The Importance of Reading Your Operating Agreement

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The operating agreement between a motor carrier and an independent contractor is the lifeblood of the relationship. At stake are many legal and regulatory issues; not to mention the mutual profitability of both parties. What is an Operating Agreement? In simple terms, the lease/contract defines the parties involved and what the obligations are of each party. […]

Top Questions: When and How to Use DataQs

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Have you received a wrongful out-of-service violation? How about an incorrectly assigned crash? If so, DataQs is the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) online system where you can request a review of FMCSA-issued data. Getting Started with DataQs First, it is important to know that DataQs is an online portal. The portal recognizes four levels of […]

Trucking Safety Tip of the Month: Speeding

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Welcome to the second post in our 2017 blog series, Trucking Safety Tip of the Month. Last month, we touched on size regulations within the trucking industry. This month, we will discuss speed and the role it plays in traffic accidents. Speeding and Stopping Distance Did you know that a semi-truck takes about 535 feet to come […]

10 Steps to Becoming an Owner Operator

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For the last year, our Becoming an Owner Operator series aimed to help those interested in becoming an owner operator navigate the ins and outs of the trucking industry. Here are our 10 steps to becoming an owner operator: Step #1 Evaluate Your Personal Considerations Whether you’re an individual considering a career that allows you to […]

Final Rule: Entry-Level Minimum Training Requirements

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The FMCSA and DOT published the Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Commercial Motor Vehicle Operators final rule on December 8, 2016. The FMCSA believes this final rule enhances the safety of commercial motor vehicle operations on our Nation’s highways by establishing a minimum standard of entry-level driver training (ELDT) and increasing the number of drivers who receive […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Invoice Factoring 101

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This week’s post aims to explain the benefit of factoring to an owner operator’s operation. Unfortunately, it only pertains to those who have chosen to operate under their own authority. However, it never hurts to take a read, especially if obtaining your own authority may be in your future. What is Factoring? According to the Business Dictionary, […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Load Boards

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Last month’s Becoming an Owner Operator blog post explained the advantages and disadvantages of being on a master insurance policy. This week’s post will discuss load boards. Load Board Flashback. Before the new age of technology, load boards were physical screens found in truck stops. These screens displayed a seemingly endless scroll of available loads, along with […]

Prepare for Operation Safe Driver Week 2016

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Operation Safe Driver Week will be during the week of October 16-22, 2016. The week is dedicated to spotlighting unsafe driving behaviors by both commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers and passenger vehicle drivers. 2015 Operation Safe Driver Week Results In 2015, law enforcement officers pulled over 21,012 CMV drivers and […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Master Insurance Policy

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Our last Becoming an Owner Operator post discussed the different trucking insurance coverages an owner operator needs. These differ depending on whether s/he decides to lease onto a motor carrier or operate under his or her own authority. This post is for those who have leased onto a motor carrier and are exploring their insurance options. It […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Trucking Insurance

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Last month’s Becoming an Owner Operator post discussed the advantages and disadvantages of leasing onto a motor carrier and driving under your own authority. This post will build off of last month’s by explaining how the way you choose to operate your trucking business determines which trucking insurance coverages you will need. Trucking Insurance: Leasing onto a […]