Automatic transmissions increase the number of unskilled truck drivers on the road

Trucking company fleets are increasing their use of semi-automatic and fully automatic transmissions, according to a recent study by Frost & Sullivan.

On average, fleet managers said that 47% of their trucks will be equipped with automated manual and fully automatic transmissions in 2015, up from 38% this year. The results were based on a survey of 101 fleet managers at for-hire and private U.S. fleets.

Sandeep Kar, global director of automotive and transportation research at Frost & Sullivan, said the industry’s “severe shortage of skilled drivers” is driving the growth.

“It is a fact that manual transmissions deliver higher fuel efficiency but only when operated correctly,” he said. “It’s easier for a fleet manager to put an unskilled driver in a truck with an automatic or semi-automatic transmission.”

I’m glad that trucking companies are taking steps to increase fuel economy – regardless of whether it’s to save money or help the environment – but there is no excuse for allowing inexperienced drivers to operate 80,000 pound vehicles on public roads putting average citizens at risk. Just because the technology makes it easier, it doesn’t make it safe or a good idea.

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