Ever wonder what would happen to our supply chain if there were no more latino truck drivers to support our transportation needs? Latino drivers seem to be the most taken advantage of and in some cases even treated unfairly in the industry. Many areas throughout the United States, take Latino’s kindness for granted and even mistake it as a sign of weakness. People tend to quickly forget to realize the impact a month without a single Latino truck driver would have on the US economy and its supply chain. Transportation makes up a hefty chunk of the US economy, in 2015, there were over three and a half million commercial Class 8 trucks (heavy duty big rigs – 18 wheelers) operating throughout the contingent 48 states. People of Hispanic origin are the country’s largest minority group, and make up nearly a fifth of the total US population. They are also a significant part of the trucking and transportation industry as a whole.
Latino Challenges in Transportation
Even with the vital contributions Latinos are making to the trucking industry, they continue to face uniquely designed challenges:
CDL Testing / Inspection Sites
Spanish is the second most spoken language in the United States, yet commercial skills tests are strictly conducted in English. Many older latinos struggle understanding some questions due to the complexity of the english language and improper translations triggering negative tests results.
Spanish speaking owner operators may struggle more than their anglophone counterparts in keeping up with constantly changing regulations. Information is not as readily available in their native tongue.
Overcharged Compliance Services
The older generation of Latinos aren’t very tech savvy and therefore, being overcharged for standard compliance services is common in the hispanic business community.
Latinos face heavy discrimination in certain areas of the United States
Hispanic Truck Drivers Must Strike Back!
Despite the seemingly large number of trucks on the road, the industry continues to be in a shortage of truck drivers in the United States. Transportation companies have begun making themselves more attractive to the Latino communities by advertising now hiring truck driver campaigns in Spanish. The Bureau of Labor Statistics report in 2015, states over 21% of workers employed as “Truck Drivers” were of hispanic or latino descent. In today’s society, many employers are taking proactive measures hiring bilingual team members to accommodate Latino drivers. Whether we realize it or not, we depend heavily on truckers of America to keep lifestyles citizens in other countries can only dream of having. Without Latino’s vital contribution to the industry yet alone to society and without a doubt our quality of life will cease to exist. So what would happen if Latinos nationwide decide to withdraw from the transportation industry? Maybe a similar scenario to the 2014 satirical film “A Day Without a Mexican.” (Chaos!) – However pick a bone with a Latino’s and like George Lopez said at a recent concert in Los Angeles “Be prepared to mess with us all”… Share your thoughts and comments here…
In 2011, the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory developed energy flow maps describes the need for sustainable technologies and how much energy consumers utilize in their respective countries around the globe. The global energy chart revealed consumers used 534,000 petajoules (PJ) of to energy worldwide. Oil, the major energy source, made up 60% of total energy consumed. The transportation industry is the largest consumer of oil, so we see the problem. Exacerbating the issue, researchers noticed an average of 290,000 PJ was “rejected energy.” Much of the energy gets lost as heat during combustion which results in highly inefficient energy consumption. The internet and technology contribute to the high use of energy, but are also starting to transform the way policy makers implement environmental and sustainable resource development. Through vehicle electronic logging monitoring systems and with the assistance of citizens in local communities, we can get closer to reaching our zero emissions goal.
Sustainable Vehicle Technologies Real-Time Air Quality Reporting:
Emissions Monitoring Tool
Monitors and records carbon dioxide emissions data from each vehicle giving drivers an idea of vehicle performance and wasted energy incurred. Clarity has developed a highly accurate particulate matter sensor to tackle air pollution.
Designing Policy Models
Singapore successfully initiated satellite positioning technologies that track vehicle location and measuring distance traveled. Policy makers encourage drivers by providing incentives to use “big data” in finding less congested routes.
New Regulations – Avoid Air Pollution Threats
Various data support systems and market-based policies aimed at reducing pollution are now in place. India has installed low-cost sensor technologies at factories to monitor air pollution, a growing threat to citizens health.
Publicly accessible data now informs people about current pollution and concentration levels. It’s crucial for the public to get involved with transportation’s decision making process. Having access to real-time air quality reports and prompt delivery notifications makes citizens in rural areas quickly aware of poor air quality conditions posing serious health threats. E-Logs Technology and JL Freight both aim to operate more sustainably and by reducing our carbon footprints to help contribute to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) goal of Zero Emissions by 2030. policy makers, environmentalists and government agencies to create emission standards to safeguard our personal and global health. Forward thinking – Making progress to reduce our carbon footprint. We strongly encourage all members of the public to get involved with the decision-making process in transportation. China shows how citizen engagement helps improve sustainable resource development measures through mandatory public disclosure programs. Ultimately, working together will improve quality of life for our families, friends, loved ones and future generations to come. Stay tuned for more detailed information and updates.
Everyone works to continuously improve the company to achieve sustainability, so that it can deliver long term benefits and immense value to all of its stakeholders. Sustainability is everybody’s job; only a strong management team can implement a sound corporate governance to achieve the goals of sustainability.
