The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, through the DOT Office of the Inspector General, has initiated an audit to collect data on the loading and unloading delays that carriers experience at the shipping docks, and then to assess the impact of those delays on the efficiency of the freight transportation system.
In the new highway bill, the FAST Act, Congress directed FMCSA to look into trucking concerns related to issues at shippers and receivers, particularly the impact of delays on driver safety and productivity.
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Assn. has led the effort in Washington to address these delays, calling time spent on the docks “the biggest inefficiency in trucking.”
“We look forward to participating in the audit and helping DOT evaluate what we have known to be true for far too long: Excessive wait times during the loading and unloading process has a negative impact on safety, costs society billions, and is part of the reason why the industry experiences high driver turnover rates,” OOIDA spokesman Norita Taylor told American Trucker.