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International Roadcheck Inspection is June 5 – 7 this year!

International Roadcheck CVSA ELD and hours of service compliance

The CVSA works with the DoT and the FMCSA to conduct International Roadcheck Inspections once a year.

Gear up or check out: International Roadcheck Inspection is June 5 – 7 this year!

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA,) the Department of Transportation (DoT,) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) run the International Roadcheck every year in the first week of June.

DoT officers conduct Level 1 Inspections on random carriers for DoT compliance as they travel across the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

The CVSA says that 32 percent of drivers were placed out-of-service during 2017’s inspections due to Hours of Service violations. Because of that, inspections for 2018 will focus on Hours of Service and ELD compliance.

Many drivers across forums and Facebook groups claim that they skip “DoT week” every year. Truckers on forums plan to take vacation or plan for a three-day break at home this year, as well.
But if you aren’t in that group, we want to help you prepare.

What does “focusing on Hours of Service and ELD Compliance” mean?dispatch BOL Super Dispatch car hauler

For this story, Super Dispatch spoke with the CVSA and some Owner Operators. SD asked the CVSA Director of Roadside Inspection, Kerri Wirachowsky how CVSA plans to “focus” on ELD compliance if all carriers are required to have Elog devices since April 1st.

“Make sure that drivers know what type of record of duty status they are keeping,” Wirachowsky says. “What we are finding is that a driver knows that he’s got an electronic device, but he doesn’t know if he has an electronic logging device, a grandfathered automatic onboard recording device, if he has a paper log, is he allowed to be using a paper log, and does he know why he can still do a paper log because there are some exemptions…so that is the sort of information we want to focus on with the driver.

Many drivers equate the CVSA “focus” to be a crackdown of rule enforcement. Wirachowsky says that enforcement is part of the blitz. But she says that the actual purpose of a “focus” for International Roadcheck is to focus on a topic for the drivers and industry. Wirachowsky says that CVSA creates educational flyers and hands them out during the initiative.

“They’re still going to be inspected to ensure they are not over the hours of service rules, no different than how they would be checked at any other time or in previous years when we focused on brakes or cargo securement.” Wirachowsky says. “But every year we trying to give out educational material and focus with the driver on something specific, so this year it’s hours-of-service rules.”

How to prepare for Roadcheck:

  1. Proper Trip Inspection before leaving

    • “If you aren’t compliant out there, you’re going to get a violation eventually. It’s just a law of numbers, it’s just going to happen… You are supposed to be compliant all the time. So you should always be prepared to go through a DoT inspection.” – Mark Guinn – Super Dispatch customer and Owner Operator of El Porico Logistics – says. “
  2. Minimal paperwork

    • ““Make sure it’s neat. Make sure you don’t have several expired registrations, insurance cards and other documents…… only carry what you need.” – Wirachowsky
  3. Know your ELD

    • “There are well over 150 electronic logging devices registered on the FMCSA’s website now. The driver only needs to understand how to use the one he has. Inspectors are never going to understand all the intricacies of every device. So when the vehicle is stopped for inspection, and the driver has no idea how to show the inspector his records of duty status and/or transfer files and do all the things that are required of the driver, it doesn’t go well…don’t leave it up to the inspector to try and figure it out.” – Wirachowsky
  4. Most importantly: be patient.

    • “Try to be patient and be get along with the inspector and listen to what the inspector wants you to do. Stay in your truck, provide the necessary paperwork and operate the controls. If the driver does that, and there are no issues with the driver or the vehicle, they’re through it in about 40 minutes, hopefully, with a clean inspection and CVSA decal(s) applied to the vehicle(s).” – Wirachowsky

 

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Why are there over 50,000 loads on Central Dispatch right now?

“11 cents a mile you see on there [for some loads.] I can’t drive my Chevy Malibu for 11 cents a mile!Central Dispatch Super Dispatch eBOL TMS software

As of the last week of April, the largest car hauling load board Central Dispatch, surpassed 54,000 load offers. Spring is usually a busy time for trucking, especially car hauling, but 54,000 is quite a bit higher than the average. In years past, Central Dispatch can range in load offers from 25,000 to 40,000 that sits on Central at any given time. So what gives? Why now?

