Ray Martinez, newly installed administrator of the FMCSA and on the job for only 4 weeks, asked the audience for input at a Listening Session on Friday at the Mid-America Trucking Show, and what he got was passion, emotion and pointed fingers.
“This is the best time – literally – in trucking in 30 years. So if you’re not having success, you need to figure out how to get success and take advantage.”
If you’re an owner-operator trucker, you could be well on your way to your best year in while thanks to favorable rates, reasonable gas prices and high demand for you.
An industrywide effort to promote a positive image for trucking raised $1.1 million in donations in 2017, the group’s leadership said at a March 14 news conference.
Kevin Burch, president of Jet Express Inc. and co-chairman of Trucking Moves America Forward, said the nonprofit group also installed 184 wraps on truck trailers — moving billboards promoting the industry to millions of highway motorists.
Mack Trucks continues to expand its extensive suite of uptime services with the rollout of Mack® Over The Air. Mack Over The Air enables remote software updates for powertrain components and vehicle parameters for Mack trucks equipped with Mack 2017 or newer engines.
As the truck driver shortage grows, aging workforce and cost of finding parking becoming bigger problems. The demand for truck drivers in only going to increase over the next decade, according to presentations here at the Omnitracs Outlook 2018 user conference, but the relative high age of the current driver workforce couple with the financial impact of issues such as the lack of truck parking will make finding and keeping drivers that much tougher.