Driver Turnover Rate Reaches 102% in 4Q 2015

  According to the American Trucking Associations’ quarterly Trucking Activity Report, driver turnover for large truckload carriers rose from 100% in 3Q 2015 to 102% in 4Q 2015, making it the “second straight that turnover surpassed 100 percent, which hasn’t happened since 2012.” 1, 2 Similarly, smaller truckload carriers (those with $30 million in revenue or less), had their turnover …

Potential Listeria Contamination Affects 15 Frozen Food Products

  CRF Frozen Foods voluntarily recalled 15 frozen-vegetable products, which were distributed to retailers and DCs throughout 35 states as well as Canadian provinces, after a potential Listeria contamination was noted. 1  While there have been no illnesses reported as of yet, Listeria can be serious and lead to death if the contaminated product is consumed. Products were distributed between …

2014 Stats Released: Truck-Involved Crashes Decline, Congestion Contributes to $49.6 Billion Loss for Trucking Industry

  Truck-Involved Crashes The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently updated its Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts for the year 2014 and trucking groups are pleased with the findings. According to the data, while the number of miles driven by trucks in 2014 rose 1.5%, fatalities from truck-involved crashes declined 5% year-over-year and 23.6% since 2004. 1  Additionally, …

FMCSA’s Inspection Selection System and How It Works

  In an effort to prioritize and select which carriers should undergo a roadside safety inspection, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration utilizes a rating program called the Inspection Selection System (ISS).  This system is accessible by roadside inspectors and grades a carrier using an algorithm taking into account their entire safety performance history.  Here’s how it works: Every carrier …

Second Annual Jog for Jude Takes Place This Sunday

  The second annual Jog for Jude will take place Sunday, April 17th at the Dunmore Community Center. About Jude On July 23, 2014, three-month-old Jude Zayac passed away from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  SIDS typically strikes children under the age of one unexpectantly and is known as the number one cause of death in children under one year …

Supply Chain Hit by $22.6 Billion Cargo Theft Loss Last Year, Weather Adds $33 Billion Loss

  A recent report produced by BSI (British Standards Institution) attributed cargo theft to a $22.6 billion supply chain loss around the world last year, pulling data from 204 countries. With cargo theft growing each year, the report notes that thieves are not only targeting high valued goods, but smaller shipments as well, with last year experiencing “the highest number …

Food Safety Transportation Rule Finalized

  The sixth of seven major rules, part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, was published Tuesday in the Federal Register and aims to prevent food contamination. The rule was proposed back in February 2014 and after reviewing over 200 comments, finalized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week.  According to the FDA, the rule “builds on …

Detention Request Denied for Natural Gas and Oil Well Sites

  In 2014, the American Trucking Associations (ATA) requested that a current exemption for drivers servicing natural gas and oil well sites be extended for an additional two years allowing “specially trained drivers to exclude waiting time from the drivers’ 14-hour on-duty period.” 1 According to the exemption, drivers would be able to exclude detention time by using sleeper berths …

Make Your Picks For Our Online Golf Challenge & Win Prizes!

  The 80th annual Masters Tournament swings off Thursday, April 7th through Sunday, April 10th at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, GA and Road Scholar Transport has your chance to win some great prizes in our online golf challenge. To play, visit our contests page at http://roadscholar.com/fun-stuff and click the PGA Tour icon.  Create an account or login …

Contamination Concerns Cause Several Food Recalls

  Each year, nearly 600 million people get sick and 420,000 die after eating contaminated food products, with 125,000 of these fatalities being children under the age of five. 1  Awareness begins with the shipper who must take safety measures from production straight through distribution and end at the consumer level, who must also be aware of recalls and safety …