was not created 2017 it was in 2015; 12-18-2017 was the date the grace period ended .. big projects in the near future for the usage of data in the trucking industry .. if Gov. does not care about drivers the telematics companies do.

  7. Dry truckload freight is not the only part of the transportation industry where there’s a problem. Try the petrochemical industry. We in the for hire tanker industry have a real big problem with loading & unloading. We fight w/ the motoring public to get in/out of gas stations. There seems to be a real problem w/ attitudes. Employers/shippers/receivers & the general public think more about their pets than they do about drivers & the trucks that move America’s needs.

  8. Right now! Company using q-com lies! To take my job! Last two jobs! There’s no protection from liars !! And power !!