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. […]

5 Steps for Trucking Companies Toward a Better Safety Culture

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Many companies complain about high insurance costs, particularly workers compensation. However, investments of time and money into safety and loss control programs can pay off in the long run. Some trucking companies choose to rely on their occupational accident coverage, instead of investing in work comp insurance. However, the decision of whether or not to […]

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 […]

Trusts for Transportation Business Owners (Webinar)

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In this 30-minute webinar, subject matter experts Nate Nelson and Brett Larson examine under what circumstances a trust can prove beneficial or detrimental for an organization. This post will look at the various trusts discussed in the webinar (link at bottom). Business Management Trusts Business management trusts are for the business owner who is not […]

Minnesota Truck Parking Assessment System

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The Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota published its final report on truck parking availability systems in January 2017. Truck Parking Background Truck parking can become a major safety concern when the driver lacks timely information on where there is available parking. Without this information, the driver is forced to decide between either […]

4 Freight Brokerage Coverages Worth the Investment

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Freight brokerages are one of the most commonly under-insured facets of the transportation industry. Many questions can arise for a broker, and we have the coverage lines that provide answers. Contingent Auto Liability Your business operations depend on the validity of a truck driver’s Certificate of Insurance. So what happens when a Certificate you believed to […]

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 […]

What to do if Your Trucking Insurance is Non-Renewed

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It’s 30 – 90 days before your trucking insurance renewal and you’ve just been informed that it’s been non-renewed. The good news is that a non-renewal typically will not negatively impact your ability to find insurance. This post will explain why you may have received this notice and what to do in order to keep […]

Transportation Industry 2017 – Political Outlook

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With the new year came a new president. President Trump took office on January 20th and is part of an administration that is sure to see some major changes unfold in the transportation sector over the next four years. Here are a few ways lives may be impacted by politics when it comes to transportation, especially in […]