I-35E HOV Lane Laws Cause Concern Among Truckers

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On January 4th, Minnesota’s I-35E HOV lanes opened to traffic. Unlike most cities, tractor-trailers can use the lanes as long as two people are visible in the cab. The required visibility of two individuals worried team truck drivers since the two alternate between driving and sleeping, meaning only one driver would typically be visible in the cab since […]

Alcohol, Speeding and Distractions Cause Most Trucking Fatalities

With 2015 vehicle fatalities up from 2014, commercial fleet owners need to determine and resolve potential safety issues within the organization. National studies have shown that most vehicle fatalities are caused by impaired driving, speeding and distracted driving. Distracted Driving Issues Commercial fleets that have installed safety monitoring equipment have discovered some common issues when […]

Know Your Drivers: Employees or Owner Operators?

High-visibility suits in recent weeks against FedEx Ground and Amazon underscore the importance of properly classifying drivers as owner operators or employees. With more than 30 states now toughening their laws, the costs and risks of misclassification are mounting. Whether your firm does it intentionally or accidentally makes little difference; you’re likely to face a […]

Wireless Roadside Inspections Promise Productivity Gains for Carriers

Carriers could achieve substantial productivity gains and fuel savings if all goes as hoped in a long-awaited field test of a wireless roadside inspection (WRI) system to be conducted in five southern states starting this December. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) will engage 1,000 commercial trucks and buses in the test, which is […]

Owner Operators Or Employees Do You Know The Difference?

Do you staff your trucking company with owner operators or employees? If you think that you use owner operators, you may be incorrect. Companies across the US are misclassifying their employees and that mistake can cost them. Owner Operator vs Employee Independent contractor misclassification is common across all types of businesses, including the trucking industry. […]