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.
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.
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.