Trucking news and briefings for Thursday, September 9, 2021:
Data shows that the number of road deaths is increasing, although the number of kilometers driven has decreased
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s early road fatality estimate for the first quarter of 2021.
The New Year got off to a hot start in terms of road deaths, with fatal accidents up 10.5% in the first quarter of this year compared to the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s early motor traffic estimate U.S. Department of Transportation fatalities in the first quarter of 2021.
The NHTSA estimates that 8,730 people were killed in traffic accidents in the first three months of 2021, and the increase comes even as the number of motoring decreases. Preliminary data from the Federal Highway Administration shows that vehicle miles traveled (VMT) decreased 2.1%, or approximately 14.9 billion miles, in the first three months of 2021. The death rate per 100 million VMT for the first quarter of 2021 rose to 1.26 deaths per 100 million VMT, up from the projected rate of 1.12 for the same period last year.
“We must address the tragic loss of life that we saw on the streets in 2020 by taking a transformative and collaborative approach to safety. Everyone – including those who design, operate, build and use the road system – share responsibility for road safety, ”said Dr. Steven Cliff, Acting Administrator of the NHTSA. “We work closely with our safety partners to address risky driving behavior such as speeding, driving disruptions and not buckling up.”
Early estimates for 2021 suggest that driving patterns and behaviors reported by the agency in 2020, which have changed significantly from previous years, remain prevalent and that drivers who stayed on the roads displayed more risky behaviors, including overspeeding, Failure to use seat belts and driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The preliminary figure for the first quarter of 2021 does not include truck-related accidents and fatalities, but previous NHTSA estimates show that deaths involving at least one large truck, which NHTSA defines as weighing more than 10,000 pounds, will occur in 2020 have decreased despite a general increase in road deaths.
Fleets asked to weigh top trucking concerns
Owner-operators and other truck industry stakeholders are asked to evaluate their key problems for the industry along with possible strategies for solving each problem.
The American Transportation Research Institute launched its annual survey on key industry topics on Wednesday. ATRI’s annual analysis, now in its 17th year, not only evaluates the issues as a whole, but also provides details on where freight forwarders and truck drivers rank critical issues differently.
“This survey only takes a few minutes to complete, but the impact can be immeasurable,” said Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, chairman of the American Trucking Associations, president and CEO of Garner Transportation Group. “The data provided by ATRI will set the course for the industry by providing a clear picture of the landscape we are facing.”
The survey will be available online here until October 15th. The results of the 2021 survey will be released on October 24th at ATA’s Management Conference & Exhibition in Nashville, Tennessee.
Fuel prices jump to highs by 2021
Diesel fuel prices in the US peaked in the week leading up to Labor Day in 2021, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report.
The US average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel is now $ 3.373, up 3.4 cents from the previous week. The previous high for 2021 was set in the week ending August 2, when prices hit $ 3.367 per gallon. Last week’s national average is also the highest since October 2018.
Last week, the largest price spike in the country was in the Gulf Coast region, where prices rose 4.4 cents, followed by the Midwest, which rose 4.3 cents.
The country’s most expensive diesel is in California at $ 4.316 per gallon, followed by the West Coast less California at $ 3.664 per gallon.
The cheapest fuel can be found in the Gulf Coast region at $ 3.104 per gallon, followed by the Lower Atlantic region at $ 3.24 per gallon.
The prices in other regions according to the DOE are:
- New England – $ 3,285
- Mid Atlantic – $ 3,483
- Midwest – $ 3,284
- Rocky Mountain – $ 3,645
ProMiles’ numbers that same week saw fuel prices rise 2.2 cents, bringing the national average to $ 3.277 per gallon.
According to ProMiles’ Fuel Surcharge Index, the most expensive diesel in California is available at $ 4.263 per gallon, and the cheapest in the Gulf Coast region at $ 3.047 per gallon.
Amazon plans three new facilities in Michigan as three more are opening
Amazon on Wednesday announced plans to open its first fulfillment center in central Michigan, along with three additional operating facilities that will support its customers in the Detroit and Grand Rapids metropolitan areas. The announcement comes as the company celebrates the opening of three new facilities in the state, including Amazon’s Pontiac robotics fulfillment center.
The company’s three planned facilities include the company’s eighth fulfillment center in Michigan, which will be located in Delta Charter Township; a new sorting center and delivery station in western Michigan in Gaines Township that will support Amazon’s middle and last mile delivery capabilities and increase delivery efficiency in southwest Michigan; and a new delivery station in Metro Detroit.
“We are excited to expand our investments with these new facilities across the state of Michigan,” said Alicia Boler Davis, Amazon senior vice president of global customer fulfillment. “This expansion allows us not only to better serve our customers across the state, but also to boost the local economy and create more job creation opportunities. We are proud to have created more than 21,000 jobs to date and look forward to continued growth in Michigan. “
The three Amazon Michigan locations that have now officially opened include the robotics fulfillment center in Pontiac; a non-sortable “XL” fulfillment center in Huron Charter Township that packs heavy and bulky items such as televisions; and a delivery station in Walker.