Road Scholar Transport has been a reliable source for LTL and Truckload shipping in the Mid-Atlantic/New England regions since 1988 but its company philosophy goes well beyond that of a typical trucking company. Here is a look at some of things you may not know about our company.
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.
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)
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 (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.
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.