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 …

Reminder to Use Caution Against Cargo Theft This Holiday Weekend

  With the Fourth of July weekend right around the corner, drivers, carriers, shippers, and members of the supply chain are being reminded to use extra precaution against cargo theft, which typically increases 40% over a holiday weekend according to FreightWatch. CargoNet reported an increase in thefts during the Fourth of July weekend for the past four years, totaling over …

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 …