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COVID-19 puts truck drivers in high demand for transport of crucial goods

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Truck drivers are among those on the front lines as the U.S. fights through the COVID-19 outbreak. As demand for driver services skyrocketed, getting the job done became more complicated for some.

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Trucking industry in high demand during COVID-19 pandemic

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The trucking industry is in high demand amid the Coronavirus pandemic. Following President Donald Trump’s announcement of issuing a national emergency declaration, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also issued a national emergency declaration.

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As Covid-19 Spreads, Truckers Need to Keep on Trucking

AS CITIES AND states have raced to shut down businesses to prevent the spread of Covid-19, the roads have gone quieter. Normally gridlocked cities like Los Angeles and Chicago have seen much faster traffic speeds during so-called rush hour—53 percent and 70 percent, respectively—as residents hunker down and hope social distancing does its work.

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BUSINESSIn trucking, VR simulator training moving to center stage, says Florida firm

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Recent research from Brandon Hall Group shows that the use of virtual reality (VR) as a training modality is growing rapidly in “high-consequence” industries —those in which operator mistakes can cause significant property damage or fatalities or both. According to the study, nearly one third of surveyed companies in such industries identified VR tools as a top learning priority over the next 24 months — a 60% increase over two years.

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Ryder set to unfurl industry-first electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Ryder rang in the new year by unfurling its plans to develop an electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure to service its customers who deploy battery-electric trucks.

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Leveraging technology to calculate insurance risk, improve the bottom line

This is the second of a two-part series that looks at commercial truck insurance and how carriers can influence their insurability and affect their rates. Part 1, “Rise in truck crashes, large payouts, expected to boost insurance renewal rates this year,” can be found here: https://www.ccjdigital.com/rise-in-truck-crashes-large-payouts-expected-to-boost-insurance-renewal-rates-this-year/

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Parking perils: The increasing cost, and risk, of booting and towing

A practice that first arose more than half a century ago as a way for big-city administrators to punish parking-ticket scofflaws has come to truck parking. Truckers increasingly have reported the use of wheel boots, windshield barnacles and in some cases tow trucks to enforce parking prohibitions on private property.

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In push for stricter truck emissions regs, EPA also presses for ’50-state’ program

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is eyeing new federal regulations to further tighten heavy-duty truck emissions and to create a so-called “50-state program” that harmonizes emissions standards nationally.

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For at least two weeks, trucking companies are exempt from California’s contractor law

A California-based federal judge on New Year’s Eve issued a temporary stay of enforcement on the new California law that mostly bars motor carriers from contracting with owner-operator drivers. The decision came just a day before the law was set to take effect.

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Trucking in 2019: A look back the year’s top news and equipment and tech trends

California instituted major hurdles for fleets contracting with owner-operators. In a sweeping legislative package passed in September, California set into state law an effective prohibition of fleets contracting with owner-operator drivers. The law has spurred fleets of all sizes who operate in California to move away from the traditional owner-operator set-up, in which drivers who own their own rig lease their truck to a larger carrier and operate under their authority.

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