Quality of Drivers Decreasing, Survey Says

  Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration identified a Tennessee-licensed truck driver as an “imminent hazard to public safety” after “reckless driving behavior” resulted in the loss of two lives. 1 Randall Weddle, who was under the influence of alcohol at the time, was driving 80 mph in a 55 mph zone, when his truck veered into the …

FMCSA Begins Audit on Driver Detention

  This month the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration began its audit on the delays truckers are experiencing at shipper and consignee docks.  The Department of Transportation announced its initiation of the audit on June 15th as part of the requirement set forth in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act of 2015. As stated in their letter, the DOT …

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 …

There’s Still Time to Get Your Picks in for Our US Open Challenge!

  The 116th US Open Championship swung off today at the Oakmont Country Club in Pennsylvania as last year’s winner, Jordan Spieth, attempts back-to-back wins.  Can he do it? If you haven’t gotten your picks in yet for Road Scholar Transport’s Online Challenge, don’t fret, there’s still time!  Here’s how to play: *Click here to create an account or login …

FDA Under Scrutiny for Delayed Food Recalls

  A recent report issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) accused the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of not moving quick enough when issuing food recalls, leading to a greater risk of illnesses and even death from eating contaminated foods. The OIG audited 30 recall cases issued by the FDA between 2012 and 2015 concluding that, “The …

TX Trucking Company Bribed Police Officer for Years to Keep Unsafe Trucks on Road

  A San Antonio police officer was arrested earlier this week following a two-year bribery investigation involving a Texas-based trucking company. Former SAPD Officer Daniel Schmitt is accused of accepting nearly $8,000 from Texas Chrome Transport from 2013 through 2014 in exchange for passing their vehicle inspections. 1  The scheme was eventually caught onto two years later.  “In July of …

Drivers Under the Influence of Drugs Increasing, Drug Testing Database Rule Sent to OMB for Final Approval

  The Commercial Driver’s License Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse has made its way to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget for one last review before publication. If passed, the ruling would create a unified searchable database that contains positive drug and alcohol tests, violations, or test refusals and will be available to all prospective employers.  This differs from …

Comment Period on Safety Fitness Determination Rule Ends, Industry Shows Opposition

  The comment period on the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule came to an end last week. Issued on January 21st of this year, the notice of proposed rulemaking would replace the current rating system which categorizes carriers as satisfactory, conditional, and unsatisfactory. The new system would instead narrow a carrier’s rating to “satisfactory” or “unfit” and base it on …

Disabled 9/11 First Responder to Pull Road Scholar’s Rolling Memorial Tractor Trailer

  On September 11th, 2016, James Hagner will set out to pull Road Scholar Transport’s Rolling Memorial awareness truck, weighing in at 18,222 lbs, wearing just a harness to help raise money for The FealGood Foundation. Founded by John Feal, a construction worker who lost half of his foot in the rubble of the World Trade Center after the 9/11 …

Carriers Urged to Stay on Alert this Holiday Weekend

  With Memorial Day weekend right around the corner, drivers and carriers are encouraged to take extra precaution against cargo theft.  According to FreightWatch International, the number of freight stolen over a holiday weekend is nearly 40% higher than other weekends throughout the year, as cargo sits for an extended period of time. 1 Last year, there were 15 cargo …