Measuring the Impacts of COVID-19 on the Trucking industry: A Spatial and Econometric Framework to Capture the Impacts of the Hours-of-Service (HOS) Emergency Declaration and Congestion Effects on Truck Driver Safety

The trucking industry is facing extreme challenges. Supply chain disruptions and national emergency delivery needs are causing truck drivers to work longer hours, while trucking in other areas such as the restaurant supply and equipment for live events, have ceased or are operating at 25% capacity. A recent article from Roberts (2020) and a recent covid-19 national truck driver survey performed by the PI1, indicate that truck drivers are struggling to protect their health while out on the road. These same studies have also found that truckers are struggling to find safe and adequate truck parking (Ford, 2020). The goal of this research is to develop a heterogeneity-based econometric framework to capture the impacts of the hours-of-service (HOS) emergency declaration instituted by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) and reduced congestions effects. This will be centered on telematics technology from EROAD and a recently completed COVID-19 National Truck Driver Survey conducted by the PI. EROAD is a company that develops and implements technology to modernize traditional paper-based systems within the trucking industry. As part of this modernization, EROAD collects the data used for generating reliable truck driver safety performance measures. To accomplish this, the Pacific Northwest will be used as a case study which will allow for the evaluation of truck driver safety and cross referencing it with existing state motor carrier crash databases.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $80000
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium

    University of Washington
    More Hall Room 112
    Seattle, WA  United States  98195-2700
  • Project Managers:

    Hernandez, Salvador

  • Performing Organizations:

    Oregon State University, Corvallis

    Department of Civil Engineering
    202 Apperson Hall
    Corvallis, OR  United States  97331-2302
  • Principal Investigators:

    Hernandez, Salvador

  • Start Date: 20200816
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220815
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764461
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Pacific Northwest Transportation Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551747110
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Feb 4 2021 10:33PM