Trucking Operational Costs-An Insider Look

  According to the American Trucking Associations, trucking accounts for close to 70% of all freight tonnage transported within the U.S.  But just how much money does it take to keep a truck running on the road?  Below is a powerful infographic composed by the Truckers Report demonstrating a few of the operational costs in trucking.   Some costs, however, …

Road Scholar’s Awareness Trucks to Make Appearance at Touch-A-Truck Events

  Looking for some fun for the whole family?  Then come on out to a Touch-a-Truck event in your area. This Saturday, September 24th, Wyoming Area Catholic Teacher Group will host a Touch-a-Truck event at Wyoming Area Catholic School.  The event will take place from 11 am to 3 pm and feature a variety of trucks and vehicles that children …

Today’s Cargo Thief: Techniques and How to Mitigate Risk

  According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, cargo theft costs the United States between $15 billion and $30 billion annually with there being a 40% increase in thefts during the holiday season.  The following identifies common techniques thieves are utilizing in the present day to steal freight and how to help reduce your risk of experiencing such an occurrence. …

Court Hears Arguments on Electronic Logging Device Mandate

  Carriers have until Dec. 10, 2017 to comply with a ruling mandating the usage of electronic logging devices (ELDs) on their trucks, replacing paper logs to track hours-of-service (HOS).  The ruling, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, will provide three main benefits:  improve safety by enforcing HOS compliance and therefore preventing fatigue, saving over $1 million in …

James Hagner Pulls 9/11 Rolling Memorial Truck to Raise Money for the FealGood Foundation

  A crowd gathered at East Stroudsburg University of PA on Sunday, September 11th, to watch as 9/11 disabled first responder, James Hagner, strapped on a harness and pulled Road Scholar Transport’s Rolling Memorial awareness truck, weighing in at approximately 36,000 lbs, to help raise money for the FealGood Foundation. The FealGood Foundation aims to assist 9/11 first responders who …

Trucking Regulation Updates

  Hours-of-Service After a two-month break, Congress will continue its work this week on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s pending hours-of-service study, which would identify if the pre-2013 rules deem more effective at providing safety on the road than post-2013 regulations. Members of the trucking industry stated that the rules established in 2013, calling for drivers to take two …

Cause Being Investigated for Contaminated Strawberries Leading to Hepatitis A Outbreak

  Food recalls can be the result of improper handling of products during any part of the supply chain process, whether it be the purchasing of raw materials, manufacturing, distribution, or sale of the finished product and the results can be catastrophic to both the manufacturer/supplier and the consumer. On August 8th, Tropical Smoothie Café recalled frozen strawberries from their …

Let Us Pay Tribute to the Victims of 9/11 This Month

  Many of us remember where we were and what we were doing the moment we heard that a plane had crashed into one of the twin towers.  Not soon later we learned about additional strikes on the remaining tower, the Pentagon, and near Shanksville, PA, avoiding the terrorists’ intended target, the Capital building.  The hijackings on September 11, 2001 …

Speed Limiter Proposal Issued

  The subject of whether or not speed limiters should be mandatory for heavy-duty vehicles has been around for a while but last Friday, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration took action, issuing a notice of proposed rulemaking. The new Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard would require vehicles with a gross vehicle weight …

Shipper Groups Show Opposition Towards Uniform Straight Bill of Lading Changes

  The Uniform Straight Bill of Lading (UBOL) was adopted in 1909, with a motor carrier version being created 13 years later.  Despite proposed changes, the UBOL remained in its original form until 1997, where it stayed until the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA) issued another change (Supplement 2) on July 14th, going into effect this month. Without a …