Since reaching the middle of May, without surprise the past two months have been extremely challenging during the 2020 pandemic. With multiple industries across the board being affected, businesses everywhere are seeking relief. The trucking industry has been no stranger to hard times, and the past two months have just added to the struggle. However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel. As the country prepares to reopen, congress has a bipartisan opportunity through an infrastructure bill.
While truck drivers continue to provide goods and services over the road, concerns continue to rise over safety at rest stops. Just last week, President Trump was celebrating truck drivers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The President held an event noting states have been working to make accommodations for truck drivers nationwide. Although the public attention for truckers has been positive for the industry, many issues arise when drivers are traveling. A big problem is detention times, where facilities are understaffed, and detention times can be hours. Thus, leaving drivers without access to food and water or even restrooms.
To an extent, we all know what truck drivers have to face when hauling a load. It goes without saying that long hours of being behind the wheel are in the job description. Fatigue and drowsiness come with these long hours which can result in a serious and sometimes fatal accident. However, the industry is beginning to make strides in using technology to make us all safer.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator, Andrew Wheeler recently said that he anticipates the new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) Standards rule to be finalized within the next month or two. The primary questions to answer at this point are, what does the rule seek to accomplish and how does this affect heavy-duty trucks?
It is no secret that 2019 has not been kind to the trucking industry. In 2018, 310 freight companies were forced to close down. During the first half of 2019 alone, that number was approximately doubled, showing 640 closures. Looking at data like this, you can understand why the trucking industry is looking for ways to diversify and adapt, to stimulate the LTL industry. With Celadon, one of the industry titans in North America closing their doors, there have been more than a few eyebrows being raised around the industry. In times like this these, communication is key for maintaining peak efficiency across all operations.