Today’s Top Supply Chain and Logistics News From WSJ

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Some truckers say they’d rather stop driving than submit to having their time behind the wheel recorded electronically. So-called “e-logs” will be required in most trucks starting in December, a long-dreaded deadline for many drivers who prefer more-flexible paper records. Advocates note that the logs simply make it easier to enforce limits on hours behind the wheel that have been in place for over a decade. Most big fleets have been using e-logs for years. But small operators argue they can’t afford to spend up to $1,000 per vehicle to outfit their trucks with electronic logs, or pay monthly service fees, the WSJ’s Bob Tita writes. Some owner-operators say they’ll get out of the business when the new rules kick in, potentially taking trucks off the road just as an improving economy is driving up freight demand. Regulators are trying to head off this threat by easing truckers into the new regime: while log-less drivers can be fined starting in December, they won’t be pulled off the road until April.

The automobile supply chain is diverging into two lanes. Swedish parts giant


is considering splitting into one company that develops electronic components geared toward the high-tech cars of the future, and a second firm that makes conventional safety devices like seat belts and air bags. A split would allow the tech-focused side of Autoliv to better compete as a supplier of radars and other technologies to auto makers rushing to develop self-driving cars, the WSJ’s William Wilkes writes. The proposal shows how supplier skills that were prized for most of the last century, like the ability to mass-produce parts as cheaply and quickly as possible, are no longer enough as auto makers rethink core principles like the internal…

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