Interesting and informative. Medium length hauls seem to be the hardest hit. Be prepared for fewer trucks and higher rates.
Industry leading DAT provides some explanation here
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Apparently the DOT had answered the call and has finally eliminated the need for drivers to fill out essentially blank inspection reports pre and post-trip.
Previously the driver was required to fill out an inspection report (called a DVIR) before and after each trip even if there were no defects to report. And, carriers were required to keep these reports for some prescribed length of time (I think 2 years, but that rule changed at some point). Imagine having a large fleet – say 1,000 trucks and having to keep and maintain no less than two blank reports per truck per day…
Todays rule change is a positive one for all carriers and offers some relief to the sea of paperwork facing drivers and carriers today
Today I received an email from FedEx as many of you also probably received. It was a blast email about properly packing goods for freight shipping.
My first instinct was to say “yeah yeah yeah” but in reality this gave an idea for this article. If you would like to check out Fedex’s article, it’s here.
Improperly packed goods are not only a big part of the reason damages occur but improper packaging is a major reason many claims are declined.
The truth of the matter is claims hurt everyone involved. The claimant is out while waiting for a settlement, the customer is dissatisfied, the carrier has additional handling costs including free the OS&D clerical time and free astray returns, and the shipper may have to spend some time, money or energy to reproduce the damaged goods.
Like your insurance company, carriers look to mitigate claims whenever possible. As a shipper, it makes sense to ensure you have done everything you can control to ensure that the goods are ready for shipping. That way, your goods are less likely to be damaged in transit and, if they are, the carrier has one less tool in their arsenal to use against paying the claim.
Remember, just like your insurance provider, your claims percentage is a factor when the trucker considers pricing.
With 99% +/- of the LTL shipments moving without exception, the 1% that remain are a source of great cost. Protect your company, your customers and your carrier rates.