Cmv Inspections Reveal Hours-Of-Service Struggles in Trucking
CMV Inspections Reveal Hours-Of-Service Struggles in Trucking

A fatigued driver is an unsafe driver. That’s the rationale behind the Hours of Service (HOS) rules that apply to the trucking industry. These rules, set in place by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (a division of the federal Department of Transportation), dictate how many consecutive hours a driver is allowed to drive his vehicle, as well as how long and how frequent his breaks must be. The goal, stated by the FMCSA, is “to keep fatigued drivers off the public roadways” and make sure that drivers stay awake and alert while driving.

However, Hours of Service violations continue to be common among commercial truck drivers, and some in the industry are pushing for change.

“Today’s truckers have never faced more regulations or greater enforcement and compliance with those regulations. Yet, crash numbers are going in the wrong direction,” …

Big Risks for Big Rigs: Why Are Fatal Large Truck Crashes Increasing?
Big Risks for Big Rigs: Why Are Fatal Large Truck Crashes Increasing?

Every day, tractor-trailers share the roads with cars, pickups, and SUVs. But what some tractor-trailers don’t share is the advanced safety technology that helps the passenger vehicles stay accident-free.

According to Consumer Reports, research shows that safety features currently available in passenger cars, such as a forward collision warning (FCW) and automatic emergency braking (AEB), are reducing crashes as they become more available.

Now, experts are wondering if those features could help curb a disturbing trend: the increase in deaths in crashes involving large trucks.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 37,461 people died on the road in 2016, the last year for which statistics are available – an increase of 5.6 percent from 2015. Of those fatalities, more than 4,300 occurred in accidents involving large trucks in 2016, up 5.4 percent from the year before. In …

Will Inexperienced Truck Drivers Be Taking the Wheel?

The average commercial truck driver is 55 years old, which means seasoned drivers are aging-out of the profession. And trucking companies are having a hard time recruiting new drivers – at the end of 2017, the United States was about 50,000 drivers short of what companies needed to transport their goods.

Texas is facing its own trucker shortage. Oil production in the Permian Basin shale formation has rebounded, following a price collapse in 2014. But there aren’t enough truckers to move that oil where it needs to go. According to Bloomberg news, many former drivers of oil trucks lost their jobs when the oil market crashed in 2014, and they’re reluctant to return to those positions.

Drivers of oil and gas trucks have traditionally earned much more than entry-level long-haul truckers who transport ordinary freight, because transporting oil requires …

Self-driving Truck Technology Raises Questions

Soon, self-driving commercial trucks could be traversing United States highways. Companies developing this technology say autonomous trucks could make the trucking industry safer and more efficient. But many questions remain about the capabilities and limitations of self-driving trucks.

The executive chairman of trucking company U.S. Xpress told Trucks.com that he anticipates trucks will have Level 4 autonomy in three to four years. Level 4 means a vehicle requires no human interaction, except in special circumstances, such as unexpected traffic slowdowns.

Currently, autonomous truck sensors are still lacking when it comes to detecting road debris or poor lane markings. And with no regulations for autonomous trucks, developers of self-driving technology are hesitant to move forward too quickly – they don’t want to invest money in features that could later be outlawed. One thing that does seem clear is that human …