The strength of a chassis lies in its reliability, durability, and dependability. In a winter where chassis supply has largely been unable to keep up with rising demand, you simply cannot afford chassis problems. Now, as the pressure to deliver is greater than ever before, reliability and dependability have become increasingly important in the chassis world. An unreliable chassis will ultimately hit you where it will hurt you the most—your bottom line.
Why has it become so important to employ a chassis you can rely on? For starters, more import volume has led to congested ports, which has in turn led to a higher demand for chassis. Factor in some inclement weather causing delays at some of major U.S. container ports and a recently-passed ELD mandate that requires trucks to significantly reduce their capacity, and a reliable, dependable chassis is not a luxury—it’s a necessity if you want your business to survive.
- Going paperless. Starting December 28, 2017, truck drivers were required to record their hours in an electronic logging device (ELD) instead of paper logs. Hours are being recorded more precisely, holding drivers more accountable. All this means higher rates on drayage and a reduction in capacity between 2 and 5 percent. Reduced flexibility means drivers may experience longer wait times and may charge extra fees for the time they’re forced to wait.
It has been a problematic winter for trucking operations due to all the delays and shortages, making the need for a reliable, dependable, durable chassis crucial. When you make a decision about which chassis to use, make sure you use the best.
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