Truckers and supporters gather in Delta, B.C. on Jan. 23 before departing on a cross-country convoy that arrived in Ottawa five days later.
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The movie franchise ‘Mad Max’ contains a cautionary tale about our over-reliance on fuel for vehicles. This dependence has been highlighted by the ‘freedom convoy’ and its relationships with fuel.
Large numbers of trucks not only add to road construction and maintenance bills, they also make our roads less safe and more congested and add to noise and air pollution.
Ford calls its all-electric F-150 Lightning “the truck of the future.”
Ford’s electric F-150 pickup won’t roll off assembly lines until early 2022, but the company has received thousands of preorders already for a vehicle aimed at the mass market, not eco-buyers.
Efficient shipping and storage could prevent a lot of wasted vaccines.
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COVID-19 vaccines have very specific storage requirements that make shipping a difficult task. Two ideas – fulfillment centers and cross-docking – could help overcome some distribution challenges.
We’re on the road again. Getting enough COVID-19 vaccine to where it’s needed in a given time frame is the next logistical hurdle.
Trucks, planes and storage facilities all need to be able to keep a vaccine cold.
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The cold supply chain keeps vaccines fresh during distribution, but the current system is nowhere near large enough to distribute the billions of COVID-19 vaccines that the world needs.
A traffic jam on a busy highway near Vancouver, B.C.
Vehicles in Canada are big, heavy and guzzle a lot of gasoline.
Unloading packages and arranging them for delivery in New York City.
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Rising e-commerce means more delivery trucks and urban gridlock. Lockers at transit centers, where carriers can leave packages for people who live or work nearby, are a potential solution.
More than half of all U.S. truck drivers exceed the federal limit of 60 hours per week.
Low pay pushes drivers to work extremely long hours, causing more crashes and more traffic deaths.
Most drivers have limited awareness of how to be safe around trucks.
Most road fatalities involving heavy vehicles are caused by the other party, not the truck driver. We need to educate road users on how to be safer around trucks.
Ford has doubled down on its best-selling pickup trucks.
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For 30 years, it’s been the best-selling vehicle in the US.
There is evidence to suggest there is a ‘system’ of factors influencing truck crashes.
A rethink in the approach to road freight transport safety is urgently required to reduce fatalities and injuries.
Truck platooning involves a lead truck with a driver guiding other trucks through vehicle to vehicle communication.
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Elon Musk’s new Semi has platooning capability - where multiple trucks commute in a line with a single driver in the lead vehicle. But could it work in Australia?
A fully loaded semitrailer can cause 10,000 times more damage to roads than a family car.
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Australia should follow the lead of other nations like New Zealand and Switzerland and increase the charges for heavy vehicles on roads, proportionate to the amount of wear and tear they cause.
Owner operator truckers argue that the pay order from the Road Safety Renumeration Tribunal is pricing them out of the market.
If the federal government abolishes the Road Safety Renumeration Tribunal, a minimum pay to improve the safety of truckers is less likely to ever be addressed.
Was Anthony Albanese right about truck driver pay and safety?
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Was Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport, Anthony Albanese, right to say that evidence shows better pay for truck drivers will improve safety?
It’s time we found a way to make our trucks greener.
Truck transport accounts for roughly 25% of energy used in the global transport sector, making it a substantial contributor (2.6%) to worldwide greenhouse gas emissions. As concerns about greenhouse gas…