Super Dispatch spoke with broker and owner of Easy Car Shipping David Mistzi as well as transporter and Owner Operator Ziggy Keller on their personal theories. David has been a broker for 14 years and Ziggy is an equally experienced transporter, as well as founder of the Independent Auto Transporter Alliance and the famous Facebook group Auto Transport Everything. Their views differ at times, but both agree that the cost of transporting cars in America has started to outweigh the load offer prices. Ziggy thinks that newcomers are being educated on the costs of being a transporter in recent years, and that is why low rates are staying on the boards longer. Here are some of the their theories:

“With the Elogs coming on, people believe they are responsible for 20% less capacity for those entering into the Elog market that weren’t previously in it”

Electronic Logging Devices

The letters on everyone’s lips are E. L. D. The ELD has slowed carriers down a lot, which leaves many loads left unclaimed on Central Dispatch.

“With the Elogs coming on, people believe they are responsible for 20% less capacity for those [truckers] that are entering into the Elog market that weren’t previously in it,” Ziggy said to Super Dispatch in an interview last Friday.

“The typical order has taken an extra 2-4 days to dispatch,” David said of his own brokerage business in California. With the new backlog on Central, David has started to warn customers shipping personal vehicles of the extra wait time. To solve his stagnant load offers, his brokerage has become more creative, even calling some carriers directly with offers.

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“Operating as a carrier has gone up considerably in the last few years, [more so] than the compensation.”

The Rising Costs of Being a Transporter

Truckers hauling vehicles one-by-one on Central Dispatch isn’t as profitable as it might have been a few years ago. Overall, the cost of operating a transporting business has gone up; gas is more expensive, insurance premiums are rising and the price of buying a trailer continues to rise, while wages fall stagnant.

“Overall, compensation has only trickled up,” David said of the transportation rates. “Versus the actual costs of operating. Operating as a carrier has gone up considerably in the last few years, [more so] than the compensation.”

This means that one-off loads won’t be picked up quickly. The added logistics of patchworking 3-8 single cars onto a trailer is no longer worth the low pay.

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The Economy is good

“There’s a lot more people willing to pay for the transport, versus driving from Point A to Point B,” David said, in a surprisingly positive spin. David theories that when the economy is in an upturn, more people are willing to pay for their cars to be hauled across the country.

In a similar vein, Ziggy attributes the competitive load prices that happen in Spring as one of the reasons he personally doesn’t look for loads on Central Dispatch. “Snowbirds” (customers who migrate south to a second home in the winter and then back again in the fall) are coming back north in the Spring and offering more competitive prices for car haulers than identical loads on Central Dispatch.

“If I have an opportunity to move a load from Florida to New York… and right now snowbirds are paying quite well, [brokers on] Central Dispatch still want to list [that type of load] at $300 a car…even at the height of the season when everyone is at capacity plus.” Ziggy said.

“I can’t drive my Chevy Malibu for 11 cents a mile! If you look on a mileage basis, what’s a car worth to move, if I drive my Chevy Malibu down to auction to rep my company, the IRS gives me a 53 cent per mile mileage deduction.”

The rates on Central Dispatch are too damn low!

In the end, both Ziggy and David think that the industry is not profitable enough for transporters to take the lowest rates on Central Dispatch. Besides the occasional one-off load, Central Dispatch is historically a place where newer owner operators find their first loads before establishing lasting and consistent business relationships with shippers or brokers. Inexperienced transporters and one-off load postings mean that the rates will naturally be lower than in other parts of the industry, but it seems that now the rates are too low for even beginner transporters.

“They are a load board, they aren’t the monitor, they’re just a place to list your cars. But until they weed out the abusive practices of some of the listers you know…” Ziggy said of Central Dispatch. “I mean 11 cents a mile you see on there [for some loads.] I can’t drive my Chevy Malibu for 11 cents a mile! If you look on a mileage basis, what’s a car worth to move, if I drive my Chevy Malibu down to auction to rep my company, the IRS gives me a 53 cent per mile mileage deduction. How can you possibly operate a 300,000 truck with freight at 11 cents a mile? You can’t.”

But why now?

The rates have been low for a while, but Ziggy thinks organizations like IATA and the Auto Haulers Association of America have been working on educating newer transporters on what it costs to operate, and that has changed how people interact with Central Dispatch and other load boards.

“When [transporters] can understand their cost per mile, then they can fairly market their own services. A lot of smaller companies don’t know what their cost per mile is, and until they know what that is, they won’t know how to price their own services,” Ziggy said.

At Ziggy’s suggestion, Super Dispatch took a look and compared the total available loads on Central Dispatch to the total available loads above .50 cents a mile. over 33,000 are above .50 cents a mile.

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What do you think? Does this prove loads are paying better or worse? Do you think .50 a mile is sufficient? Let us know in the comments.

