Freight News Friday: Autonomous Vehicles, Hours of Service, & More

Did You Know?

Charles Duryea, credited for inventing the first operational “Gasoline Buggie” in the U.S., died on Sept. 28, 1938, at age 76.

Trucking Tip of the Week

Most hours of service waivers issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) for areas impacted by Hurricane Florence are set to expire on Sunday, Sept. 30.

Technology in Trucking

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao made headlines when she said cars without steering wheels will be on our roadways soon. While she was specifically talking about cars, this also applies to other vehicles on the road. It sounds like the Department of Transportation (DOT) will be working with manufacturers to try to make autonomous vehicles a reality fairly quickly.

Hours of Service

Some states (California, for example) are creating mandates for breaks for truck drivers that are superseding those by the DOT and FMCSA. An amendment added to the Federal Aviation Administration bill seeking to deny states the right to counter-mandate federal interstate commerce laws was recently denied.

The Fight Against Human Trafficking

More and more states are working with truckers in the fight against human trafficking. California offers training so drivers know what to look for, and now Wisconsin is doing the same. It makes sense to include truck drivers since they see a lot of people and cover a lot of territory; they’re often the first line of defense as women are trafficked in various locations across the country.

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.