Types Of Trucks
The trucking industry is an important part of a country’s economy. It is a major component of the overall transportation industry and is a significant contributor to a country’s economic growth. Moving products across short or long distances requires a modern fleet of trucks that can deliver efficiently to its ultimate destination – the customer’s doorstep. Many big shipping lines also operate trucking companies to complement each other’s business operations. The biggest threat to the trucking industry is the continuous rise of fuel prices. Many trucking operations are squeezed between high fuel expenses and lower trucking rates due to intense competition. In many cases, truckers are barely breaking even. There are also several owner-operators who had closed shop due to an inability to generate decent profits for themselves.
The trucking industry is plagued by a persistent manpower shortage due to high turnover rates. The majority of truck drivers are already middle-aged or about to retire and few applicants are interested in this type of profession due to its bad image regarding health and safety issues. The truck driving industry has one of the highest deaths rate of any occupation and truck drivers are 5 times more likely to die than the average citizen. However, legislation have been supportive enough to recognize the inherent risks and has mandated reduced working hours to minimize driver fatigue.
This site is more about skip hire, grab hires and moving hires which are considered to be less hazardous compared to really big trucks such as tractor-trailers, lorry and tankers. Drivers of these vehicles have to pass certain strict requirements such as actual driving skills and theoretical knowledge to be issued a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Most heavy and dangerous loads such as liquid materials like gasoline, diesel fuel, crude oil and milk require a Class-A driver’s license due to the changing load balance from the liquid’s movements when travelling. Mandatory randomized drug-testing has reduced the number of accidents and fatalities in the industry. Further safety and security measures were adopted by installing electronic devices that can monitor a fleet’s movements.