On Dec. 18th, 2017, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s electronic logging device (ELD) mandate went into effect, requiring the switch from paper logs to electronic, cutting back on tampering and improving driver safety. Truckers, however, were not issued out-of-services due to compliance failure until April 1st, 2018, giving them more time to adjust to the change. Additionally, those carriers utilizing automatic on-board recording devices (AOBRDs) were grandfathered in for two years, giving them until Dec. 16, 2019 to replace their AOBRDs with ELDs.
The winter solstice is just around the corner —December 21st to be exact! The Farmers’ Almanac’s extended weather forecast is calling for a "Polar Coaster Winter," with plenty of frigid temperatures and snow for a majority of the country.1 Winter 2020 is being described as “freezing, frigid, and frosty,” with the coldest outbreak arriving during the final week of January through the beginning of February.1 How will you protect your freight from freezing? The answer — ROAD SCHOLAR TRANSPORT!
It’s that time of year again. Road Scholar Transport is kicking off its 3rd annual Halloween photo contest…for your pets that is. In the past we’ve had dogs, cats, horses, hamsters, even a turtle and iguana dress up in their scariest, cutest, and just plain funniest costumes and now it’s your turn to join in on the fun for a chance at winning some spooktacular prizes. Here’s how to enter:
In 2018, 310 trucking companies had closed their doors. 2019 surpassed that number by over double in just the first half of the year alone, with 640 carriers going out of business. (1) This number equates to nearly 20,075 trucks being removed from the road and over 3,000 drivers left unemployed. (1,2) Here are some of the reasons trucking companies are struggling this year:
Detention doesn’t only exist in high school or middle school as a punishment; it also exists in the trucking industry and is seen also seen in a NEGATIVE light. However, in school, detention is a direct result of one getting in trouble and facing the consequences. Detention in the trucking industry is the opposite; detention is derived from shipping or receiving facilities and causes consequences for everyone in the supply chain— other shippers, customers, truck drivers, and trucking companies.
On September 11th 2001, our country came together after we suffered an unimaginable loss that changed our world as we knew it — forever. Almost 3,000 people were killed during the 9/11 attacks including; New York City police officers, firefighters, and paramedics who were all struggling to complete evacuations of the buildings and save the trapped office workers.1 Each anniversary of the attacks we remember all of the victims of this devastating event. Our 9/11 Rolling Memorial truck’s intent is to make sure we — NEVER FORGET.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute published its 2019 Urban Mobility Report this month, reflecting the growing issue of congestion on our nation’s roads and just how much it is costing Americans. Here were the key takeaways: (The following can be found in the full report available at https://static.tti.tamu.edu/tti.tamu.edu/documents/mobility-report-2019.pdf)
Those in the trucking industry have become all too familiar with the hours-of-service regulation, which allows drivers 14 hours on-duty a day with 11 of those hours consisting of driving time. They must then shut down for a 10 hour break regardless of where he or she is at, which makes detention an even stronger issue within the industry, eating up a driver’s time and often leaving them stranded as they wait to be loaded/unloaded. With electronic logging devices now in effect, drivers and companies must strictly adhere to the rules or else face citations/penalties. But all that may change.
The trucking industry’s driver shortage is not going away. In fact, recent projections from the American Trucking Association (ATA) indicate that the shortage is expected to double over the next decade. This has been an ongoing issue and trucking companies are looking for ways to recruit drivers —as we have discussed many times before. Trucking companies have expanded their recruiting efforts and have begun to target a segment of the population that has since been ignored in this industry— WOMEN.1 Women have been fighting to be equal to men in every industry, why not the trucking industry too?!
The ATA recently released its “American Trucking Trends 2019” report, reflecting 2018 trucking industry numbers. Here are the key takeaways:
*Last year proved to be a strong year for trucking with revenue increasing 12.2% year-over-year to $796.7 billion (nearly $100 billion more over 2017) and accounting for 80.3% of freight spending in the country! (1)
The trucking industry’s driver shortage is not going away and it will be a huge topic of discussion for a long time; unless changes are made that is. This shortage goes back to 2005 when it was just around 20,000. In 2008, the United States went through a recession where fewer drivers were needed due to the fall in industry volumes. Once the economy started to recovery and increase, so did the driver shortage; they go hand in hand. The shortage skyrocketed to 50,700 in 2017 due to the increase in industry volumes. Since then the trucking industry has continued to struggle with driver shortage. By the end of 2019, there should be a slight decrease in the driver shortfall but not significant enough to fix the issue. If these current trends hold, the shortage can increase to over 160,000 by 2028 if no changes are made.
Are you constantly forced to hold shipments until you have a full truckload? Do you continuously pay for unused space on incomplete trailers? If so, Road Scholar Transport has a solution for you! Our innovative less than truckload (LTL) shipping program gives our customers the best of both worlds; the shipping service they need along with cost effective pricing solutions.
There may be a change in store for truck drivers’ maximum drive time. Right now, the federal regulations allow drivers to have only a certain number of working hours. Not following these regulations can result in a driver being declared “out of service” for a day or even longer; which of course is an inconvenience for their company but also money out of their pocket 1. These regulations can potentially keep drivers from their destination and families, even by just five minutes. They have to pull over and park for the required ten hours before they can drive again 1. Drivers are now looking for flexibility in the regulations so that the 5 minutes won’t affect them as much and can make it to their destination.
Cargo theft is a growing problem in the United States but with proper precautions and protocols, shippers and carriers can help reduce their risk of becoming a victim. Below are a few quick facts you need to know:
*140 cargo thefts occurred in 2019’s first quarter, according to CargoNet, resulting in an average loss of $145,722 per shipment and $12.8 million. (1)
The driver shortage in the trucking industry is a problem that every trucking company, large and small, has to deal with. There are many reasons that this shortage has come about, but the newest trend to affect the industry is the acceptance by states of marijuana use. Legalization of recreational marijuana by states is making it even harder for the trucking industry to find drug- free drivers.(1) Trucking companies have safety guidelines to meet and the possibility of having impaired drivers will not help them do so.