Pods truckpoladminJanuary 24, 20202:19 pmPositivity Boost for US Trucking Industry & Truck Drivers in 4 Steps!

US trucking industry is always balancing between the good and the bad, the challenges and new achievements. And while the first indications showed us that 2020 might be a challenging year for both truck drivers and the US trucking industry, it is always important to remain positive and optimistic. And it seems that towards the end of the first month of the year this is the trend that’s happening. Let’s welcome the positivity boost for the US trucking industry and truck drivers in 4 easy steps!

 

Step 1: California’s Controversial Truck Drivers Law Halted

 

We simply have to start with California’s AB5 law and how truck drivers achieved major victory recently. The controversial law received heavy criticism due to its threats to more than 70,000 truckers by reclassifying them as employees of minimum wage rather than self-employed independent contractors.

The law received an opposition from California Trucking Association which filled out a federal lawsuit in its efforts to stop the law.

And on January 16, a federal judge halted the procedure of the law indefinitely until further notice which could extend for months or even years while the battle for AB5 will continue in court.

 

Kenworth

 

Step 2: Spring Freight Volumes Rates to Increase?

 

According to various reports, the US manufacturing sector as a whole has been struggling for some time which affects shippers and motor carriers. But recent Federal Reserve Data shows us a 0.2% increase in output by US manufacturers.

This is one of the first signs of recovery, and no one else should be happier than shippers, carriers and the US trucking industry as a whole.

More shipping means more selling for shippers which results in higher trucking rates and benefits for truck drivers. The hope for upside this year and growth in US commerce is real.

 

Trucking loads

 

Step 3: Shippers Express Positivity

 

The survey which was conducted in the last quarter of 2019 has been seen to show optimism among shippers for the future.

The most optimistic ones were LTL (less-than-truckload) respondents with an expectancy of expansion and growth due to e-commerce sales.

When it comes to trucking, it was a more modest vote and actually indicated that many are expecting volume growth to slow down. However, the intermodal competitiveness improvement is expected to increase, and more than 50% of voters expect truckload growth moving towards the future in the US trucking industry.

 

Pods truck

 

Step 4: Optimism is Now Priority in the US Trucking Industry

Despite all the challenges that await, the optimistic approach was emphasized during the Highway Transportation Session at NITL 2020 Summit.

Hundreds of executives and professionals from the US trucking industry and transportation sector came together to discuss a variety of topics and challenges like truck parking, driver retention, contract rates and much more.

The tone throughout the conference was always positive, and it always highlighted what needs to be done for improvement and how to step up the game in various areas within the industry. Let’s see what 2020 has in store for all of us!

Burned truckpoladminJanuary 20, 20202:07 pmWhy Truck Accidents in the USA are Still So Frequent: The 4 Common Causes

Truck driving remains one of the most dangerous professions in the world, especially in the US. It made the list of top ten deadliest professions alongside such occupations as deep-sea fishing or power line workers which already speaks volumes. The heavy cargo that is carried often turns the accident into a fatal truck crash for other drivers on the road, or sometimes even properties. The blinding sun might be the cause of one of the first pileups of the year, but the most common causes of truck accidents are way more complex. Let’s find out the 4 most persistent reasons why truck driving has become dangerous alongside a dash of mind-opening statistics.

 

1.    Fatigue: One of the Main Causes of Truck Accidents

 

When it comes to truck driving and fatigue, it takes the top positions in every statistical measurement of truck accidents in the US. Think of long-haul routes, minimal rest in between and overworking. Only a few of many reasons for fatigue.

Driving while being fatigued caused 13% of truck accidents in 2015 and still continues to be one of the main reasons why truck driving is a dangerous profession. Approximately 20% of truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel within the 30 day period.

Truck companies tend to put a lot of pressure on delivery, with short and firm deadlines compared to large distances that need to be covered. And this leads us straight into the second cause.

 

Semi truck on the road

 

2.    Overspeeding: Deadline Pressure

In 2017, speeding is shown to be the most frequently reported factor in driver-related fatalities. This overspeeding and overtaking issue within truck driving in the US easily points to the major pressure of deadlines.

But are those strict deadlines always possible to achieve? The risk is not just truck accidents, but potentially losing a job or paying a fine.

How about factors such as unexpected traffic jams, poor weather conditions, technical issues and more? That’s when overspeeding and overtaking comes in, and if truck accidents come at expense of speeding then it is more than likely to be fatal.

 

 

Burned truck

 

3.    Alcohol & Drug Abuse: A Big Issue

 

Alcohol and drug abuse is something that made our past list of overlooked issues in the trucking industry, and 2020 promises to be more in touch with this issue with projects like ClearingHouse.

However, today the problem still persists. And even with passenger vehicles taking the spotlight for this problem more, truck driving has been often an area where usage of alcohol and non-medicinal drugs on the job was spotted.

