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Top Semi-Truck Industry Trends in 2017

2017 is here, and it's time for another great year of trucking. Recently, Vic Lance wrote about industry news and trends to look toward as we drive our way into the New Year. Here are a few semi-truck industry trends to keep an eye on as you hit the road this year:

  • Unified Regulation Systems (URS). All semi-trucks required to register with the FMCSA will soon be able to register and pay using a simple online registration process that streamlines the paperwork and will save money and time. Due to challenges with securely migrating data, the FMCSA extended the deadline of the next implementation to beyond January 14. Keep an eye on this one to see when it becomes available.
  • New technology: Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) and Speed-Limiting Devices. Barring court challenges changing the law, trucks will need to install ELDs, which will track every truck's movements, starting in December 2017. DOT also continues to consider rules that would require speed-limiting technology to safely control truck speeds, but hasn't made a decision yet.
  • Impact of President Trump. It remains to be seen how the semi-truck industry will be impacted by Trump's presidency. Trump proposed earmarking $1 trillion over 10 years to improve infrastructure, which will help the trucking industry if it goes through. It's also likely Trump will relax the current greenhouse gas emission standards.
  • The trucker shortage continues. There's a shortage of truck drivers in the United States, an ongoing trend for years. This is an excellent time for truck drivers to renegotiate rules and standards to favor their needs, as well as for qualified new drivers to train in the industry and find employment.

 

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