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5 Things 2740 Trucking Says About Using The Super Dispatch Car Hauler BOL

2740 Trucking Has 5 Things To Tell You About Using Super Dispatch

2740 Trucking LLC (DBA “Acar Transport”) is a car shipping company based in Brooklyn, New York. Their lead office dispatcher is named Miguel and he is responsible for dispatching cars for their twenty-one auto transporters. Keeping them loaded and running on time is a full-time job which is why he gives five reasons why 2740 Trucking LLC relies on the Super Dispatch car transport dashboard tool to keep their business running smooth and efficient every day.

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Frank is the Manager at 2740 Trucking

2740 Trucking calls the Super Dispatch car hauler platform “Superman” because it fixed all those old problems.

1) “We Call It Superman”

Today, the dispatch information for their transport load workflow travels back and forth from laptops and desktops to handheld devices; from sales reps and dispatchers to drivers and dealers and accountants. A year ago, when it was all paper-based, there were simply too many people in too many places to keep the paperwork neat, organized, legible and 100% accurate. It was the biggest reason the company was losing time and money while trying to grow the business.

2740 Trucking calls the Super Dispatch car hauler platform “Superman” because it fixed all those old problems. For example, Miguel only needs to generate a Load ID in the Super Dispatch dashboard with pickup and delivery locations and with the click of the mouse he can assign it to the driver’s handheld device. That trucker can then immediately see that order and be ready to roll. The rest of the order information can easily be updated while the trucks are already moving, whereas before, Miguel and his team had to individually create and hand deliver the printed load assignment sheets to each driver before they could start driving.

…the driver simply aims the camera into the door jam and when the VIN is recognized by the software, suddenly all of the year, make, model, color, and VIN information automatically populates..

VIN barcode2) “The VIN Scanner Is Phenomenal!”

While the transporter is en route, the dispatch team updates the driver’s device with either the year, make, model, color or VIN – whatever they have been given for physically identifying the car. But when the driver arrives at the location, he or she uses that minimal information to find the vehicle, and that’s when the VIN scanner comes into action. Using the same handheld device (iPad or smartphone), the driver simply aims the camera into the door jam and when the VIN is recognized by the software, suddenly all of the year, make, model, color, and VIN information automatically populates into their electronic car hauler BOL. As Miguel likes to say, “It works like magic!”

3) “This Definitely Saves Us From Damage Claims”

When it comes to refuting damage claims, Miguel has a favorite story to tell. “Not long ago, a good customer of ours found a dent on the rear panel and told us it wasn’t like that when he bought the car at the auction. But since our drivers always take inspection photos with ‘Superman,’ we sent him the pictures clearly showing that same dent was there before we ever picked it up. That claim immediately went away, and we never heard about it again!” The time and money saved with this simple solution are something the company is pleased not to have to think about.

Timestamped BOL App4) “Emailing Is So Much Better Than Faxing”

The accountant at 2740 Trucking is named Crystal and “she loves not being smothered with faxes.” In the past, her most time intensive jobs included printing, scanning, sending and receiving faxes and paper bills of lading. Back when everything was paper, it was incredibly time-consuming and oftentimes things (literally) fell through the cracks (which then cost her more time and effort…”and headaches.”) But now with Super Dispatch auto hauler software, she does everything on her computer and through email. Miguel says, “It’s faster, organized, legible, and accurate. There’s no more printing or scanning, then faxing, then calling. With an email, everything can be tracked, with date and time sent, and it’s easy to CC: other people so they also have a copy. Everything is archived into folders on the computer and there’s no more mess.”

2740 Trucking in Brooklyn, NY

5) “We Are Saving Tons Of Time!”

From the electronic input of data, the real-time order updating while trucks are already driving, the quick and easy VIN scanning and automatic data population, easily refuting damage claims, emailing instead of faxing, all the paper replaced by digital information, Miguel has no idea exactly how much time they are saving – but in his words, he knows 2740 Trucking is saving “tons of time!” It’s like measuring the difference between mailing a letter and sending an email. “We’re talking thousands of percent more efficient!”

“…our drivers always take inspection photos with ‘Superman,’ we sent him the pictures clearly showing that same dent was there before we ever picked it up. That claim immediately went away, and we never heard about it again!”

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2470 Trucking loves the switch from paper bills of lading to the Super Dispatch car transport dashboard tool. Miguel can’t imagine why everybody doesn’t do it. If you have any questions, you are welcome to give him a call at 347-554-6574 or leave a comment below.

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