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12 Trucking Takeaways from 2019

As we head into 2020, HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge shares her top takeaways from 2019 on the trends affecting trucking.

Ohio Yellow Cab Adds EVs to Taxi Fleet

Yellow Cab of Columbus in Ohio has purchased 10 Chevrolet Bolt EVs for its fleet of 200 taxi vehicles with the help of a fleet incentives provided by a private grant, according to the company.

Unintended Consequences of the ELD Mandate

In a six-month analysis, the FMCSA reported hours of service (HOS) violations have steadily decreased, which is good news and a testament to the efficacy of ELD technology. However, there continue to be negative unintended consequences caused by the constraints and inflexibility with HOS rules that hinder compliance.

8 Trends to Watch in Trucking in 2019

Reporting on the trucking industry was eventful in 2018, and it looks to get even more exciting in 2019. HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge shares her predictions for where we're going with drivers, regulations, technology and more.

Tesla Removed from Crash Investigation for Violating NTSB Rules

Tesla will no longer be able to participate in the National Transportation Safety Board investigation of a fatal crash involving a Tesla Model X after it violated the agency’s rules on sharing investigative information before being vetted and confirmed.

WEX Adds Driver Messaging to ClearView Platform

WEX Inc. of South Portland, Maine, has introduced its next-generation platform as ClearView Advanced, which adds features that help fleet managers better identify drivers who purchase expensive gasoline and send them messages.

Avoid Repeating Past Inefficiencies: Build the Truck to Match Today’s Application

I asked one fleet manager how he spec’ed replacement trucks for his fleet application. He related that many years earlier an OEM rep spec’ed out his trucks and he has been using the same formula ever since. While this may work in some cases, specifications should be defined by today’s fleet application to ensure the replacement truck is designed to accommodate current operational requirements rather than trying to make your operation conform to trucks spec’ed for yesteryear’s requirements.

Drivers Aren’t Users, They’re Customers

Some fleet managers have an adversarial relationship with drivers. These internal customers aren’t your nemesis. In order to develop a service mindset, you need to view work from the customers’ perspectives. Define your functions with the customer in mind. The fleet manager is responsible for creating a fleet culture that values all internal customers, even difficult ones.

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