Industry update: ELD protests, winter weather, and autonomous trucks


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Did you know? On this day…

Ford’s assembly line, launched December 1, 1913, built vehicles in two and a half hours instead of the usual 12 hours. Thus effectively began the mass production of cars (along with pickups and trucks).

17 days from the ELD mandate (and counting)…

As of December 1, we’re 17 days from the ELD mandate deadline. The FMCSA has reported that the number of falsified logs has increased over 20 percent in the last five years. Citations for drivers with falsified logs increased 11.5 percent just this year. Of the 186,000 out of service orders levied from October 1, 2016 – September 30, 2017, 30,000 of those were caused by falsified logs. To read more, check out this Journal of Commerce article.

…Protests scheduled

Rallies are set across 40 states on Monday, December 4, at 9am local time. The announcement of this event came as owner-operators spoke to the US House Committee on Small Business on Wednesday. The hearing, called “Highway to Headache,” included members of OOIDA, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and the American Pyrotechnics Association, speaking about the burden ELDs on the small business owners within the trucking industry. For more, check out CCJ’s article.

Plan your route in winter weather

‘Tis the season for road closures and restrictions on mountain passes. Vermont’s Smuggler’s Notch—not open to semis any time of year—has already been shut down for the winter. A basic GPS system doesn’t know you’re driving a semi and will take you on the fastest route, not the safest, preferred—or even legal—route. Make sure your route is sound before starting your trip.

Truck tech twofer: Self-driving electric semis

Tesla, Nikola, Toyota, and several other companies are developing both electric and autonomous vehicles. Google and Samsung are putting sensors into trucks to help with collision avoidance and aid in more autonomy of the vehicle. In many cases, the ELD is the start of this trend as it attempts to automate pick-ups, drop-offs, and everything in between. Read more from the IOT Institute’s article.

Be careful out there.

According to the National Transportation Safety Board, fatalities involving trucks in 2016 increased by 57 (total) over 2015. The number of deaths in 2016 involving trucks was 722 on highways. To see the full report on accidents in 2016, check out the Data and Stats section at NTSB.

To reduce the danger on the roadways, the NTSB has their list of their “Most Wanted” list for 2017-2018. Check the list and the NTSB’s recommendations here.

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 mailbag@truckstop.com.

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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.