FMCSA Proposes Pilot Program for Younger Truck Drivers

  Is age a critical safety factor for truck drivers?  That’s a question that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expecting to answer in its pilot program proposed by the agency last Friday. The three-year pilot program, a requirement of the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, will compare two groups:  18-to-21-year-olds who learned to drive in the military …

Phase 2 of Fuel-Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks Released

  Earlier this week, phase 2 of President Obama’s Climate Action Plan was released, stating its final fuel-efficiency standards for heavy-duty trucks. Phase 1, which was launched a few years ago, set standards for 2014-2018 model year medium and heavy-duty trucks which would stay in effect until 2021, after which the second round will kick in and aim to reduce …

Road Scholar’s NFL Challenge is Back!

  Let’s get ready for some football!  Road Scholar Transport’s NFL Challenge is back with your chance to score some great prizes this season. Playing is so fast and easy that any rookie can do it.  Simply visit http://www.superbrawl.com/pools.php?wpwp1053 to join or login using an existing account. Now you’re ready to play! By clicking on the “Picksheet” tab at the …

CargoNet Releases 2nd Quarter Cargo Theft Statistics

  Less meant more last quarter, according to CargoNet’s 2nd quarter statistics, which found the number of cargo thefts to have dropped but the value of stolen goods increased. CargoNet’s Command Center reported 297 theft incidents last quarter, which included 192 cargo thefts, 139 stolen trailers, and 124 tractors, these numbers decreasing from 173 trailers and 143 tractors in 2Q …

Driver Steals Electronics Valued at $200,000, Sells on Craigslist, as Thieves Use More Intelligent Methods to Steal Freight

  Last week, police arrested 31-year-old truck driver John Manuel for stealing close to $200,000 worth of electronics destined for Walmart.  Upon delivering to the Louisiana store, Walmart employees noted 90 televisions and sound bars to be missing from load.  Authorities discovered that Manuel was stealing the merchandise and selling them on Craigslist.  He is currently being held without bail.1 …

Drivers Speak Out on Hiring Influences, Quality of Drivers

  In 2015, the industry experienced a shortage of around 48,000 drivers.  By 2024, that number is expected to reach 175,000.  Carriers are struggling to attract and hire quality drivers to help fill capacity restraints.  According to a recent survey conducted by HireRight Transportation Spotlight, 59% of those surveyed (in a pool of 3,500) found that “finding, retaining and developing …

Number of Carriers Leaving the Industry Spikes

  According to research recently conducted by Avondale Partners, 120 carriers closed their doors last quarter, a spike from 2Q 2015 which experienced 70 shut downs.1  Last year, the industry seen 310 motor carriers cease operations, the lowest number recorded in decades. 2  Considering 160 trucking companies declared bankruptcy in this year’s first quarter (up from 85 in 1Q 2015), …

New Survey on Detention Released

  DAT Solutions recently released the results of a survey they conducted focused on the issue of driver detention at shipper and consignee docks.  The survey composed of input from 257 carriers and 50 brokers.  Here were their findings: Carrier Responses 63% of drivers acknowledged being detained at a shipper and/or consignee’s dock for over three hours.1 54% of carriers …

Enter Our British Open Online Challenge

  The 145th British Open swings off next Thursday at Royal Troon in Scotland.  Royal Troon has hosted The Open eight times in the past ranging from as far back as 1923 to the most recent in 2004. Road Scholar Transport is upping the excitement with our British Open Online Challenge with your chance to win gift cards to popular …