Greg Fulton, representing the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, provided an update to the committee. He distributed a copy of his presentation to the committee (Attachment F). Mr. Fulton provided some basic facts to the committee: 84 percent of manufactured freight commodities are transported by truck and that 79 percent of communities are served by trucks. He stated that trucks comprise 6 percent of vehicle miles traveled.
He continued by stating that the key issues facing frieght include traffic, the shortage of drivers and mechanics, inadequate parking for drivers, last mile issues, distracted driving, and insurance for trucks. He stated that truck parking is needed for mandated breaks and that the Freight Advisory Council in CDOT is working on this issue. In addition, he noted that delivery often occurs in urban areas where there are fewer freight loading locations abd that there is competition for parking with Uber and Lyft drivers. He noted that distracted driving is a big issue and that insurance costs for trucks have increased around 20 to 50 percent
He highlighted that there has been a 98 percent reduction in emissions since 1988, due to changes in engines and newer model trucks. He noted that newer trucks are also more safe and that truck involvement in fatal crashes has declined by 85 percent.