“This chronic underutilization problem does not seem to be a function of what the drivers themselves do or don’t do, but rather an unfortunate consequence of our conventions for scheduling and processing the pickup and delivery appointments,” said David Correll, a research scientist at MIT’s
40% of America’s trucking capacity is left on the table every day, MIT expert tells Congress (msn.com)
Looks like Hurry Up and Wait is what the problem is.
40% of America’s trucking capacity is left on the table every day, MIT expert tells Congress
Someone is finally realizing that drivers sit almost as long as they drive ,
And they don’t get paid for sitting
Until the drivers start getting paid by the hour with OT after 8 and 40
No one is every going to care how much they sit around not making money
And the drivers are idiots if they keep spending all day waiting in line at the ports for free , when they could be out making much better money hauling OTR cargo .
And the chassis shortage seems easy enough to fix if they have tons of empty containers sitting on them .
set the containers at an offsite storage location and move the now empty chassis to pick up a loaded container . But every one involved would rather have an empty container sitting on the chassis .
And that doesn’t count the deadhead miles .
I know a company that has a pretty steady shipper, and the company y has been burned too many times by slimy ball brokers , so they just stopped hauling brokered loads .
the just run empty to pick up a load .
They clock a full 50% of their miles empty . But they get paid pretty well by the shipper they usually work for so it works out ok for them , but they COULD haul twice as much cargo ,
But they don’t because it’s not worth the headache and it prevents them from being able to hop on the super good paying loads. Because the brokers always Always ALWAYS , lie about the pick up and delivery windows . And then Take weeks to pay for hauling the load . If they pay at all.
they got screwed by a couple of brokers flat out lied about the delivery windows and then refused to pay etc .
they just said F that. It’s not worth it .
RockinChair Thanks this.
So the article says part of the problem is the pay is not enticing enough, and not efficient scheduling by shippers and receivers. But their “solution” is to attract 18 yr olds and more women? Hmmm.
Yeah this will clear up the log jams most ricky tick. Brilliant.
I think whoever wrote the article mashed two different points together.
MIT dude was talking about how much trucks sit waiting for appointments and making the time spent in the dock less.
Then Ata (or whoever) started talking "driver shortage" and the author conflate the two ideas.