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5 Hours of Service Regulations for Professional...
The United States Department of Transportation (DOT) regulates the number of hours a truck driver may drive per day as well as the total number of hours he/she may work per day and per week. These rules may at times seem confusing. Breaking the rules down by category helps to understand them more completely.
Dispatcher
Dispatchers are an important part of the trucking industry. This article describes the role of a dispatcher.
5 Healthy Habits for Over-The-Road Truck Drivers
Over-the-road truck drivers lead a sedentary life. They need all assistance to change over to a healthy lifestyle.
Railroad Conductors
A description of the railroad conductor job.
Logbook Auditing and D.O.T. Audits
Always be prepared for a DOT audit by daily auditing your drivers logs. That includes both paper and elogs.
DOT Inspections
A description of what is involved in DOT inspections as well as what is expected by the driver.
Commercial Vehicle Speed Limits by State
List of commercial vehicle speed limits by state for the United States of America.
Vehicle Violations (Driver Receives Points)
A listing of vehicle violations where a driver may receive CSA points.
Example of Third Party Logistics Provider...
A carrier contract is straightforward. The only differences should be the names of the companies involved and the specific terms agreed upon between carrier and shipper.
15 Truck Driver Gift Ideas
15 Truck Driver Gift Ideas
CSA Point Values
An easy to read, yet comprehensive, list of CSA point values.
Role of the Fleet Manager
Fleet managers are integral to a successful transportation company.
Container Shipping
Container shipping uses standard sized containers of 20 foot, 40 foot, 45 foot and 53 foot. TEU is twenty-foot equivalent unit, which is the standard measure.
Truck Driver Job Description
A truck driving job description.
How to Fill Out a Paper Daily Drivers Log
A detailed description of how to properly fill out a driver's daily log, or paper log.
Medical Card Self-Certification
A comprehensive list of states self-certification of medical cards for commercial drivers license holders.
Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Definition of Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Hiring Commercial Truck Drivers: What You Need...
All commercial truck drivers are required to have commercial driver’s license (CDL) if he/she will be operating in interstate, intrastate or foreign commerce, if he/she is driving a commercial motor vehicle (CMV).
5 Tips to Hiring the Right Driver
Here are five tips to hiring the right driver for your company.
Different Types of Freight Charges
There are several types of freight charges. Knowing the the different types of freight charges makes the difference when filling out a bill of lading.
Florida Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of state approved third party skills testers.
Michigan Third Party CDL Testers
A list of Michigan Third Party Testers who administer CDL road tests.
Louisiana Third Party CDL Testers
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Louisiana.
Employing Truck Drivers
Anyone driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) must possess a Commercial driver’s License (CDL). Each employer is required to run a Motor Vehicle Report (MVR) prior to hiring a CMV driver.
Minnesota CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations throughout Minnesota where one may take a CDL knowledge test.
Truck Drivers and Prescription Medicine
Truck drivers are like any other person in that they go to the doctor and receive prescription medications. However, truck drivers need to be especially careful about the medication they take so that there safety and performance are not adversely affected by that medication.
Ohio CDL Test Locations
Ohio provides both state sponsered and third-party approved locations to take the CDL road test.
Illinois CDL Test Locations
A list of locations to take a written or road CDL test in Illinois.
Pennsylvania CDL Test Locations
A list of all locations in Pennsylvania to take both the CDL knowledge and skills tests.
Negotiating Freight Contracts
Negotiating freight contracts is a serious task. It takes time and ingenuity to get the best freight rates possible.
DOT Information by State
A list of state specific DOT rules and regulations including DOT offices, speed limits by state and state specific size and weight restrictions.
Accessorial Fees
Accessorial fees are charged for additional services performed by carriers for shippers.
Oklahoma CDL Test Locations
A list of all locations to take both the written and skills CDL tests in Oklahoma.
United States Toll Bridges and Tunnels: New...
A list of toll bridges from New York through Washington state.
Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist
A list of items to check during a pre-trip inspection.
USDOT Number
A description of what a USDOT number is.
For Hire Carrier
Definition of a for-hire carrier
Wisconsin 3rd Party Testers
Wisconsin has an extensive list of pre-approved 3rd party testers for the skills portion of the CDL.
Arizona Third Party CDL Test Locations
A list of location to take a CDL skills test.
