Over the past two decades, innovation, technology, and societal trends have revolutionized the way Americans live, work, and how they use our transportation system to enhance their lives. These trends are not only ongoing, they are accelerating. One of the prime drivers of these technology-enabled trends are on-line sales platforms led by eBay, Amazon, Etsy, and traditional retailers selling directly online. Yesterday’s standard 5-7 business day delivery has evolved into today’s same day delivery, providing ease of access to everyday items with the click of a mouse.
Today, e-commerce has become a staple of American life, as more than 69 percent of Americans shop online each month. For households with two working parents, single mothers and fathers, college students working to pay for textbooks, mid-career professionals spending nights studying to advance their career, senior citizens, disabled individuals, or those living in distant rural areas or the inner city, the ease of shopping for clothes, food, home goods, and more from a laptop or mobile phone means access and freedoms that would otherwise be difficult.
The private sector continues to make investments in new technologies, including upgraded fleets and more, to ensure our transportation system is as efficient, as sustainable, and as safe as possible so all Americans can participate in the new economy. We need the same forward-looking effort from our partners in federal and state governments so all Americans have access to the full promise enabled by a modern transportation system that is environmentally sustainable, technologically advanced, and increasingly safe.
NASSTRAC, along with Amazon, FedEx, UPS, and YRC, have joined Americans for Modern Transportation (AMT) which supports efforts to reduce emissions and improve fuel efficiency. Reducing oil consumption through more efficient transportation improves environmental quality and strengthens our economic and national security. The tenets outlined below can make a difference for all Americans.
Commonsense solutions to increase shipping capacity are necessary as more consumers realize the benefits of e-commerce and America’s existing transportation infrastructure struggles to keep up with the growing needs and demands of a changing and growing nation.
- Advanced trucking equipment like Twin 33 trailers are low-hanging fruit for rapidly increasing fuel efficiency, cutting emissions, and making our highways safer. Fully utilized on the national highway network, Twin 33s in particular can reduce carbon emissions by 4.4 billion pounds, save 204 million gallons of fuel, and eliminate 912 crashes over the course of a year – all without compromising the condition or safety of our nation’s highways.
- In fact, Twin 33s perform equal to or better than current trailer combinations in four critical safety measurements: static rollover threshold, rearward amplification, load transfer ratio, and high speed transient off tracking.
- The adoption of advanced trucking equipment will be a win-win: relieving stress on road infrastructure and reducing congestion while enabling companies to ship more goods per trip.
This is our opportunity to finally work toward achieving some measure of productivity improvement in the transportation sector. It is important that the Shipper’s Voice is Heard. Stay tuned for more information on this important topic.