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.