As COVID-19 slows down and we return to semi-normal, will the trucking industry return to their pre-pandemic training procedures as well? Driver training pre- COVID-19 was your typical in person event where drivers gathered in one location, had face-to-face training for days on end and then were able to begin their job. COVID-19 forced companies to change their ways of training drivers which in turn has been able to not only introduce them to the world of virtual training, but also save them money in the long run as well. Read More
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) have made our roadways safer over the past decade and will continue to prevent tractor trailer accidents in the years ahead. Driver resistance to change has gone down drastically which in turn has made implementing new ADAS easier for over the road trucking companies. ADAS include a variety of components including blind-spot detection and warning, active radar-enabled forward collision mitigation, active braking and more. Thousands of trucks across the United States have implemented almost all these ADAS. Read More
COVID-19 put a huge damper on seasonal travel and the entire U.S. economy in general last summer. Now that things are returning to pre-pandemic levels of activity, the forecast for the U.S. economy and the trucking industry for the upcoming months are projected to be very strong compared to 2019. Read More
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.