Commercial trucking has been an integral part of Canada’s economy since the early 1940s, helping support their contribution to World War II and laying the foundation for its national highway system. Like every industry, it has faced disruption as a result of technological advancement, legislative changes, and other societal factors. As it’s a multibillion-dollar industry, staying ahead of the latest trends within Canada’s unique trucking landscape is an important way to ensure sustainable growth over the coming years.
Fleet managers and drivers, here are the top three trends to watch:
1: Changing Regulations and Compliance. One of the most significant changes on the road ahead for Canadian trucking organizations is the implementation of the Canadian Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, set to go into effect next year. This will set an industry-standard in how fleets monitor critical pieces of information like how long drivers are spending on the road. Organizations will need to equip fleets with devices that are up to code to avoid fines and other penalties. See our post Canadian ELD Compliance? Not a problem for more information about the Canadian ELD Mandate.
2: Industry Efforts to Curb Emissions. Canada is one of the leading global voices in reducing environmental impact. Its trucking industry is doing its part as well, with the Alberta Motor Transport Association testing two heavy-duty hydrogen-power freight vehicles. While the project is still in the early stages and is slated to run until 2022, its success could mean a new standard in freight vehicles across the country, eliminating roughly 12 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions each year.
3: Growing Demand for Drivers. A recent trucking survey in Canada revealed that the majority of respondents (57 percent) were considering expanding their operations into new markets. As fleets begin the hiring process for this expansion, the industry will naturally buck against an already significant driver shortage issue. One way organizations are looking to combat this is by expanding into new driver demographics, looking towards women and immigrant populations to meet the need.
Regardless of industry or location, change is happening at an increasingly fast pace. It’s up to trucking organizations to partner with their drivers and staff to stay ahead of evolving needs and tap the right resources to ensure success.