My consulting is informed by more than 15 years of research on the trucking industry. I've studied the history of the industry in detail. I've interviewed hundreds of truckers and staff at trucking companies about their jobs. I've surveyed many hundreds more. As part of my research, I even trained to drive a tractor-trailer and worked as a solo long-haul truck driver so I would know firsthand what it's like to live out of a truck and move freight. While my consulting relies on the highest-quality industry-wide data and data collection techniques, it is always grounded in a real-world understanding of the actual work truckers do and the challenges they face. It's this combination that allows me to develop novel but effective solutions for thorny problems.
I work with organizations - from technology firms to non-profits to elected officials and government agencies - that need to better understand truckers' work. If you are trying to make freight transportation more efficient, safer or a better place to work, I may be able to help with research and strategy.
Much of my current consulting helps policymakers understand the likely development, adoption, and labor and environmental impacts of self-driving trucks and technology on freight jobs. You can find more on my research on driverless trucks here. I also serve as an expert in legal matters concerning employees and independent contractors in long-haul trucking (I researched the experiences of these workers extensively for my book, The Big Rig).
Areas of Expertise:
- Labor and Environmental Impacts of Autonomous Trucks and Outsourcing
- Employee and Independent Contractor Employment Relationships
- Work hours, routines, and earnings of Long-haul Truckers
The driver's perspective always informs my consulting.