Trucking & Motor Carriers
Florida’s transportation system supports the nation’s 4th largest economy and 3rd largest population, provides 540,000 jobs, and directly affects our daily lives. Trucking is a huge component of goods movement, and impacts both freight and passenger travel.
Florida is a major gateway for merchandise trade between North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, and other world regions. In 2014, a total of $153.2 billion in merchandise trade entered or exited the United States through Florida’s Customs Districts. This is the 3rd highest level ever recorded in Florida.
The technology of transportation is changing rapidly, including both vehicles and the way we move goods. Florida’s industry mix and land use patterns are adapting to meet future needs, and the speed of change will only increase. The world is changing, and we must shift our thought process as a Department of Transportation to address today’s issues. That includes planning to move both people and freight.
FDOT’s historical approach to Motor Carrier has been in terms of asset protection (compliance and size and weight issues) and safety. Going forward, we plan to also focus on the facilitation of truck movement and addressing key motor carrier policy issues.
Importance of Motor Carriers
Trucks are, and will likely remain for the foreseeable future, the predominant mode for moving freight due to their speed, reliability and flexibility.
A number of critical issues and trends offer both opportunities and challenges for the trucking industry. These include funding for transportation and its impact on trucking costs; urban congestion and bottlenecks; labor issues; security requirements; size and weight restrictions, and their effect on efficiency; hours of service; cell phone usage; toll facilities; intelligent transportation systems; exclusive truck facilities, seaport connectors, intermodal logistics centers, and inland ports; and hub-to-hub trips vs. distribution trips.
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