INFO ON SHIPPERS/RECEIVERS
Those in the trucking industry are all too familiar with the panic that the ELD requirement has created. Now, more than ever, truck drivers cannot afford wasteful driving. A second generation app, Trelp, released on July 25, 2017, provides a platform to share information about shippers/receivers.
- a receiver requires a lumper fee in cash prior to issuing a Bill of Lading
- shipper/receiver allows parking on its premises
- shipper/receiver will charge $100 if you’re a minute late
- shipper/receiver will have you return the next day if you’re late
- Hours of operation
LAST MILE DIRECTIONS
Trelp also features last mile directions. This is paramount in that oftentimes the physical address is not the loading/unloading area. You can end up literally driving an hour trying to find the loading/unloading area. If there is a late penalty, or worse, you’re forced to return the next day, it presents a grave problem.
SOLUTION TO THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK PARKING PROBLEMS IS HERE!
According to the Federal Highway Administration, there are over 3 million commercial trucks on US highways, yet only parking for 300,000. Currently, federal law prohibits driving over 11 hours. This means that commercial truck drivers are struggling daily with locating scarce parking within the small window or risk being in violation.
BY 9-10 p.m., on any given night, parking at truck stops becomes completely unavailable. The nearest parking can be 60-80 miles away from the shipper/receiver, which means that you will be hours away from the loading/unloading site. With traffic conditions becoming even more antagonizing, this can mean that you will pay a fine for being late. What’s even worse is that you may not get loaded/unloaded because you’re late.
TRELP, AN UNDERDOG, HAS AN AMBITIOUS GOAL OF HAVING 3,000,000 PARKING SPOTS ON ITS PLATFORM BY DECEMBER 31, 2019.
Trelp allows drivers to share parking information. Why is this significant? It is more than sharing truck stop locations. Other apps already have that capability. What sets Trelp apart is that drivers can share unconventional parking. For example, there may be street parking available in an industrial area 20 miles from the shipper/receiver. This kind of information is critical for the driver.
Trelp is an app available for Android smartphones. It is available in Google Play.