The large delivery company wants its drivers in Mammoth Lakes and Bridgeport
to stay on the road longer and take fewer breaks.
The new trucks will “eliminate range anxiety,” according to
Workhorse CEO Steve Burns, whose company will supply the trucks. These
vehicles have smaller engines that can re-charge the primary battery while
travelling and go up to 60 miles; after 60 miles, a “range extender”
automatically comes on to reduce speed and extend range. United Parcel
Service’s deal with the Ohio startup is part of the shipping giant’s
reduce overall fuel consumption by 10 percent per year.
The $50,000 per unit trucks will roll out in eight states by the end of the year.
With the trucking industry embroiled in a
dispute over rest breaks, instructing drivers to stay behind the wheel longer
may not go over too well with some people. Furthermore, if larger versions
of these vehicles appear for interstate transportation, drivers could
run afoul of federally-mandated safety scores.
Safety Measurement System score has a significant impact on truckers. Many insurance companies use
SMS scores to set rates, and some employers use these metrics to extend
employment offers or current employment agreements. In addition to HOS
(hours of service), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration keeps track of:
- Inspection reports,
- Vehicle maintenance,
- Crash data, and
- Moving violations.
Other areas of interest include alcohol and drug-related offenses and infractions.
SMS scores usually take into account points assessed against both private
and commercial vehicles.
Since the government typically uses law enforcement information as its
source, these scores are sometimes inaccurate. For example, a fix-it ticket
could still show up as an adverse event, even if the driver remedied the
problem and the judge dismissed the ticket. An attorney can help ensure
that your score is accurate.
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