The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) announced the Starke Truck Route, a four lane truck route implemented to reduce traffic congestion on U.S. 301, will open sometime in September this year.
The Starke Truck Route started construction in August 2016, located on the west side of Starke, Florida. The $90 million, 7.3 mile long, route is constructed between County Road 227 and County Road 23. Which is expected to provide additional capacity for future growth in the area and improve safety.
The route is estimated to carry over 25,000 vehicles per day in 2020, and increase to over 31,000 per day by the year 2040. Despite mixed feelings about the project from the locals, after hearing concerns that the route will negatively impact local business the Florida Department of Transportation assured “the new road was constructed with the safety and needs of residents and businesses alike in mind”.
Crestwood Transportation – a company based out of Texas – are raising their starting pay from 46 cents to 60 cents for all tanker drivers in the central region. The pay raise was said to be effective March 21 of this year.
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According to the company, drivers can now start at up to $80-85,000 per year.
In order to be considered for the position, applicants require two years of experience, a tanker and hazmat endorsement, and most importantly a clean driving record.
The company wants to reward their current and new drivers by receiving load pay, layover pay and detention pay as well as steady safe driving records.
Sources: “Crestwood Transportation Raises Driver Pay by 14 Cpm.” CDLLife, 1 May 2018, cdllife.com/2018/crestwood-transportation-raises-driver-pay-by-14-cpm/.
Anheuser-Busch are reportedly teaming up with Nikola in buying up to 800 hydrogen-electric trucks to replace more than half of their fleet.
The trucks being delivered will be the Nikola Two – also known as the Day Cab version – and have a capability of producing zero emissions, ability to be refueled in 20 minutes and have a range between 500 and 1,200 miles.
Manager Editor, Brian Straight reported:
” The cab is designed with “surround vision” and features a 15 in. touchscreen that gives the driver a virtual aerial view of the area around the truck and trailer in real time, eliminating blind spots. A panoramic windshield and a forward position for the driver provides improved visibility. That view is complemented by high-definition cameras combined with radar, sonar and computer software. The result is a complete 360 deg. view of the vehicle.
The mid-cab design features a sliding entry door to reduce the dangers of climbing into and out of the cab.
Inside the cab, there is a touchscreen where some of the most advanced productivity tools are located. Nikola aims to make the vehicle an “all-inclusive” model, giving drivers all the tools they need to do their jobs. This includes standard readouts such as battery levels, ranges, wheel torque and cabin controls, Bluetooth-enabled phone, calendar, integrated logging and driver/vehicle performance data and more. It also includes navigation and vehicle data as well as “Nikola Shipments.”
Nikola has plans for converting 100% of their fleets in the future.
Sources: Straight, Brian. “Anheuser-Busch to Buy up to 800 Nikola Hydrogen-Electric Trucks.” FreightWaves, www.freightwaves.com/news/green-trucking/anheuser-busch-to-buy-nikola-hydrogen-electric-trucks.
As previously stated in a recent post, HOS – Hours of Service – is a federal regulation of limitations most truckers have for the length of time they can be driving or be required to take rest breaks.
Who is required to comply with these regulations? Here is a simple breakdown stated directly from the FMCSA:
“In general, a CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business and is involved in interstate commerce and fits any of these descriptions:
- Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
- Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
- Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
- Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
- Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards”
Sources: “Hours of Service.” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, United States Department of Transportation, 30 Dec. 2013, www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/hours-of-service.
As discussed in previous posts, the future of the trucking industry was brought with bespoke aerodynamic designs created by Shell and AirFlow Truck Co.
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It is designed and built as a hyper-fuel-efficient Class 8 truck with the capability for reducing the energy usage associated with the transportation of goods. The body of the proposed tractor is made of carbon fiber from the side skirts, to the hood, and front end.
The Trucker News Publisher states:
” The truck will use a number of full synthetic Shell Lubricants products including Spirax S6 GXME 75W-80 transmission oil, Spirax S5 ADE 75W-80 differential oil and Spirax S6 GME 40 wheel hub oil. In addition, Shell Rotella Extended Life Coolant will provide excellent high-temperature protection and heat transfer. Shell Rotella Diesel Exhaust Fluid, a high purity diesel exhaust fluid, will also be in the truck. ”
The efficiency and lesser fuel costs could really make positive and growing changes for both Shell, AirFlow Truck Co. and the trucking industry altogether.
Sources:“’Bespoke’ Trucks? Shell and AirFlow Truck Co. Have Designed and Built One – TheTrucker.com – America’s Trucking Newspaper.” The Trucker, www.thetrucker.com/News/Story/BespoketrucksShellandAirFlowTruckCohavedesignedandbuiltone.
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Amazon discussing future ideas for autopilot drones that make their own deliveries, Tesla creating a self driving car, and companies like XPO Logistics Inc making the move with the use of robotic machines to raise mass production in their warehouses, what are plans for the future in the trucking industry?
It’s a possibility that one day in the future, trucks will have self driving deliveries that make it from destination A to B or robotic machines that can make deliveries themselves, with technology and innovation rapidly growing every day, anything is possible.
Sources: “The Future of Freight: What’s Your Vision?” Transport Topics, 5 Apr. 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/future-freight-whats-your-vision.
“Profit, Revenue Grow at XPO as It Invests in Tech.” Transport Topics, 3 May 2018, www.ttnews.com/articles/profit-revenue-grow-xpo-it-invests-tech.
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The Trucking Alliance – The Alliance for Driver Safety & Security – are reportedly pushing congress for drug testing to ensure there are no prior opioid addiction or illegal use of substances while going behind the wheel.
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If Congress decide to push for drug testing, verification for no opioid addiction or illegal drug use will be required at least 30 days prior to employment to anyone applying for safety sensitive related jobs in the trucking industry.
Sources: “Trucking Alliance Pushes Congress to Tighten Truck Driver Drug Testing.” TopNews – Drivers – TopNews – TruckingInfo.com, www.truckinginfo.com/channel/drivers/news/story/2018/05/trucking-alliance-pushes-congress-to-tighten-truck-driver-drug-testing.aspx.
The New York Post – the 4th largest newspaper in the United States and leading digital media publisher – reported that a trucker from Portland, OR – Jacob Cartwright, 22 years old – was en route to his destination when he put in the wrong address and got stuck in the woods in an area with limited cell reception.
Cartwright was hauling a trailer full of potato chips and claimed he never ate or took any with him during his 14 mile walk in a span of four days.
He finally ended up in the town of La Grande dehydrated and determined to get back to his wife and kids.
He is expected to make a full recovery.
Sources: Associated Press. “Trucker’s Wrong Turn Turns into Four-Day, 14-Mile Hike for Survival.” New York Post, New York Post, 30 Apr. 2018, nypost.com/2018/04/30/truckers-wrong-turn-turns-into-four-day-14-mile-hike-for-survival/.
“New York Post.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Apr. 2018, en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_York_Post.
The most important thing when going behind the wheel of any motor vehicle is being safe and staying alert. But what are the major outcomes you could get from an accident of a commercial motor vehicle?
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Here are a few critical things that could occur:
- Insurance & Truck Repairs
- Possible Explosion – if a colliding compact car were to catch on fire –
- Possible Death or Critical Injuries to Yourself or Others
The biggest factor that created the December Mandate of 2017 was to require rest breaks to truckers in the hopes of resulting in less accidents due from falling asleep at the wheel which will potentially avoid more accidents and less likely for these critical outcomes to occur.
Source: “How Bad Can a Truck Accident Mess Up Your Car?” Trucker News, truckernews.com/how-bad-can-a-truck-accident-mess-up-your-car/.