Friday Five: technology in trucking, the State of the Union, and more

Did you know?

The average trucker logs 105,000 miles per year!

Trucking Tip of the Week

No other industry has evolved more than the trucking industry in the last 10 years. As a carrier or broker, the ability to evolve is just as important as handling your customer and client base. If you can’t stay ahead of major changes (ELDs, emission regulations, drug and alcohol clearinghouse, etc.), you won’t be able to serve your clients. Brokers need to understand these regulations as well. Claiming ignorance only hurts your relationships with your carrier base. The more you know, the more successful you will be.

Technology in Trucking

Nikola, the company created to be “the Tesla of trucking” before Tesla decided to go after the trucking industry themselves, has announced they will be building a $1 billion plant in Arizona. With production of their vehicles set to begin in full force in 2021, Nikola needed to find a place to set their production headquarters, ultimately landing on Phoenix. With 8,000 big rigs already preordered for the hydrogen cell powered vehicle, Nikola received an investment by Wabco of Belgium that gave them the $1 billion valuation.

Trucking and Human Trafficking

For the second time in two weeks, border agents have found a semi filled with undocumented immigrants coming into Texas. The most recent was filled with 76 people—including children—coming from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This growing issue has had deadly results in the recent past. As Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) becomes an increasingly hot topic, incidents like these could become more prevalent. To combat this, Congress passed legislation that will keep CDLs out of the hands of those with human trafficking violations as well as increasing border security and checks. President Trump signed the bill making it law on January 8, 2018.

Trucking and the State of the Union

During his State of the Union, President Trump skirted around how he plans to help fix the crumbling roadways within the US. He again mentioned his desire to have private help—meaning toll roads—for rebuilding the nation’s roads. The President also stated that he hopes that states do more to offset some of the burden from the federal government. With the projections to fix the roads at around $1.5 trillion, the timeline for these projects will not come in the near future.

Keep your shiny side up!

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Regulatory Affairs Analyst Jeremy Feucht follows the latest political and legislative processes and 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.