Becoming an Owner Operator: Licensing & Registration

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As promised in last month’s Becoming an Owner Operator post on purchasing trucking equipment, we’re back this month to discuss licensing and registration. As mentioned in our March Becoming an Owner Operator post, driver’s are required to have certain licenses and endorsements just to drive a commercial vehicle. This post will build off of March’s foundation and discuss […]

July 1 SOLAS Changes to Impact Trucking Industry

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After many years of advocating for a change to the Safety of Life at Sea treaty (SOLAS), the World Shipping Council’s efforts have paid off. On July 1, 2016, containerized cargo loaded onto a vessel must have a verified weight. History of SOLAS 1914: First version of Safety of Life at Sea, an international treaty […]

2016 International Roadcheck: How to Prepare

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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) 2016 International Roadcheck is less than a week away. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. During this 72-hour period, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America perform truck and bus inspections. Here is what […]

Charity Spotlight: Truckersfinalmile.org

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The charity, truckersfinalmile.org was founded by Robert Palm, a 30-year over-the-road veteran, to “reunite North American truck drivers and their family in times of crisis.” Current Programs The charity currently offers assistance to North American truck drivers through the following five programs: Death of a truck driver. Severe injury of a truck driver. Major medical event of a […]

Best Audiobooks for Truckers 2016: Mystery & Thriller

Winter is over, which means it’s now construction season here in Minnesota. So, we’ve decided to bring the Best Audiobooks of 2016 post back to get you through the bumper-to-bumper congestion. This week’s list is bound to keep you on the edge of your driver’s seat since the genre is mystery and thriller. The List: Rogue Lawyer, by John […]

Food Haulers to Again be Affected by May 31 Rule

The seventh and final rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2005 is set to be published May 31st, 2016. Overview The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed its rule on the protection against intentional adulteration on December 20th, 2013. According to Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, “The goal is […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Trucking Equipment

If you read last month’s post on financial considerations of becoming an owner operator, we assume you’re now trying to figure out how to buy–or afford–trucking equipment. Purchasing trucking equipment is arguably one of the most frustrating and exciting aspects of becoming an owner operator. Not only does one need to consider his or her […]

Invoice Factoring and Transportation Businesses

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According to the Business Dictionary, invoice factoring is the selling of invoices to a third party company to improve cash flow. When a business uses invoice factoring, they benefit through an immediate boost to cash flow, while at the same time eliminating the back office support needed to manage the accounts receivable process. How it […]

Commercial Vehicle Emissions – Phase 2

With Earth Day right around the corner, we thought this was a good time to update those in the transportation industry on the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest initiative, Phase 2 Heavy-Duty National Program. Overview Phase 1 In 2011, the Administration finalized fuel economy standards for Model Year 2014 – 2018 heavy-duty vehicles. It was […]

CVSA Focusing on Tire Safety in 2016

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Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. During this 72-hour period, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America […]