It is the year 2020 and there is an app for just about anything, helping truck drivers find parking spaces to take breaks is one of them. With electronic logging devices monitoring hours of service, it is now more important than ever for truck drivers to pull over, find a safe spot to park which can be very costly and time consuming. With new technology, drivers can now locate and in some cases, reserve parking ahead of time.
On December 16th, 2019, motor carriers and drivers who currently must record their hours-of-service (HOS) will be required to comply with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) rule. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, an ELD is a technology that automatically records a driver’s driving time and requirements for the hours-of-service records. ELD’s will provide more accurate hours-of-service documentation which will hold trucking companies to higher levels of accountability to help make the roads safer.
As 2019 winds down, here are the main issues that faced the trucking industry this year according to a survey conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI). As expected, driver compensation was the most critical issue in the trucking industry for commercial drivers in 2019. The top issue for motor carriers was finding drivers due to a driver shortage.
Gas stations across the United States are required to implement EMV Chip Readers at their pumps beginning in October 2020. Although this is a very costly transition for retail stations, the benefits for consumers will conceivably outweigh the cost. Card skimming has skyrocketed over the past few years and by having chip readers at the gas pumps, skimming should decrease.