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" Some of the larger carriers and
brokers are beginning to rate
shippers for their in-and-out times. "
- Eric Arling, director of operations of Integrity
" We have customers all the time where you'll find a truck and
tell them where (the warehouse is) and they'll say, 'Thanks, but
no thanks; last time I was there I got hung up all day.' "
ELD AGRICULTURE EXEMPTION
To help reduce the likelihood of perishable products going
to waste, the FMCSA allows drivers moving agricultural
commodities to turn off ELD devices when they are within 150
air miles of their destination.
Boyle feels the agriculture exemption is widely underused
and could be a major asset to the industry. Arling and Pace said
the reason the exemption isn't used more often is because it's
vaguely defined, opening it to inconsistent enforcement from
state to state.
" It's fairly gray. They have attempted to clarify it, but I
don't know that anybody feels terribly confident that they
can implement the proper usage if they're unfamiliar with it, "
Arling said. " We're going to generally stay away and let (drivers)
follow state and federal laws as they understand them.
The IGSA went an extra step by working with the governor's
office and Idaho State Police to create an official letter that
details how the state would enforce the rule.
" We give this letter to drivers in case they are pulled over
and there is any question, " Boyle said.
Arling and Pace said such additional clarification would be
helpful in other states and regions.
" If you're particularly active in a certain region, certainly
familiarize yourself with the folks who will be on the
enforcement side, " Arling said.
While the current truck-rail rate of shipping for IGSA
members is in the 60-40 or 70-30 range, Boyle said an ideal
ratio would be closer to 50-50, given Idaho's isolated locality.
Current IGSA efforts include having a rail-center facility
built in eastern Idaho. Part of the reasoning is to reduce the
distances drivers have to travel.
" I've focused on a lot on rail as a possible solution. We're
working with a business out of Salt Lake to build an intermodal
facility in Pocatello, " he said. " We'll have trucks transporting it
to that location - so they're making short runs - and then
rail heading east or to the west coast to be exported by ship. "
Boyle feels that while additional rail shipping would be a
positive development, in many cases, trucks would still be the
" You can put so much more product in a rail car, but a lot of
times people just don't want that much product at one time, "
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