Food Haulers to Again be Affected by May 31 Rule

The seventh and final rule of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) of 2005 is set to be published May 31st, 2016. Overview The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) filed its rule on the protection against intentional adulteration on December 20th, 2013. According to Michael Taylor, FDA’s deputy commissioner for foods and veterinary medicine, “The goal is […]

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 […]

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 […]

CVSA Focusing on Tire Safety in 2016

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Since its inception in 1988, roadside inspections conducted during the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck have numbered more than 1.4 million. The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s 29th annual roadcheck will take place June 7-9, 2016. During this 72-hour period, approximately 10,000 CVSA-certified local, state, provincial and federal inspectors in jurisdictions across North America […]

Becoming an Owner Operator: Financial Considerations

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You’ve taken into account the personal considerations (family, health, etc.) of becoming an owner operator and have obtained—or are on the way to obtaining—your commercial driver’s license (CDL). That means it’s time to tackle your finances and form a business plan that will ideally prevent you from going bankrupt within your first year on the road. Trucking Equipment […]

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 […]