What Have We Done For You This Week?

This week, the Ohio Trucking Association testified before the Ohio House Transportation and Public Safety Committee on the impacts of autonomous vehicles. Chairman Doug Green 's(R-66) committee will study the impacts of this technology to ensure that Ohio is staying in front of the ever-changing landscape of autonomous vehicles, and will enact the policies to match. During the OTA's testimony, Tom Balzer laid out the current types of driver assisted technologies being deployed in the industry; the challenges that a completely autonomous national fleet would have to overcome to be a reality; and the workforce impacts. This is part of a seven-month long study committee, with a report to be complied sometime this spring.

The continuing saga of driver shortages

The national truck driver shortage is expected to reach 50,000 by the end of 2017, with the gap widening to 174,000 by 2026. It's time to get serious about finding solutions.