The Goals of Sustainability
Sustainability overview explains the concept of sustainable development which is rooted in the goals of sustainability, which include the following:
- Reduction and end of poverty and hunger
- Improved standards of healthcare and education
- Gender equality
- Protection and maintainability of the health of land, air and sea
- Responding to the effects of climate change and environmental factors that harm people
Companies that strive to achieve the goals of sustainability end up re-examining their policies on:
- Environmental Protection: To many people and businesses, environmental protection is the biggest concern when it comes to sustaining the future of humanity. Whether through recycling or reducing energy consumption, we are responsible for protecting our environment. We have to protect the ecosystems, use technology for a greener future and at the same time, find ways to prevent potential damage to nature as a result of technological advances.
- Social Responsibility: Social corporate responsibility is based on the ethical framework that every entity, organization or person has an obligation to take care of society and to sustain balance between the economy and the ecosystems.
- Economic Development: The concept of economic development is to give people the things they want without sacrificing their quality of life.
Companies adhering to the various ways of achieving the goals of sustainability find themselves looking at a sustainable future supported by emerging technologies. In practicing corporate social responsibility, companies participate in promoting good environmental practices in the community they belong to. Aside from that, they provide decent compensation to their employees thereby contributing to the improvement of the economy while sustaining environmental protection methods and social development.[trx_emailer group=”Newsletters” open=”yes” align=”center”][trx_reviews align=”center”]
Southern California’s Challenges to Fight Diesel Truck Pollution and Achieve “Near-Zero” Emission
We all know the rumbling of a heavy duty diesel truck, that big sound also means big pollution. Anti-smog regulators from Southern California are fighting diesel truck pollution. They petitioned the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to require near-zero emission from all new heavy-duty diesel trucks by January of 2024.
However, long phase-in periods will make this requirement a bit complicated. The trucking industry in California does not have adequate investment in new technology. Needless to say, the near-zero emission target will hit some bumps along the road. Important to note is that only a minority of trucks in California are 2010 models or newer. Pollution is dealt with in a combination of ways. For instance, the state’s Cap and Trade fund collects carbon emission payments from polluting industries. Diesel Technology Forum’s Allen Schaeffer hopes trucking companies receive some of these funds as incentives to buy less-polluting trucks. Another challenge to the fight against diesel truck pollution is that Southern California has the two biggest ports in the nation. Some of the line-haul trucks coming out of these ports register in other states. Trucks registered in Iowa or Oklahoma for instance get around regulations. They operate in California but don’t need to comply with state standards.
Effects on Air Quality
Southern California is one of two regions in the country that failed to meet the air quality standards of the Clean Air Act. When nitrogen oxides combine with compounds from factories and are exposed to sunlight, ozone gas is formed. Ozone causes serious lung diseases and health issues. You can expect rapidly reducing nitrogen oxides (NOx) levels in the air with lower emission diesel fuels and better engines. NOx are not safe and can cause chronic lung problems. According to the Air Quality Management District (AQMD), the federal government needs to get stricter in order to reach the near-zero emission goal for heavy-duty trucks. By implementing stringent standards, AQMD expects emissions of NOx to drop 70 percent.
Compressed Natural Gas Offers Some Relief
In order to achieve near-zero emission, the state approved truck engines that run on compressed natural gas (CNG). CNG powered buses perform better at lower speeds. Some vehicles with these engines meet the 0.02 grams standard, which means that they are certified in emitting at just 0.02 grams of NOx/hp-hr.
The AQMD and Air Resources Board (ARB) lent money to companies so as to facilitate production of CNG powered trucks with near-zero emissions. Moving toward zero emission or near-zero emission vehicles will keep us happy and healthy
Commonly, low income areas bear the brunt of environmental issues. On February 11, 1994, President Bill Clinton signed Executive Order 12898, creating a federal Environmental Justice (EJ) program. The program addresses environmental issues in minority and low-income populations. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines environmental justice as, “The fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people … with respect to … environmental laws, regulations, and policies. According to the Clinton Administration, fair treatment means that “no group of people… should bear a disproportionate share of negative environmental consequences…” Environmental justice is all about being fair and giving everyone a seat at the table. With this in mind, E-Logs Technology has developed a sustainable method of detection that monitors and records emissions. Additionally, it determines emission levels in natural gas powered vehicles. Low cost sensors record a vehicle’s carbon dioxide emission levels. By better monitoring greenhouse gases, we provide better air quality for everyone. Consequently, our technology will promote environmental responsibility and justice.
Framework for Environmental Justice
The environmental justice framework is an attempt to uncover underlying issues that contribute to record-breaking pollution levels in industrial cities and overexploitation of our ecosystem. We believe all individuals and communities have the “right” to be protected from environmental deterioration. This will continue to be a predominant focus for E-Logs Technology, in addition to extra safety precautions and community health. Surely, achieving this vision will help vulnerable, environmentally burdened, and economically disadvantaged ecosystems become healthier, cleaner, and more sustainable. Also, by better understanding these explicit dangers, we can promote environmental justice. In light of never before seen pollution levels, don’t you think it’s time to do what we can to keep our earth clean? E-Logs wants to make that easy for you!