Your June 22 Pre-Trip: Improving conditions for women in trucking

June 22, 2016
Here are five things worth knowing today.

Here are five things worth knowing today:

1. Former truck driver seeks to improve conditions on the road

Before earning her CDL, Kim Bourne worked as a trauma, ER and flight nurse in Kentucky for 13 years. In 2008, she earned her CDL and joined her husband on the road. According to a University of Kentucky News report, though Bourne enjoyed life on the road, she also witnessed the ugly side of trucking. She noticed women in the profession were often victims of sexual harassment and oppression at truck stops and over CB radios. Bourne eventually retired from the industry and went to graduate school. Now, she plans on conducting research on the disparities among female truck drivers and domestic violence within the trucking industry. UK News has more.

2. Shippers urged to lock in rates now

According to a Spend Matters report, since trucking costs are due to rise, locking in rates near current levels will generate savings. Economist Paul Robinson states: “Rising oil prices are filtering through to fuel prices and finally to trucking rates, hitting the industry as it also grapples with the ongoing driver shortage. The most likely response to that shortage is that wages will also have to rise, giving further support to rising rates.” Spend Matters has more.

3. Flow Below Aero raises $1.5M

Developer of aerodynamic systems for tractor-trailers, Flow Below Aero reported that it raised $1.5 million, the Austin Business Journal reports. Flow Below’s AeroKit system is designed to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve fuel efficiency by more than 2%, the company said. According to the report, it costs $1,800 to outfit one vehicle.

4. Food truck tackles food inequity

Some Kansas City entrepreneurs are using the concept of food trucks to tackle food inequity in their city. According to a KCUR Morning Edition report, the Rollin’ Grocer, a custom-built trailer that boasts air conditioning, refrigeration, a security system, and more than 600 different items, parks in front of areas of the city that lack full-service grocery stores. KCUR has more.

5. Workhorse Group lauds new FAA rules for commercial drone flights

Workhorse Group applauds the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) June 21 release of new rules approving the routine commercial use of drones weighing less than 55 lbs. The rules allow drone operators to fly without special permission from the FAA. Steve Burns, CEO of Workhorse, said: “The FAA’s new rules represent a welcomed first step in the modernization of commercial drone flights in the United States. We believe Workhorse is uniquely placed within the commercial package delivery sector to take advantage of this rule. Unlike other companies that are likely to adapt off-the-shelf drone technology for package delivery, Workhorse has been alone in conceiving a truck-and-drone delivery model literally from the ground up. Our HorseFly drone provides an ideal drone-based package delivery system in tandem with our Workhorse E-GEN electric delivery truck. In addition to the financial savings and environmental benefits Workhorse provides, the drone and truck combination satisfies the operational limits outlined by the FAA today. This includes the ability to maintain visual contact with the drone as it approaches a residence to drop off a package. We are currently studying the FAA rules in detail and plan to take advantage of the greater leeway they allow us as the drone-based package delivery space continues to evolve rapidly.”

About the Author

Cristina Commendatore

Cristina Commendatore is the Editor in Chief of FleetOwner magazine. She has reported on the transportation industry since 2015, covering topics such as business operational challenges, driver and technician shortages, truck safety, and new vehicle technologies. She holds a master’s degree in journalism from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.

Sponsored Recommendations

Reducing CSA Violations & Increasing Safety With Advanced Trailer Telematics

Keep the roads safer with advanced trailer telematics. In this whitepaper, see how you can gain insights that lead to increased safety and reduced roadside incidents—keeping drivers...

80% Fewer Towable Accidents - 10 Key Strategies

After installing grille guards on all of their Class 8 trucks, a major Midwest fleet reported they had reduced their number of towable accidents by 80% post installation – including...

Proactive Fleet Safety: A Guide to Improved Efficiency and Profitability

Each year, carriers lose around 32.6 billion vehicle hours as a result of weather-related congestion. Discover how to shift from reactive to proactive, improve efficiency, and...

Tackling the Tech Shortage: Lessons in Recruiting Talent and Reducing Turnover

Discover innovative strategies for recruiting and retaining tech talent in the trucking industry at our April 16th webinar, where experts will share insights on competitive pay...

Voice your opinion!

To join the conversation, and become an exclusive member of FleetOwner, create an account today!