Big Developments In Trucking

The trucking industry is constantly changing. Logistics always evolve in parallel with social, environmental and technological developments. Here are four of the most significant ways that trucking is changing today.

Electric Vehicles

The age of the combustion engine is drawing to a close. The fossil fuels used to power conventional trucks are the result of millions of years of chemical changes. Oil used to make diesel, for instance, comprises the remains of prehistoric organisms trapped beneath rocks. This is a finite resource. The price of oil-based fuels is destined to rise as stockpiles run out.

Electrical vehicles and renewable energy power supplies are essential to the future of logistics. Electric vehicles are nothing new. In the early 1900s, electric cars and vans were popular city runarounds. Modern electric trucks, such as those in development at Volvo and Tesla, will provide roughly equivalent performance to diesel vehicles without relying upon fossil fuels. Some large logistics companies are already investing huge quantities of money in new electric fleets to offset predicted fuel crises.

Monitoring

Truck drivers have a long earned reputation as lone wolves – being left to their own thoughts and movements during their long-haul trips. This freedom is a thing of the past, however. Large trucking companies increasingly monitor their drivers to check that they take breaks at the right time, don’t look at their phones and do not break the rules of the road. Increased monitoring helps companies keep better safety records. Some drivers object to the increased watchfulness of their employers, seeing it as an encroachment on a long held tradition of personal freedom in the trade.

Legal Protection

Truck drivers used to be left on their own after accidents. The cost – both physical and financial – would be shouldered by individual truckers who owned their rigs. The rise of large trucking companies and the ease with which drivers can hire a truck accident attorney has meant that drivers have far more legal protection these days.

Trucking accidents are still devastating events for drivers, whether they re injured or not. Claiming compensation or fighting for insurance payouts still takes a great deal of stress and effort. Truckers will always be somewhat vulnerable thanks to the unpredictable nature of their work.

Brexit

Trucking is an international endeavor. Truck drivers regularly cross borders to deliver their loads. When those borders close, the truckers on the front line of the logistics industry can suffer a great deal. Brexit is a rather extreme example of how international border bureaucracy can have a knock-on effect on trucking. Huge backlogs of trucks have been lining up on Irish and Franco-English borders as they negotiate the increased security checks made necessary by the exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Truck drivers coming to and from Mexico already know all too well of the trials of a trucker crossing tightly controlled borders. Border guards tasked with stopping illegal immigration often make life very difficult even for law-abiding truckers.