2016 MN Freight System Plan: Trucking Overview

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This November, Commissioner Charles A. Zelle signed the 2016 Minnesota Statewide Freight System Plan. This Plan is an update to Minnesota’s first State Freight Plan developed in 2005. The 96-page document describes: Minnesota’s freight transportation system and its role in the state’s economy Current and emerging industry trends The performance of the freight transportation system Current […]

3 Ways to Maximize Your MPG this Winter

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When it comes to winter, you’re just not driving as many miles between fill-ups compared to the summer. Refiners of both gasoline and diesel fuel must change the composition in order to ensure your fuel doesn’t turn to gel. This results in a change in the fuels, which means less mpg for you and your vehicle. Here […]

Overtime Exemptions for the Trucking Industry

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In 2014, President Obama directed the Secretary of Labor to update the overtime regulations to reflect the original intent of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The new overtime law was expected to go into effect Dec. 1, 2016, but has since been blocked by U.S. District Judge Amos Mazzant III in Sherman, Texas. New Overtime Law […]

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, […]

ATRI Releases Findings on Fleet Fuel Economy and Usage

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On Monday, October 17, 2016, the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) released the results from its investigation into fleet fuel economy and fuel usage. Nearly 100 fleet managers provided their views on current and future trends in fuel-saving technologies, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of alternatives fuels. These fleets operate just over 114,500 […]

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 […]

Be Prepared to Stop: A World Without Trucks

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Many of those not working in the transportation or trucking industries do not realize the importance of trucks, and truckers, to our daily lives. Filmmaker Jennifer Clymer recently finished Be Prepared to Stop, a documentary depicting the necessity of truck drivers and trucks on the road. Be Prepared to Stop Clymer made the film in memory of her […]