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Issues Impacting the Trucking Industry Right Now
- June 12, 2020
- Madeline S.
The transportation industry has faced a lot of hurdles in recent years, but 2020 has been especially rough. The industry is resilient and will continue to succeed no matter what is thrown it's way. However, trucking companies should be aware of some of the latest issues impacting the industry. Here are a few issues that could impact your businesses right now.
The COVID-19 pandemic took the world by surprise. For the past few months people have been forced inside to slow down the spread and businesses have had to shutter. While restrictions are beginning to loosen the trucking industry is still feeling its impact. From fluctuating demand and rates to remote working and social distancing, all aspects of the transportation industry have felt the effects of this pandemic.
Protests began in the U.S. a little over a week ago to fight against racism and police brutality in the country. Civil unrest has now spread to all parts of the country and even into Canada. While the majority of these protests have been peaceful, violence has been escalating on both sides. This has resulted in closed-off sections of cities and blocked roadways, which has caused delays. Curfews and escalating tensions have also required truck drivers to alter their routes and schedules.
The U.S. has finally announced its new Hours of Service regulations. The trucking industry has been displeased with old rules for the past few years, claiming they are too strict. The new regulations address these concerns, providing more flexibility for drivers so that they can handle delays from long detention times, weather, or traffic without fear of breaking these rules.
Weather is always a concern for the trucking industry, no matter what time of year it is. Hurricane season is set to officially begin soon and experts are estimating it could be a rough season. Natural disasters such as hurricanes always have an impact on trucking demand and rates, as well as route delays.
The importance of adopting and utilizing technology within the trucking industry is more important now than ever. Navigating these challenges and managing delays is made easier with AVAAL Express Trucking Management Software and AVAAL Freight Management Software. The remote capability allows your business to make decisions as issues arise so that you can continue to meet the needs of your clients no matter what comes your way.