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 […]

Heavily Debated Trucking Industry Hours-of-Service Regulations Under Review

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is currently reviewing the hours-of-service rules that were established in 1995 by the defunct Interstate Commerce Commission. FHWA has made it clear that they are assessing the regulations based on motor carrier efficiency and productivity as well as safety of motor carriers. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety agrees that […]

Welcome to the Trucking News & Insurance Blog

The transportation industry comprises the backbone of the American economy, and is fundamental to our way of life. This makes the ongoing success of such businesses in the best interest of everyone. Yet most trucking operations lack appropriate coverage to protect their business in the event of a collision, accident, burglary, liability claim, force of […]