This week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said it would roll
back Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards designed to ramp up
the efficiency of cars and light trucks.
Total employment in the for-hire trucking industry surged in March,
according to the Department of Labor’s monthly Employment Situation
report, adding 6,700 jobs. March’s gains follow a similar jump in
February, which saw trucking industry employment climb by 6,000 jobs.
Most autonomous efforts in trucking today, including platooning testing
and Freightliner’s 2015 Inspiration concept truck, involve Level II
automation (partial automation) as defined by the Society of Automotive
Engineers. These trucks simultaneously use a combination of advanced
driver assistance systems to control steering, acceleration and braking.
The driver is still required to maintain situational awareness of road
conditions and traffic and be ready to assume control instantly, similar
to the way we use cruise control on the highways today.
The Truck Renting and Leasing Association has asked the U.S. DOT to
waive short-term rental trucks from compliance with the electronic
logging device mandate through the end of 2018.
Trucking industry image group Trucking Moves America Forward raised
more than $1 million in 2017 to help enhance the public perception of
truckers and the industry as a whole, the group announced Wednesday.
Another drop in diesel fuel prices during the week ending March 12 has
prices at their lowest point since the beginning of the year, according
to the Department of Energy’s latest report.
CCJ‘s Indicators rounds up the latest reports on trucking business
indicators on rates, freight, equipment, the economy and more.
Oakley Trucking (No. 137 on the CCJ Top 250), a 100 percent
owner-operator fleet, has started a new per-mile pay increase that pays
drivers based on their Compliance, Safety, Accountability scores.
A report issued last week by the White House reiterates the Trump
Administration’s stance that tolling should be a prime mechanism for
boosting highway funding. The report also says that the administration
doesn’t think trucking pays enough in taxes to offset “the negative
externalities [trucks] generate” relative to highway conditions,
congestion and “accident risk.”
Diesel fuel prices during the week ending Feb. 26 continued a recent downward trend, falling 2 cents to $3 per gallon.