Friday Five: Driver shortages, Toyota tech, and trucking companies sued

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You cold? Be prepared.

The “snow bomb” that hit the East Coast (and general winter weather) makes keeping warm a problem when you run out of hours or the road is shut down. Keep gloves (also great for fueling), several blankets (plus what you have in your sleeper), flashlight, and batteries in the cab to stay prepared.

Trucking tech: Vegas bets on autonomous

This week the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was held in Las Vegas, NV. Some highlights? Toyota is closer to making autonomous trucks a reality in the US to go along with TuSimple, Tesla, Nikola, Paccar, Peterbilt, Kenworth, GM and plenty of others.

15-year driver shortage ongoing

According to the ATA, the trucking industry needs to hire 900,000 drivers to meet rising demand in an ongoing issue spanning the last 15 years. The issue became prevalent when the economy picked back up in 2011 and drivers failed to return to the market. Because of this shortage, the ATA has called on Congress to act to help alleviate the issue and help trucking grow, especially as 70% of all consumer goods require trucks. The Driver Shortage Report was published by the ATA back in October but is finally gaining traction as shock of the ELD mandate begins to fade a touch.

Did you know…

…It would take 60 new, clean diesel trucks today to produce the emissions of 1 diesel truck back in 1988.

Trucking companies in court

Los Angeles, CA is suing port trucking companies. The city attorney is suggesting that these companies have falsely classified drivers as independent contractors instead of company employees in an attempt to not compensate drivers properly or offer them benefits they were entitled to. As I shared in last week’s 2018 predictions, these issues will become more prevalent with ELDs, as will driver coercion.

We will continue to follow these situations closely in 2018.

Keep your shiny side up!

There was plenty of other information rolling through this week. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to let us know – email us at


Regulatory Affairs Analyst Jeremy Feucht follows the latest political and legislative processes, along with their potential effects, on the trucking industry. He has worked in the U.S. Senate and has served as a member of Planning and Zoning, City Council, and Urban Renewal boards.