This problem is eclipsing almost every type of transportation sector while being responsible for approximately 10% of truck accidents in the US each year over the past 5 years.

 

Semi truck

 

4.    Lack of Training & Maintenance: Cutting Corners & Costs

 

Brake and tire problems are found amongst the top ones for large truck accidents and crashes. Yes – by law the companies are required to check the trucks so that they meet top conditions for hitting the road. But statistics indicate that is not always the case.

This is a result of cutting the cost and time that it takes to maintain the truck in the top-notch state.

Poorly trained drivers can also be the reason for major truck accidents in the US. And current driver shortages in the country might encourage some companies to hire someone as fast as possible, neglecting all the necessary training hours that are needed.

 

 

 

ReeferpoladminJanuary 8, 20206:45 pmUS Trucking Industry Outlook for 2020: First Challenges & Bumps on the Road

From hundreds of carriers shutting down and worrying geopolitical events to decreased short-term shipping rates, record-breaking driver shortages and so much more. After two brilliant years for the US trucking industry in 2016 and 2017, it is safe to say that the year 2019 wasn’t a pretty one. What about a new year, a supposedly fresh start? It is not easy to find a positive outlook, thus it looks like it is going to be a bumpy and definitely a challenging road ahead of us. Let’s stroll through a quick outlook for the start of 2020 and what US trucking news has in store for us.

National Compliance Deadline for US Trucking Industry

 

One of the biggest topics among US trucking news was without a doubt the National compliance deadline. A law that went into full effect recently and required every single truck on American roads to be equipped with an electronic logging device (ELD) is probably the finest example. It is a balance between good and bad, a benefit and a challenge.

The main purpose of the ELD is to create a safer work environment for drivers in the US trucking industry, but also to allow accurate managing, easier communication and more.

Sounds fantastic, but where’s the catch? There’s no secret that ELD adds additional costs of both time and money that can be detrimental for struggling businesses.

 

Reefer

 

Adaption Period for New Software & Laws

 

The beginning of the new year is definitely a serious adaption period for the US trucking industry. First off, the Freight Index shows us a steady decline in freight volumes and expenditures. But that is just a very tip of adaption iceberg that awaits.

Next up, the US trucking news report laws like this in California that will reclassify independent drivers and could change the whole complexity of trucking in the state.

And yes, ELD also plays a big part once again. Many say that a lot of companies could be underestimating potential costs and problems with new software. Learning how to operate smoothly alongside new software and moving freight efficiently at the same time is one of the biggest adaptions to overcome at the moment.

 

Dry van

 

Adaption Period for New Software & Laws

 

The beginning of the new year is definitely a serious adaption period for the US trucking industry. First off, the Freight Index shows us a steady decline in freight volumes and expenditures. But that is just a very tip of adaption iceberg that awaits.

Next up, the US trucking news report laws like this in California that will reclassify independent drivers and could change the whole complexity of trucking in the state.

And yes, ELD also plays a big part once again. Many say that a lot of companies could be underestimating potential costs and problems with new software. Learning how to operate smoothly alongside new software and moving freight efficiently at the same time is one of the biggest adaptions to overcome at the moment.

 

Running a Trucking Company Continues to be a Major Challenge

 

Running a trucking company is full of rewards and risks, but it is continuing to be a major challenge due to its strong dependency on many factors: economics, politics, foreign policies and the US trucking industry as a whole.

Then there are driver shortages and striking competition for them, manufacturing declines and various government regulations just like the one in California.

In addition, the unstable environment, tensions in the geopolitical arena and recession lurking around the corner raises the stakes even more. All of this presents a plethora of bumps in the road for someone who desires to become a player in the industry.

 

Dispatch

 

The Conclusion: US Trucking Industry is Concerned but Motivated

 

Who knows what the future holds for the US trucking industry. New tensions are added in the Middle East which can have an effect, but the trend of eCommerce growth continues. And while driver shorter is persistent, the economy might see growth in GDP. It’s an uncertain mix, but one thing we do know for sure – it is going to be a challenging year.

 

Paul Mark Group

Hauling heavy loudpoladminJanuary 6, 20203:34 pmELD is in Full Effect in the US Trucking Industry – What Is It Exactly?

Back in 2012, the US Congress authorized the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill which is also known as MAP-21. Alongside the plans for highway funding included in the law, it also required to develop a rule mandating the usage of electronic logging devices (ELD). The ELD rule officially became a law on Feb. 16, 2016. For vehicles equipped with an AORBD, these had to be upgraded or replaced to meet full ELD status by Dec. 16, 2019. It has seen quite a lot of controversy over the years, but now that ELD is in full effect in the US trucking industry, let’s get to know and understand it better!

 

What is ELD Exactly?

