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:
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)
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Over 16,500 student volunteers will come together today in what is known as the largest student-run philanthropy in the world, to participate in THON, Penn State IFC’s 46-hour dance marathon. The event, which takes place every February, is a year-long fundraising effort that goes towards the fight against pediatric cancer through Four Diamonds Fund at Hershey Medical Center. Last year, the event broke its record, bringing in $10,920,014.83, all of which benefits the families and children affected by pediatric cancer. Since 1973, THON has raised over $157 million in its efforts.
As tradition, Road Scholar Transport is bringing you our rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas, when all through the house,
Everyone was crying, including the mouse.
For the news on the internet was dreadfully sad,
That Christmas this year, was not to be had.
The problem being, there is no snow,
The reindeer and sled, just could not GO.
Santa had a problem spreading smiles and joy,
unable to deliver presents to each girl and boy.
Walking, pacing, wondering what to do,
He turned to Rudolph for his point of view.
Santa! Santa! I know what to do.
Call a trucker to do what you do.
Pick up the toys at the North Pole,
And deliver the goods to each and every soul
Rudolph, pray tell, who might we call,
To fix this problem, that is NOT small?
Time is short and the weather stinks.
Give me the name of the trucker you think.
Santa, Santa, I know of a hauler.
Get on the internet and find Road Scholar.
They have the trucks to get this job done,
And, quite frankly, they are the only one.
So off to the desktop did St. Nicholas run,
To Google Road Scholar to get the job done.
As soon as he clicked on the web page required,
Road Scholar appeared, ready to be hired.
Hey Scholar, Scholar, I need your help.
Can you help me and my number one elf?
Our sleigh needs snow and we have none.
Will you move our toys and distribute the fun?
Santa, Santa, of course we shall do,
To support you, the elves and Mrs. Claus too.
Our trucks are fueled and ready to go.
We are especially quick, when there is no snow.
So off to the satellite did Road Scholar type,
To all of its drivers their runs on this night.
Joey, Jim, Walter and Mike,
Would run west with all of their might.
Bob, Mario, Tim and Tom will head east in a hurry,
And regarding the speed traps, will not worry.
The Philly team will handle points south and about,
While Worcester will deliver the New England route.
Time was short and the sun was rising,
As the trucks ran without compromising.
They left not a skid, the speed they did obey,
And their expedited service had it there the same day.
Giving a tug on the horn they did blow,
Heading back to the terminal the trucks they did go.
Santa had been tracking his shipments on Road Scholar’s website,
For never was a boy, girl, or toy left out of his sight.
When the status read ‘Delivered’ he left out a sigh of relief,
Knowing Road Scholar had saved so much grief.
He turned off his computer and headed for bed,
Without worry of one damaged or stolen toy in his head.
But I heard him exclaim as he walked out of sight,
For reliable and fast service, choose Road Scholar to do the job right!