Earlier this week, California senator Nancy Skinner proposed a daring bill that targets air quality and limiting greenhouse gas emissions. The bill would oblige the California Air Resources Board to, “require a 40 percent reduction in diesel emissions by 2030 and an 80 percent reduction by 2050.” This is not the state’s first proposed bill to cut emissions, but certainly has garnered attention due to the huge impact this would have on the transportation industry in California.
Dash cams have quickly become a growing trend in the transportation industry. Since their original use on police cars in the 1980s, they have evolved from bulky cameras requiring VHS cassettes to smaller, sleeker, high definition cameras available today. In fact, early dash cams were so expensive and provided such poor video quality, many police departments were not interested investing in them. In the early-1990s however, normal citizens began installing them and recording police officers in hopes to record any unlawful stops. Naturally, this prompted police departments across the country to adopt dash cams which in turn led to humorous shows such as Cops and World’s Wildest Police Videos. Dash cam usage increased even more once Russian citizens began capturing people throwing themselves at cars. The cameras would prove that the drivers were not at fault and avoid paying any damages. We now see taxis, buses, and trucking companies utilizing dash cams for a multitude of purposes.
With 2018 coming to a close, US trucking companies are expecting to see freight volumes remain steady if not increase heading into 2019. One factor leading to a rise in truckload shipments can be linked to increased tariffs on Chinese goods by the US. The uptick in tariffs can be traced back September of 2018 when President Trump raised tariffs to 10% on 200 billion worth of imported Chinese products. This news immediately impacted and shifted peak shipping seasons on land and by sea in the US.
From Black Friday to Cyber Monday and all throughout December, there will be more products sold and shipped in the U.S. than any other time of the year. Staffing shortages and recent import tariffs have made retail executives stay on their toes and prepare for the season.
Another concern that certainly weighs heavy on their minds are fuel and trucking costs, in particular the truck driver shortage that has plagued the trucking industry for years now.
Late Sunday evening The U.S., Mexico, and Canada came to a trilateral trade deal to replace North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new agreement is being called USMCA, U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. After a year of negotiations, here are some of the terms that are now public.