Industry Update: Eclipse-based Road Closures and Electric Vehicles


Trucking Industry Update
Photo Credit: Luisa Rusche

 

Did you Know?

Mack Trucks was founded in 1900 but did not produce its first truck until 1907. It also didn’t adopt the name Mack until 1922.

Solar Eclipse Road Closures


Just about every state in the direct path of the upcoming solar eclipse (occurring Monday, August 21), will have oversized load restrictions on their roads during the event.

  • Idaho is shutting down all roads south of U.S. Highway 12 for trucks that are: 10 feet wide or wider, loads over 14’6” tall, or loads over 100 feet long from Saturday, August 19 at 4pm through Tuesday, August 22 at dawn.
  • Nebraska is shutting down all of I-80 as well as all State and U.S. Highways for oversized trucks transporting heavy equipment, and those which need a pilot car, from sunset Friday, August 18 until dawn on August 22.
  • Other states are conducting similar restrictions due to the potential for traffic congestion. Please check your routes carefully and contact the respective State’s DOT for specifics.

Trucking Tip of the Week:

The average semi uses one gallon of gas every hour it idles. Stuck in rush hour traffic for an hour? You just lost $2.58, plus mileage loss. Plan your trips carefully to avoid unneeded fuel loss, since diesel is one of your biggest expenses.

FMCSA Listening Sessions this Week


The FMCSA held an unannounced listening session on August 8th in Minneapolis, MN (no word yet on how many attended).

There are two more upcoming meetings this week, if you would like to attend. The meetings will be held on Tuesday, August 15 at 600 Campus Drive Collegeville, PA, from 8am-6pm and in Denver, CO on Thursday, August 17 from 8am-6pm, at 7001 Yampa Street.

See Also: FMCSA VIN Loopholes 


Tesla’s New Vehicle


As we‘ve discussed before, Tesla will be unveiling their electric big rig sometime next month. It seems there’s more to this vehicle than just being electric. Tesla is testing a platooning system that allows for at least some measure of autonomy. Tesla has reached out to California and Nevada DOT for testing privileges. Platooning is being tested throughout Europe and is beginning to see greater acceptance. Tesla believes the same will be true in the U.S. sooner rather than later.

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.