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Trucking Industry and Climate Change

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In an October 29 op-ed in trucknews.com, industry “insider” Al Goodhall expressed his concern that those in the trucking industry “don’t talk a lot about climate change or climate science . . . which is at odds with the fact the transportation industry is a massive consumer of fossil fuels.” Goodhall believes that this lack of concern deters young people from wanting to be a part of the industry. His solution?

When it comes to the issues of climate change action and improved fuel efficiency, I believe the driver is the key. This is also where the solution to the driver shortage can be found.

For this to happen we need to first realize that driver training goes far beyond skills training and implementing rules and systems that govern individual actions.

Over the years I’ve learned that in order to enhance my performance, I need to have autonomy and be empowered with the responsibility to make decisions out here on the road. When treated with trust and respect, most of us respond with commitment and loyalty. That has been my experience. I have been fortunate in that respect.

Somehow we need to pull all of these things together. We need to take a leading role in reducing carbon emissions and sing that from the rooftops. We need to open up our industry to new blood by letting people know that they can be the change they want to see in the future, that their personal contributions in the trucking industry can have significant and immediate impacts. We need to treat people well. We need national training programs that are universally available to drivers and carriers that support the full trucking experience.



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Inefficiency a Bigger Problem Than Driver Shortage

Dan Lewis, CEO of digital freight matching company Convoy, told CNBC on October 18 that trucks are running across the country empty 30 to 40 percent of the time (cnbc.com – 10/18/18) He hopes to change all that by utilizing that free space. “We think the next big thing in trucking is to actually automate Read More…

Aunt Lu’s Café — Best Buffet off I-80 in Clearfield, PA

“Sure you have your cranky drivers,” said Bonny Shaffer, the manager at Aunt Lu’s Café off I-80 in Clearfield, Pennsylvania, “but that doesn’t mean you don’t treat them like a member of the family. Some don’t get home for three months. We make them feel at home here.” Kindness aside, truckers have been parking their Read More…

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