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 […]

“Don’t Be That Driver.” | National Work Zone Awareness Week

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In 2014, 669 deaths occurred in roadway work zones. Today is the first day of National Work Zone Awareness Week (April 11-15). This week is held to bring national attention to motorist and worker safety in work zones. The initiative began in 1999, and this year’s theme is “Don’t Be That Driver.” According to the […]

Food Haulers Directly Affected by Next FSMA Rule

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Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) Overview Congress passed the FSMA in December 2010, and it was signed into law by President Obama in January 2011. The law increased the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) power by allowing the FDA to focus on preventing food safety problems rather than simply responding to them. Final Rule Timeline To […]

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 […]