Author: Sarah Davis

Should Trucking Fleets Ban Cell Phone Usage?

Cell phones offer truck drivers useful information such as weather and delivery points which can significantly ease their jobs. However, cell phones in fleets also present the risk for distracting drivers.  Distraction leaders to accidents.  The wrecks can result in thousands of dollars in ruined materials and numerous injuries and/or fatalities.  Cell phone usage while …

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Safety and Savings in Trucking: Platooning

This year, Omnitracs, a transportation software company, invested $60 million in Peloton Technology, which specializes in automated vehicle software. What would justify that $60 million investment?  The answer is the ability to utilize truck platooning. What is Truck Platooning? Peloton’s truck platooning uses “forward collision avoidance system and vehicle-to-vehicle communication to allow two trucks to …

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Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” Executive Order Could Affect Industry

On April 18, 2017, the White House announced President Trump’s “Buy American and Hire American” executive order.  The executive order aims to promote American manufactures through forcing companies to use American products in their operations.  In addition, the executive order requires American companies to hire U.S. citizens to conduct the company’s operations.  On the surface, …

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The Decrease of Worker Salary in California’s Construction Industry

For decades, the worker salary in California’s construction industry has been trending downwards.  In 1973, the hourly wage of a U.S. construction worker was $31.84, while in 2016, the wage is $25.97 (adjusted for inflation).  Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and unionstats.com show the drop in construction worker pay as mirroring the reduction …

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