Lack of Chassis Choice wastes productive ELD hours of service, increases port and rail congestion, and makes the life of a truck driver harder than it needs to be. Help us advocate for you and the free movement of freight!
Simply put- Chassis Choice allows the trucker to decide which chassis gets used so intermodal containers can move as efficiently as possible. In the United States, however, there are agreements which can dictate what chassis can be used to move specific containers. Globally the standard is that the trucker provides the chassis (chassis choice). Now how does the lack of chassis choice negatively impact efficiency, increase emissions, and drive inflation? As an example let's say there are 100 chassis in a given market made of up 50 red chassis and 50 blue chassis. Customer A requires the trucker to only use red chassis. Immediately the trucker now only has 50 assets to work with to move that freight from the rail/port. Less options is never good when it comes to moving freight. What happens if the trucker ends up at the port with a blue chassis after in-gating a container when their next move is for Customer A who requires a red chassis? Now they have to leave the port get rid of the blue chassis, bobtail to another depot, wait in line to pick up a red chassis, do another pre-trip to ensure the chassis is road legal, head back to the port to wait in line again, only then to have the box mounted for the Customer requiring red chassis be used. Three extra legs were created that drive extra emissions and miles. The time spent doing this is On Duty for a driver so now they have less productive hours left in their ELD HOS to move freight from the rail to help congestion. With less ELD HOS available because of these extra legs the driver now doesn't have the hours required to pre-pull another container from the port/rail at the end of the day. If today was the last free day of that box the driver couldn't pull now there is a day of demurrage that must be paid to the port to pick the box up tomorrow. That cost gets passed onto the end customer who then has to account for that cost in their price on the shelf to the consumer driving inflation. At scale lack of chassis choice compounds into significant environment, safety, and economic consequences. Supporting chassis choice is positive step towards a cleaner, safer, more efficient supply chain. Please share and help spread the word!