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. 

Investigative Report: Protecting Freight from Summer Heat

Investigative Report: Protecting Freight from Summer Heat

Summer time is generally seen as a happier time of the year. It means the sun is shining, trips to the beach and lots of outdoor activities. Children are off from school and families are together. It’s viewed as a time with less stress and more fun. Unless you need to ship a product that is temperature sensitive.

FMCSA Will Not Include CSA Scores From Non-Preventable Crashes

FMCSA Will Not Include CSA Scores From Non-Preventable Crashes

The month of August will bring a huge change to Compliance, Safety and Accountability program scores as assessed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).  Drivers will now have the benefit of a new "not preventable" classification for eight different types of crashes.  The change was made based on "positive feedback from industry stakeholders," said Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao at the 2019 Mid America Trucking Show on March 29 of this year.

Critical Issues Give the Trucking Industry New Challenges

Critical Issues Give the Trucking Industry New Challenges

The Arlington, Virginia-based American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) determined four major issues affecting the trucking industry in 2019.  These concerns include 1. vehicle parking, 2. the safety of young truck drivers, 3. truck safety tech ROI and 4. the impact of litigation that is successful against trucking companies.

5th Annual Jog for Jude to Take Place April 28th

5th Annual Jog for Jude to Take Place April 28th

On July 23, 2014, three-month-old Jude Zayac passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  SIDS typically strikes children under the age of one unexpectantly and is known as the number one cause of death in children under one year of age, claiming the lives of nearly 4,000 each year. 

The Increasing Cost of Truck Repair in the Industry

The Increasing Cost of Truck Repair in the Industry

FleetNet America and the American Trucking Associations’ Technology & Maintenance Council collaborated on a benchmarking study that found a continued increase in the average cost of mechanical trucking repairs.  Costs rose in the industry for the second quarter in a row.  The Truckload Vertical Benchmarking Study covered events in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Trucking Updates: The Latest Happenings in the Industry and What You Need to Know

Trucking Updates:  The Latest Happenings in the Industry and What You Need to Know

Hours-of-Service Reform:

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) announced that the agency was in the process of creating a notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) which would bring about major changes to Hours-of-Service regulations for truck drivers.  While exact changes that the agency is looking to reform have not yet been made available, greater flexibility for on and off-duty time was one of the initiatives FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez hinted at during a speech he made at the Omnitracs User Conference in Dallas. (1)  A NPRM was expected to publish this month but the partial government shutdown may cause a delay.