Groups Draft Bill to Help Increase Presence of Women in Trucking Industry

Groups Draft Bill to Help Increase Presence of Women in Trucking Industry

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?!

2018 Marks Strong Year for Trucking Industry, Here are the Numbers

2018 Marks Strong Year for Trucking Industry, Here are the Numbers

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)

Changes to Attract Potential Drivers

Changes to Attract Potential Drivers

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.

Proposal Aims to Increase Motor Carrier Insurance Minimum to $4.9 Million, Mandate AEB Technology on Vehicles

Proposal Aims to Increase Motor Carrier Insurance Minimum to $4.9 Million, Mandate AEB Technology on Vehicles

In the 1980s, the minimum insurance requirement for motor carriers was increased from $500,000 to $750,000.  Nearly 40 years later, many are questioning whether that number remains sufficient.

Road Scholar Transport, Your Solution for LTL Shipping

Road Scholar Transport, Your Solution for LTL Shipping

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.  

Food Recalls Grow 10% in US-Pig Ear Dog Treats Latest Victim

Food Recalls Grow 10% in US-Pig Ear Dog Treats Latest Victim

Between 2013 and 2018, the number of food recalls issued within the United States grew by 10%, with 2016 having the greatest number of annual recalls at 905.(1)   

Hours Of Service May Become More “Flexible”

Hours Of Service May Become More “Flexible”

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.     

High-Valued Products Targeted by Thieves, High-Security Shipping Options Available

High-Valued Products Targeted by Thieves, High-Security Shipping Options Available

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)

Legalization of Marijuana Affecting Driver Shortage

Legalization of Marijuana Affecting Driver Shortage

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.

Driver Detention Accounts for Large Problem Among Carriers, FMCSA Seeks Comments

Driver Detention Accounts for Large Problem Among Carriers, FMCSA Seeks Comments

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) wants your input!  Published in the Federal Register on June 10th, the agency is seeking comments regarding “data sources, methodologies and potential technologies that could provide insight into loading and unloading delays experienced by [commercial motor vehicle] drivers,” including the frequency and severity detention has on drivers. (1) 

Trucking Industry Seeking Millennial Drivers

Trucking Industry Seeking Millennial Drivers

The trucking industry as a whole is growing, creating a high demand for drivers. The majority of the drivers are currently those of the baby boomer generation which is on the decline.  The industry now needs to look at the millennial generation to take over and keep up with the demand.  “The millennial generation could hold the key to the trucking industry’s need for new drivers.  Not only is there a place for them behind the wheel, but a trucking career is also full of unique benefits and perks that can help millennials build a great resume, earn valuable experience, and make a sustainable living at the same time.”1

The Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization Act

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) defines a new standard of safety measures for delivering food and beverages, one that ensures higher sanitization in the freight industry.  Created from industry best practices and signed into law in 2011, the FSMA actually gives shippers opportunities to reduce costs and improve operations.

May Trucking Updates: The Latest News on Trucking Regulations, Forecasts and More

May Trucking Updates:  The Latest News on Trucking Regulations, Forecasts and More

THUD Appropriations Bill

Last week, the House Appropriations Transportation Subcommittee released its 2020 fiscal year spending bill, which will now move forward to the full committee for markup.(1)  It is important to note that the bill contains several trucking provisions listed below if passed:

Cargo Thefts Spike Memorial Day Weekend but Road Scholar Has You Covered

Cargo Thefts Spike Memorial Day Weekend but Road Scholar Has You Covered

In the U.S. cargo theft regularly spikes over Memorial Day weekend, particularly in trucking. The reason behind this spike is the increased number of shipments that are left unattended over the holiday. There are not many places open during this holiday weekend which means a lot of trucks are parked in unsecured parking lots making them more vulnerable. Between 2013 and 2019 there have been 126 thefts reported over Memorial Day weekend with a combined value of approximately $20.36 million,1. Experts say the best ways to ward off these Memorial Day thieves includes GPS Tacking, not leaving trucks unattended or unlocked, and verifying the authenticity of shipments and the drivers. That’s where Road Scholar Transport has you covered.

Driver Shortage Vs. Driver Safety

Driver Shortage Vs. Driver Safety

We are all aware of the commercial driver shortage in the United States.  The trucking industry is primarily composed of people aged 45 and older.1  In order to compensate for the shortage, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a pilot program to lower the required CDL age from 21 to 18.2  Currently, there are 48 states that allow drivers to obtain a CDL at the age of 18, but federal regulations prevent them from crossing state lines until 21.3

May is Lupus Awareness Month and Road Scholar Transport is Spreading the Word

May is Lupus Awareness Month and Road Scholar Transport is Spreading the Word

From medical conditions to missing persons and even our furry friends, Road Scholar Transport’s awareness campaign has been attracting the attention of people all across the nation and continues to grow each year.  This May, our trucks are working overtime to help spread the word during Lupus awareness month. 

What Should Be Included in the Infrastructure Bill According to the Trucking Industry

What Should Be Included in the Infrastructure Bill According to the Trucking Industry

Congressional leaders and President Trump came to an agreement to seek a $2 trillion infrastructure bill. There is no agreement on how to pay for the improvement of the nation’s roads, bridges, waterways, and broadband. A meeting will be held to determine funding for the package and also what types of projects should be included.

PA Will Strictly Enforce Spotted Lanterfly Permit for Shippers/Carriers Beginning May 1st

PA Will Strictly Enforce Spotted Lanterfly Permit for Shippers/Carriers Beginning May 1st

You’ve probably been told at one time or another, “Don’t pick up hitchhikers,” only this time, the hitchhiker is 1 inch big and can be hiding in a tiny crevice on your truck.  We are talking about the Spotted Lanternfly.