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:
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.
Nearly 70 percent of the freight shipped throughout the United States travels by truck at some point in its journey. Understanding how the trucking industry is performing and where it is forecast to go can make a big difference for trucking companies and those who use them for their shipping needs. Planning is vital for the industry's continued success and it is also valuable to be able to anticipate changes and challenges so strategies to address and combat them can be developed. In order to better understand the trucking industry forecast and expectations for 2018, information and opinions from experts have been consolidated here. That provides a breakdown of what to expect in the coming months and throughout the next year.