Truck Industry in America

Glossary of terms

The trucking industry of America contributes to United States economy by transporting raw materials and finished goods over land from manufacturing factories to retail distribution centers and warehousing.

You must have Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to drive large trucks.To Obtain a CDL you're required to get extra education and special training. Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) regulate the working hours of commercial drivers. Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) issue these and some other rules with regard to safety of interstate commercial driving. FMCSA is a part of United States Department of Transportation (USDOT). It deals with all transportation industries such as airlines, shipping, railroads and trucking. Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is a branch of USDOT, and it handles rest of the issues. United States Environmental Protection Agency revised emission standards for diesel trucks to improve air quality and in turn the public health.

Technological developments such as internet and satellite communications have contributed to improvements in the trucking industry. They have positive effects on productivity of company operations by saving time and efforts of drivers. Since drivers spend long hours away from home, such technologies help them to relax as forms of entertainment.

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