Truckers at two backlogged US container ports have collectively sat idling for 50 years so far in 2021, data suggests.
The "idle time" racked up by these truckers, at the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of New York and New Jersey, climbed markedly in 2021 compared with recent years, data from Lytx, a transport telematics firm, showed. The data was first reported by Bloomberg.
Idle time – the time in which engines are running but trucks aren't moving – climbed by 50% per vehicle between the start of 2018 and October 2021, Lytx said.
So far in 2021, trucks at the two ports have racked up more than a day's worth of idle time on average – which, collectively, amounts to 50 years' worth, according to Lytx.