The Pre-Employment Screening Program is a screening tool that allows motor carriers and individual drivers to purchase driving records from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS). Ok, so the Federal Government is maintaining information on truck drivers. That probably sounds terrifying to most drivers. I know it does to me. So naturally it raises a lot of questions and we’ll answer em here.
A number of recent data sources, along with quotes from economic analysts and trucking industry leaders, all point to an improving economy and clear signs of an improved outlook for the trucking industry.
I hear a lot of people talking about how the trucking industry is moving heavily toward team operations and pretty soon we’ll all be running team. They say trucking companies aren’t making money with solo drivers, that in order to get more productivity out of the trucks they’re going to force us all to run team. Now that the economy has slowed there has seemingly been an increase in the number of trucking companies that are running more team operations or are requiring new drivers to team up when coming out of school. So is it true? Will teaming be the future of trucking? Let’s take a look at what’s going on.
The slow economy has really dampened demand for truck drivers in the past year or two, and now there are several factors that seem to be converging to create the “perfect storm” for truck driving demand in the decade ahead. Let’s take a look at what we could be facing.