Overdrive November, 2019 – California, Truckers, and the Gig Economy

Overdrive November, 2019 – California, Truckers, and the Gig Economy

By John Kearney ​Earlier this fall, the California legislature passed—and the governor signed—Assembly Bill 5, which takes aim at the so-called gig economy. This is well-intentioned legislation, and it addresses some real problems in today’s labor economy; there are...
Millennials and Trucking: A Perfect Match?

Millennials and Trucking: A Perfect Match?

By John Kearney ​The Millennial generation, people born between about 1983 and 2000, will make up 75% of the American workforce. Already, according to some calculations, they’ve surpassed the baby boomers in terms of economic clout and buying power. As they step...
FMCSA Proposes Eased Hours-of-Service Rules

FMCSA Proposes Eased Hours-of-Service Rules

By John Kearney ​The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has recently proposed a set of changes to the hours-of-service rules that govern the number of hours per day truckers are permitted to spend behind the wheel, as well as the rest breaks they are required...
Trucking Firms Seek to Recruit Women Drivers

Trucking Firms Seek to Recruit Women Drivers

By John Kearney The latest figures from American Trucking Associations show the U.S. driver shortage easing somewhat, from 60,000 last year to 59,500 in 2019. Unfortunately, says ATA, that’s a fleeting and temporary bit of good news, partly due to a lull in freight...
Simulation Needed to Save Lives

Simulation Needed to Save Lives

By John Kearney On a Thursday afternoon in late April, an 18-wheeler lost control on Interstate 70 outside of Denver and plowed into a line of eastbound traffic that was stopped because of an accident ahead. The crash caused a fire that engulfed numerous vehicles;...
Trucker Shortage Cramps Texas Oil Field Output

Trucker Shortage Cramps Texas Oil Field Output

One of the most oil-rich places in the United States is the Permian Basin shale formation that underlies large chunks of west Texas and southeastern New Mexico. It’s a huge area, 86,000 square miles, and it’s been producing oil since the early 1920s. The most recent...