FMCSA Announces Update to Safety Fitness Determination Rule Proposal

  The comment period on the Safety Fitness Determination (SFD) rule came to an end last May.  Issued on January 21, 2016, 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 “roadside inspection …

Compliance Date Draws Near for Food Safety Modernization Act’s Sanitary Transportation Rule

  April 6th marks the day shippers, carriers, brokers, receivers, and loaders will need to comply with the sanitary transportation portion of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA). The first two of seven FSMA major rulings went into effect last September: the Preventive Controls for Human Food and Preventative Controls for Animal Food.  These rulings required that food facilities “document …

Trucking Capacity and Rate Outlook for 2017

  According to the American Trucking Associations, the trucking industry is currently short around 48,000 drivers with that number expected to surge to 890,000 by 2025. 1  This increase will be gradual, however, there will be a noticeable tightening by mid-year 2017, FTR Associates predicts. The actual extent of the driver shortage is still unknown with a lot of it …

Groups Petition for Alteration in Entry-Level Driving Rule

  Last March, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would require drivers to put in a minimum number of hours behind the wheel before they could take their CDL test.  According to the proposal, Class A CDL drivers “would be required to obtain a minimum of 30 hours of behind-the-wheel training from an …

Self-Driving Trucks Expected to Remove 1.7 Million Truck Drivers, White House Reports

  Last May, Otto’s driverless truck performed a test drive on Nevada’s roads and in October, the first ever shipment to be delivered in the U.S. via a driverless truck was made, traveling 120 miles throughout Colorado to deliver over 51,000 cans of Budweiser beer.  The following month, Ohio became the third state to have driverless trucks travel its roads. …

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas

  As tradition, Road Scholar Transport is bringing you our rendition of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas.   ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house, Everyone was crying, including the mouse. For the news on the internet was dreadfully sad, That Christmas this year, was not to be had. The problem being, there is no snow, The …

Weekend Holiday Spells Double Trouble For Cargo Theft

  It comes as no surprise that cargo theft increases during the holidays, statistically rising about 61% according to Omnitrac’s Jim Sassen.  FreightWatch International notes that 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, and as we know, cargo at …

Senate Passes HOS Restart Rollback Until Study Completion

  Last week, the Senate took action to correct a drafting error which created uncertainty for hours-of-service regulations. In July of 2013, a revision to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s HOS rules went into effect, which included a restart provision containing two consecutive breaks between the hours of 1 a.m. and 5.am., reduction of a driver’s work week from …

Name Road Scholar’s Elf to Win an Amazon Gift Card!

  Tis’ the season for giving and Road Scholar Transport is doing just that by giving you the chance to win one of THREE Amazon gift cards to make your holiday shopping a little easier. Just as the Elf on the Shelf watches your children, reporting back to Santa Clause each night, Road Scholar’s elf watches over your shipments with …