A healthy economy means many things for the trucking industry. With business growth comes more to manage: more freight to move, more miles to cover, more vehicles, and more drivers—about 6.2 million as of 2017—to keep everything rolling.
Recently, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) conducted tests that show strong side underride guards on tractor trailers are effective for preventing underride crashes. Underride guards are steel bars attached below a trailer to prevent a smaller vehicle from going under the trailer during a crash.
An updated iiX analysis confirms that motor vehicle report (MVR) fees have continued to increase over the past decade, during which time state registry fees reached a cumulative 50 percent rise nationwide. Across the country, the average MVR fee stood at $9.64 as of January 1, 2017, compared with roughly $6.50 ten years ago.
In 2014, in the United States, 3,903 people were killed and an estimated 111,000 were injured in police-reported traffic crashes involving large trucks. Seven percent of the fatal crashes involved a truck hitting the rear of another vehicle. In an effort to reduce crashes, a number of trucks are currently equipped with crash avoidance systems (CAS) which alert drivers to impending conflicts with objects and may initiate automatic emergency braking (AEB).
They’re called self-driving, driverless, autonomous, and highly automated vehicles. According to CB Insights, as of August 2016, nearly 33 companies—both start-ups and household names—are devoting resources to developing self-driving vehicles. Thousands of engineers are working on this new technology. Before long, self-driving cars and trucks will become an integral part of package deliveries and trucking.
As anticipated, it appears that the Texas Driver Monitoring Service (DRMS) is on track to launch by early 2017, according to what we are being told by the state. The program will enable both employers and insurers to monitor driving records of Texas-licensed employees and insured drivers for adverse activity, such as a driver’s license status change or a new moving violation.