We have come to the end of another year. Perhaps it is just us, but this one seemed to be the fastest one of the 2020s decade thus far. Here are the biggest articles of each month in the trucking industry, as voted by your eyes!
In case you need a timeframe reference for how long (or short) this year was, January is when the Supreme Court ruled against vaccine mandates. The Court ruled that the mandates set by OSHA were far too broad for what OSHA’s intended purpose, dealing with occupational dangers, entailed.
With supply chain shortages hitting all areas of the economy, including the trucking industry, drivers were no doubt worried about the safety standards of their wheels and wanted to know more about the International Roadcheck for 2022, which highlighted wheel safety.
Rather than a news article regarding the trucking industry, the most popular article in March was a guide about top excavator brands. Did your favorite brand make the list?
Similarly to March, April caused people to take interest in what backhoe brands were best for their construction business.
Summaries for a month happen in the month after, and as such the most popular article for May was about freight rates in April 2022. Considering it was the first month in trucking’s history where flatbeds overtook reefer hauling on a per mile rate, it is not hard to see why.
FMCSA regulations can be very confusing, however, the FMCSA updating its driver qualification file rules to make it easier to understand attracted the attention of numerous readers.
The trucking industry in the most populous state had an earthquake of news when the Supreme Court declined to hear about the AB-5 case in July, and owner-operators driving under the Authority of a larger carrier were set to be classified as employees. As of now, truck driver organizations are still battling this legal war.
With the year in its last third, truckers were starting to worry about the tax year and how they can use loopholes to minimize their tax liability and save money. Section 179 did that for them.
Another FMCSA article that proved to be popular was about the ELD mandate, and changes to its certification process that were long overdue.
The Department of Transportation, in preparation for 2023, listed its intended regulations in a rulemaking report. Topics in it included speed limiters, automatic emergency braking, and data algorithms to identify high-risk drivers before they crash. None of these were popular amongst industry stakeholders.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) announced in November its plans to phase out the use of all fossil fuel trucks in fleets with 50 or more vehicles by 2042. The plan has been controversial, even amongst CARB’s own members.
Truck parking continues to be a major concern in the industry, so readers were excited to see that a bipartisan truck parking bill was introduced in the Senate during the last month of the year.
There is never a dull moment in the world of business. Whether it is construction with backhoes and excavators or the trucking industry with its regulations and rulings, things continue marching forward into 2023. We will do our best to keep you updated on things that may impact your decision to get your business some equipment.
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