Moving goods around the world synchronicity of logistics, pulling together a large network of rail, aviation, marine, and ground transport. Industry data values the global logistics business at $4.3 trillion, with $500 billion accounting for courier and express delivery. Links in the chain are connected by distribution hubs, responsible for the organization and deployment of shipments.
Adding to the network are complexities such as customs and inspections, all while working against the clock for deliveries. Some trucks are refrigerated, carrying goods that have very specific delivery windows (avocados, anyone?). Margins for error are thin, while e-commerce has exponentially increased the volume of packages, often with promises of short delivery windows. Upticks in orders correspond to a great number of delivery vehicles on the road, all rushing to dispatch your goods.
While the fast pace of freight may seem like a lot of moving parts, commercial vehicles are a highly regulated industry — in Canada, this includes federal and provincial rules, as well as municipal by-laws, all designed to ensure safe passage throughout the one million kilometres of Canadian roadways. Throughout the COVID-19 response, certain restrictions have been eased, allowing for the rapid delivery of essential items.
Sharing the Road
While you may not be planning on driving a commercial truck anytime soon, there is a high likelihood you will share the road with one at some point. Knowing the basics about these oversized vehicles will help you pilot around them successfully, and safely. A few things to keep in mind on the road include:
Most trucks are required to engage speed limiters when hauling heavy loads. In Ontario, this is capped at 105 km/h, which translates into safety, environmental, and cost-savings benefits. If you’re on the highway, anticipate that the truck won’t be accelerating past that speed. Slow down or move over to keep a safe distance.