 

ELD devices are designed to record the data that showcases a number of hours driver works and rests each day to make sure they are compliant with government regulations. The driver information that mainly concerns hours of service that commercial truckers are restricted to is placed on a permanent record of driving hours, on-duty hours and rest time, over the course of a trip.

Originally, it was the paper logbooks that were used which then got replaced by an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD).

Today, the ELD is a replacement for both, that is now passed its deadline and is fully implemented throughout the US trucking industry.

 

Pilot Local truck

 

How Does It Work?

 

So, how does the ELD work? First, the application software is installed either on a portable device like a phone and tablet or on a hard-wired in-cab dash-mounted device.

Then, the ELD synchronizes with the engine of the vehicle which allows for an automatic recording of duty status once the ignition is turned on. The device starts recording the driving time when the truck speed goes over 5mph.

Once the vehicle stops, the status can be changed to non-driving or on-duty depending on the driver’s actions taken next, whether he is fueling, loading, unloading or taking a break and sleeping.

 

Hauling heavy loud

 

Why the US Trucking Industry Introduced ELD?

 

The introduction of ELDs into the US Trucking Industry was led by multiple reasons that raised concerns and needed solutions. When the driver becomes tired and sleepy, it causes major accidents and draws great attention from media and lawmakers.

Wanting to ensure the drivers don’t exceed restricted driving hours and questioning the accuracy of paper logs were one of the main reasons that led to introducing ELD.

In general, the safer work environment for drivers, faster and more accurate tracking, managing and shared data is the aim of ELD to excel at.

 

Dump truck

 

Common ELD Issues & Benefits

 

Rarely comes an innovation without some kind of issues and challenges. And ELD has already experienced it multiple times. From online anti-ELD petitions to being upheld in court for driver privacy concerns to software malfunction – that’s just a small part of a bigger issue picture that still goes on.

However, while the ELD still needs great improvements and solutions, the benefits of it can’t be overlooked either. Whether its more miles on the road that leads to more money, better communication with a home office or simply reduced headache from paperwork and beyond.

The US trucking industry, truck drivers and ELD still have a long way to go to form a trustworthy bond, and it all starts now!

 

Highway trucking

Trucking, corn fieldpoladminDecember 18, 20192:26 pmLatest Technology Innovations in the US That Are Improving the Trucking Industry

Trucking Industry and technology innovations in the US go hand in hand and are closely dependant on each other. With a fresh year coming very soon, the latest technology innovations in Us has been made over the recent weeks and months. They are boasting high-tech characteristics and aim to improve both safety and overall functionality for moving freight. Let’s check out the latest measures taken to do that while using the latest high-quality tech.

Intelligent ABS for Trailers

 

Following the announcement at the North American Commercial Vehicle Show in Atlanta on October, Atlanta, Ga. – Wabco presented a new and intelligent anti-lock braking system, also known as iABS which is designed specifically for commercial trailers not only in the US but whole North America.

It is aimed to improve and enhance trailer control, emergency braking and overall trailer system functionality while supporting the strategy to make this a standard.

With such improvement to the commercial trailers and trucking industry, there’s no doubt that the new anti-lock braking system is among the best technology innovations in the US this year.

 

 Traffic, Trailers

 

High-Tech to Improve Traffic Flow

 

Traffic is one of those issues that just won’t go away. But it can be improved at specific locations with certain strategies, that’s for sure! This is where the technology innovations in the US and Windsor, Ontario in Canada come into battle the Trucker’s Tuesday.

A volume of truck traffic is so heavy that it got its own name and with over 10,000 trucks passing the US-Canada corridor it desperately needed solutions.

High-tech algorithms and real-time information are now produced for traffic planners by Miovision SmartView 360 degrees fisheye cameras.

This will not only improve traffic and get the trucking industry going more smoothly but boost patience for waiting for the completion of the stunning project of Gordie Howie Bridge.

 

Trucking, corn field

 

Debuting New Trailer Tracking System

 

Same vehicle show in Atlanta, but the different announcement and a new player within technology innovations in US – new trailer telematics system FleetPulse.

To provide data that is accurate, the sensors are hardwired into the trailer and the dashboard provides all the critical information: from flagging problems and automated issue alerts to streamlining daily inspections and service bookings and beyond.

The fact that the system can and will still be improved bears only good news for the trucking industry in the future.

 

Truck stop

 

Technology Innovations in the US on the Rise Aimed for Safety

 

With an incident waiting to happen every 15 minutes according to the statistics, the need for technology innovations in the US that are designed for safety is more significant than ever.

The trucking industry needs to get safer and more durable, and a great variety of new technology has been added recently.

From new dry vans that will resist scaling and corrosion while having anti-snag roof bows to rear cameras, stop indicator lamps and more. The trucking industry and technology innovations in the US are definitely moving forward in hopes to make a safer environment for both drivers and pedestrians.

 

High way, trucking

Paul Mark