Segment Today by Jay Folladori, Vice President, Heavy/Specialized Services, Landstar Transportation Logistics and SC&RA Specialized Transportation Symposium Chairman.

Recently I was asked by the Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association (SC&RA) to name the biggest issues facing the specialized transportation segment today.

In my opinion, the issues are the same no matter what sector. When speaking to other carriers, the common thread is attracting youth to our industry. The replacement of my generation in the seat of a truck is probably the most critical for the short and long term. The trucking industry must find a way to recruit youth to the business. We are suffering the double whammy of an aging work force nearing retirement and the younger generation’s lack of interest in life on the road.

Other issues shaping specialized transportation include government regulations such as hours of service, CSA and the implementation of electronic logging devices. Truck parking, especially for super loads and mega loads, continues to be a major issue, especially east of the Mississippi River. Finally, the decaying of our roads and bridges must be addressed.

The SC&RA Specialized Transportation Symposium is March 3-6, 2015 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.