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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)

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.

Exploring the Benefits of Female Drivers in the Trucking Industry

Exploring the Benefits of Female Drivers in the Trucking Industry

While slowly on the climb, the number of drivers composing of women in the trucking industry remains a mere 7.89%.  According to statistics, hiring more females into driving careers can serve many benefits to your company, the industry, as well as other drivers on the road.  Here’s a closer look.

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas…Road Scholar Edition

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!

 

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Joining the Trucking Convoy With Wreaths Across America This Holiday Season

Joining the Trucking Convoy With Wreaths Across America This Holiday Season

Whether you are a military truck driver or simply want to show your support for those who have served, here is an opportunity for you.  Each December, Wreaths Across America makes sure veterans are never forgotten.  The organization arranges wreath-laying ceremonies for cemeteries and memorials across the nation.  As a truck driver in New England, you have the chance to drive for the Wreaths Across America convoy.

Onboard Video: The Next Big Thing?

Onboard Video: The Next Big Thing?

The trucking industry is showing major flexibility in adapting to ELDs; however, more digitally-driven changes are on the horizon.  The rapid development of inexpensive high-resolution digital video is one such technology moving into the driver’s cab.

A Shipper’s Guide in a Carrier’s Market

A Shipper’s Guide in a Carrier’s Market

With a 7-to-1 available load to truck ratio, an increasing driver shortage, regulations putting intolerance on driver detainment, and capacity continuing to tighten, carriers are being careful when selecting which shippers and consignees that they want to conduct business with and at what price.

Truck Orders Soared in July, But Where Are the Truckers?

Truck Orders Soared in July, But Where Are the Truckers?

There's no doubt that trucking is a busy industry right now, but what do you make of the conflicting reports that are coming out?  More shipments, fewer truckers, more trucks: it's a bit difficult to sort it all out.  Here's a quick look at a couple of stats that came out recently along with our take on what's actually happening in the market.

Truck Driver Shortages and How to Handle Them

Truck Driver Shortages and How to Handle Them

If you noticed that there seems to be a few more bare shelves or delays in stocking items at your local stores this spring, you're not alone.  The increasing growth and recovery in the economy has led to two specific issues that are impacting supply chain and cost: increased consumer demand and fewer truck drivers to haul the loads being shipped.  It's expected that the industry will be short 63,000 drivers this year.  But how do you handle truck driver shortages to keep your supply chain moving?  Here's a quick look at some options to consider.

NIT Survey Finds Number of Women Truck Drivers Increased in 2017

NIT Survey Finds Number of Women Truck Drivers Increased in 2017

A partnership between the Women in Trucking Association (WIT) and the National Transportation Institute (NIT) surveyed companies regarding the number of women in the industry, finding the figure to increase in 2017.  In order to track information regarding the benefits, driver wages, retirement plans and other data, the two organizations surveyed hundreds of trucking firms.  According to the information that was gathered, the percentage of women drivers rose in 2017 from 7.13 percent at the beginning of the year to 7.89 percent at the end.  The presence of women in management also increased in 2017 from 23 percent to 23.75 percent.

There’s No Way but Up for Freight Rates as Act Attempts to Ease Capacity Shortage by Lowering Driving Age

There’s No Way but Up for Freight Rates as Act Attempts to Ease Capacity Shortage by Lowering Driving Age

Freight rates continue their climb north in a year that has already shown a 28% increase in trucking spot quotes from Jan. 1st through March 23rd, according to a Bloomberg report.  But the higher prices in freight transportation (and ultimately consumer goods) should not be unexpected.  The northeast, for example, was embraced with three Nor’easters within the first two weeks of March, with seven of those states getting hammered with over 20 inches of snow, shutting down roads and hampering businesses.

15 Minutes of Detention Increases Crash Rate by 6.2%, According to Study

15 Minutes of Detention Increases Crash Rate by 6.2%, According to Study

Drivers have yet another reason to loathe detention time at docks.  According to a study recently released by the Department of Transportation, which analyzed over 104,000 crashes from 2013, just a 15 minute increase in detainment at a shipper/consignee’s dock, led to a 6.2% increase in crash risk. (1)  This equates to an additional 1 in 1,000 trucks having an accident and nearly 6,500 additional crashes a year. (1,2)

ELD Violations Will Not Affect CSA Scores Until April, Group Asks for HOS Extension for Detained Drivers

ELD Violations Will Not Affect CSA Scores Until April, Group Asks for HOS Extension for Detained Drivers

During yesterday’s Southern Regional Road Show event in Birmingham, AL, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration field administrator, Jon Dierberger, announced that electronic logging device violations would not affect a carrier’s CSA scores until April 1st.

Driver Shortage Tops ATRI List of Critical Trucking Issues

Driver Shortage Tops ATRI List of Critical Trucking Issues

The American Transportation Research Institute released its report “Critical Issues in the Trucking Industry” this week, which identified the top concerns and challenges along with strategies for each according to 1,557 motor carriers, drivers, and stakeholders in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.  Results from the report were as follows:               

Trucking Capacity and Rate Outlook for 2017

 Trucking Capacity and Rate Outlook for 2017

According to the American Trucking Associations, the trucking industry is currently short around 48,000 drivers with that number expected to surge to 890,000 by 2025. 1This increase will be gradual, however, there will be a noticeable tightening by mid-year 2017, FTR Associates predicts.

The Challenges Female Drivers Face in the Trucking Industry and What Needs to be Done

 The Challenges Female Drivers Face in the Trucking Industry and What Needs to be Done

It comes as no surprise that the driver pool in the trucking industry is dominated by males.  In fact, while gradually increasing, still only 5.8% of truck drivers are women.  But why?  We reached out to truck drivers and industry experts asking them what they believe to be the challenges women are currently facing in the industry and what needs to be done to attract more females into the driver’s seat.

Customer Retention Suffers as Drivers Lack Quality/Skill

 Customer Retention Suffers as Drivers Lack Quality/Skill

Drivers are said to be one of (if not the most) important asset for trucking companies.  Not only are they responsible for the successful and safe transportation of products, but overall act as brand ambassadors for their company, often spending more time with customers than traditional salesmen.  The impression they leave behind plays a large role in customer retention as a negative experience can lead to lost future sales while a pleasant and memorable experience can cause a shipper/consignee to want to increase their business together.  Knowing this, it comes to question as to why many carriers would hire less than qualified drivers to represent their company.  Perhaps to fill capacity restraints?  Or maybe because they do not have to pay them as much as they would an experienced/skilled driver?  Whatever the case, industry experts agree that the quality of drivers is decreasing.

Self-Driving Trucks Expected to Remove 1.7 Million Truck Drivers, White House Reports

Self-Driving Trucks Expected to Remove 1.7 Million Truck Drivers, White House Reports

Last May, Otto’s driverless truck performed a test drive on Nevada’s roads and in October, the first ever shipment to be delivered in the U.S. via a driverless truck was made, traveling 120 miles throughout Colorado to deliver over 51,000 cans of Budweiser beer.  The following month, Ohio became the third state to have driverless trucks travel its roads.