How Has the Trucking Industry Changed?
Trucking as a profession or career has definitely acquired some stereotypes over the years. These both good and bad stereotypes have shaped the industry into what it is today, but has the trucking industry changed for the better or worse over the years? Its seeming more and more that the trucking industry is making significant changes to combat some of the negativity that has built up over the years. These
changes are in hopes of bringing back the love of trucking and proving that times have changed for the better. Lets take a look at some of them:
Technology has probably played the biggest role in positively advancing the trucking industry. One huge issue the industry has faced over the years is log books falsification. This means a company forcing you to do illegal amounts of runs and times, but logging legal amounts for the paperwork. Illegal logging is not only dangerous for the company (lawsuits and all) but also unfair for the driver. This issue had caused a decline in drivers since they didn't want to get involved in the illegality of it and they also didn't to be shorted hours. The trucking industry today is making use of electronic logs which will soon be a requirement for each company. These electronic logs not only make it easier and faster for you to log your time, they also keep your logs accurate and employers wouldn't be able to falsify logs any longer. Technology has made it easier for better communication from and with drivers to get them out of emergencies such as being stranded in the snow.
Regulations have changed and will continue to change over the years to potentialyl better the industry. We talked about the electronic logs which will be required for each company to more accurately and legally log driving times. Regulations regarding vehicle maintenance are also being strictly enforced and companies are updating trucks on a more frequent basis. Age restrictions are also changing allowing for younger individuals to be able to obtain their CDL licenses and get on the road sooner. This one can get a bit controversial because the fear remains that younger kids may not be experienced or responsible enough to operate a commercial vehicle, but this is where the importance of training comes in. These regulations are being to put into place to not only better the industry but to keep drivers safer and more comfortable in their environment.
Pay & Benefits
Aside from technology. pay has also made some of the biggest changes over the years in regards to the trucking industry. Pay has taken some time to catch up with the evolving times, but the trucking industry is becoming more important than ever and companies have realized that in order to bring the most positive change, pay structures would have to change drastically. They definitely have and more and more changes are continuing to happen. Companies have built structures where they offer hourly pay, millage pay, bonus pay, etc. in order to be able to compensate drivers better. Companies such as Armada Trucking Group are offering benefits along with structural pay which provides medical, dental, vision, and life insurance for employees. All these pay changes are making it possible to turn trucking into a career you can build a future with.