Our mission is to bring awareness of the following issues: violation of driver's rights, looming mass job loss, how autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence are threatening to destroy the transportation industry and jobs in other industries as well. We will also provide unbiased sources for political movements in trucking and government-based information, driver related social media groups and pages and many more outlets. We want to bring people together and give them a choice without charging for the information and services we provide. American Without Drivers stands with and supports America's drivers with Loyalty, Respect and Integrity.
We need YOUR help to spread this news and our message to EVERYONE. It is truly concerning, the number of people who are still unaware of these facts. Especially knowing that our government and mega-corporations have been putting bills in place and passing laws about autonomous vehicles since 2015, without the consent of, or concern for, the general public.
America Without Drivers is a hub for everyone who supports the transportation industry and keeping it conducive to supporting American families. We are a dedicated group comprised of truck drivers, small business owners, and concerned citizens. Our drivers have decades of experience driving on our U.S. highways and roads and a genuine love for what they do and the services they provide to our beloved country. They have grouped with small business owners and citizens with growing concern towards the recent push for autonomous vehicles and other issues that are destroying our industry.
Truck drivers have been suffering from unjust and financially challenging rules and regulations for decades. These regulations have been passed into law by people who know very little about what it's like to be a truck driver. The ELD (Electronic Logging Device) mandate was forced on drivers Dec. 18th 2017 (source: freightquote.com). This was supposed to be the FMCSA's "miracle cure" for driver fatigue, safety issues and save the industry money on paperwork (source: FMCSA.gov). Instead, the ELD has projected more cost onto the drivers, truck-related fatalities have gone up an estimated 9% (source: CDLlife.com) and violations have significantly increased. It has brought attention to the fact that hours of service are extremely unfavorable for driver production (source: TheTruckerReport.com). Now we are being threatened by a bill (H.R. 3781) that could potentially raise the requirements for load liability insurance from $750,000.00 to $4.9 million per year (source: congress.gov). This has the potential to wipe out an estimated 97% of all trucking companies in America.
So, let's put this percent into perspective; the trucking industry employs an estimated 8.9 million people, out of that 8.9 million, an estimated 3.5 million are drivers. There are an estimated 1.2 million trucking companies and out of that, 97% operate with 20 or fewer trucks ( source: truckinfo.net). We have talked to a LOT of small companies, they all have reported that they will have to stop all operations if H.R. 3781 passes.
Now we are dealing with the VERY serious reality of the autonomous trucks. These trucks have already started making their appearance in the transportation industry along with robotics and AI (artificial intelligence.) Automation and robotics have been slowly taking jobs from people for decades. Self checks out at your favorite retail stores are probably the biggest offenders (see "Things you need to know"). Automation is growing FAST and threatening jobs all over the world. Would you be comfortable with an 80,000lb trucks driving down the road next to your family vehicle, with no driver at the wheel? These trucks are being operated by technology that can be hacked into just like our computers at home. Or, how would you feel if you showed up to your assembly line job just to find a robot that has taken it? This technology can work to our advantage, but not if it is utilized in a reckless and inconsiderate manner.