By the end of 2021, TuSimple a San Diego based startup plans to deploy autonomous trucks that drive themselves from pickup to delivery points. TuSimple, which is a self-driving truck company is developing a technology that allows driving from depot to depot without human intervention, will begin their driverless tests of the technology in Arizona later this year, according to FleetOwner. Read More
Recruiting women in the trucking industry is not an easy task, however more and more trucking companies are focusing on hiring women to join their workforce. According to Ellen Voie, CEO of Women in Trucking, “Best practices show that more women in leadership roles in a trucking company will result in more women as drivers, technicians and in lower-level jobs, because diversity of thought leads to a more diverse workforce.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry in 2020, in one way or another. The trucking industry is bracing itself for the aftereffects of COVID-19 and the so called, ‘COVID hangover’ as it is being labeled by major industry websites. We saw a lot of extensions being put into place in 2020 due to the driver shortage and the pandemic. These extensions will most likely play out into 2021 as COVID-19 trudges forward.
A new rule created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, (FMCSA) will make it easier for truck drivers to receive their commercial driver’s license (CDL). What was once prohibited, third-party CDL instructors are now permitted to administer driving tests to students. The new rule, which goes into effect in February, will permit states to allow the instructor to do both the teaching and the testing.
Covid-19 has done a lot of damage to many businesses around the world. The opposite holds true in the world of scamming. Scammers thrive during times when the economy is suffering. In fact, reports of scamming are up globally. According to Bloomberg, in Hong Kong they rose by 111% in the first half of the year. In Singapore, one of the safest cities in the world, the police say there has been a 140% jump in scams which has caused an increase in the overall crime rate.
Earlier this week was the start of the new HOS (Hours-of-Service) rules for truck drivers across the United States. The four main changes that took place to the HOS rules, which are intended to provide more flexibility according to FleetOwner.com:
On August 28th Amazon announced they will be purchasing 1,800 electric delivery vans from the European company, Daimler AG’s Mercedes-Benz. This deal comes two years after Amazon had agreed to buy 20,000 fueled Mercedes Sprinter vans to support its package delivery service in the U.S.
Suspension of the Federal Excise Tax (FET) could help the trucking industry tremendously through this COVID-19 recession. According to FleetOwner, in late July, Representative Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) sent a letter to the Democratic leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives calling for the suspension of the 12% FET on heavy-duty trucks and trailers to be included in the next coronavirus stimulus bill. Pappas wants the tax which can add $20,000 to a new truck’s cost off the books through 2021.
Operation Safe Driver Week began yesterday, which means there will be more law enforcement officers on the roadways patrolling for speeding vehicles and reckless driving. Less traffic should mean safer roadways, but that hasn’t been the case in many jurisdictions. Studies have shown that fewer vehicles on the road may be encouraging some drivers to ignore traffic safety laws. Some behaviors police officers will be watching out for this week are speeding, seatbelt usage, reckless driving, drunk driving, texting and driving, tailgating v and more.
As states begin to reopen, trucking companies are hopeful business will improve for them. It’s no surprise that COVID-19 has had some sort of impact on every industry in the world, and the trucking industry is no different.