Utah CDL Testing Locations
A list of written and road test locations to obtain a commercial driver's license.
Missouri CDL Testing Locations
Missouri CDL knowledge and skills testing locations.
Private Motor Carrier
Definition of a Private Motor Carrier
Intermodal Transport Services
Intermodal transportation is the interconnecting modes of transportation utilizing multiple modes such as railroad, ship and tractor-trailer. Product moves from mode to mode without reloading the shipping container. The ideal situation is for all transportation elements to meld into a seamless system for effective and flexible needs of shippers.
CDL Manual – Part One
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Commercial Motor Vehicle
The definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle
Interstate Fuel Tax (IFT)
Interstate fuel tax is the tax commercial transporters pay to drive the nation’s highways. IFT is calculated according to jurisdictions, which is any state in the United States, any providence or territory of Canada or any state in Mexico.
What Is One-Way Pricing?
Carriers establish one-way pricing for their customers in order to be aggressive in the market and find new customers.
5 Reasons You Are a Good Transportation Manager!
A list of five ways to make you a good transportation manager.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...
About the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Frequently Asked CDL Questions
There are many frequently asked questions when it comes to obtaining a CDL. These questions are typically asked by newer drivers.
How to Fill Out the Motor Carrier Identificatio...
Detailed instructions on how to fill out the motor carrier identification report (MCS-150).
DHL Air Freight
DHL Air Freight Service carries 12 percent of the total worldwide market. They use scheduled flights and chartered planes as well as owning their own carrier.
Alabama CDL Test Locations
Alabama CDL Written Test Locations
Florida CDL Testing Locations
A list of skills testing locations in Florida.
Exempt For-Hire
The definition of Exempt For-Hire.
Indiana Third Party CDL Testers
A list of where to take the CDL skills test in Indiana.
Known Shipper Program
The Known Shipper Program allows for the safe transport of cargo on passenger planes.
Freight Agent Job Description
The purpose of a freight agent is to manage both incoming and outgoing shipments.
Am I an Independent Contractor or an Employee?
Not all independent contractor jobs should be classified as such. Some employers simply do not understand the rules and some are trying to avoid paying employment tax. Know your rights before you take an independent contractor job.
Michigan – Ontario Border Crossing Guide
A border crossing guide when crossing from Michigan to Canada.
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight...
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Regulations
Train Engineers and Operators
The job description of train engineers and operators.
Truckload Carriers
A listing of truckload carriers throughout the United States.
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
How to Write a Transportation Department Manual
A how-to manual for developing a transportation manual.
Freight Broker
Definition of a freight broker. Freight & Trucking.
Operational Expenses
Operational expenses are used to determine your cost per run. Cost per run is how you determine your company's profitability.
FMCSA Regulations on Electronic On-Board...
A detailed listing of FMCSA regulations on electronic on-board computers (EOBR).
Authorized For-Hire
The definition of Authorized For-Hire.
Dunnage
Dunnage is necessary for the safe transport of cargo. There are a multitude of types of dunnage.
Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS)
A description of the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS).
American Airlines Cargo
American Airlines Cargo offers a variety of choices for shipping your most urgent cargo. Choose from one of their three services, Priority Parcel Service, Expeditefs or Confirmedfs for quick delivery. American Airlines Cargo division has daily scheduled cargo runs to over 240 cities across 40 countries. They offer several services for transporting freight.
Preventative Maintenance and Inspection...
Developing and maintaining preventative maintenance and inspection procedures will benefit your drivers and your company.
Abu Dhabi Cargo Company
The Abu Dhabi Cargo Company is an international company that deals in cargo handling via the Abu Dhabi International Airport and the Al Ain International Airport.
Hazardous Material Violations (Driver Receives...
A list of hazardous material violations where the driver receives the CSA points.
Georgia Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of third party CDL skills testers in Georgia.
Drug and Alcohol Testing
The Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991 requires drug and alcohol testing for “safety sensitive” transportation employees. Such employees work across the transportation field including aviation, trucking, rail, mass transit and pipelines.
Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are required in the cab of every CMV as mandated by FMCSR 393.94.
Texas CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations to take skills and knowledge tests in Texas.
Chain Laws by State
A list of chain laws by state within the United States.
Iowa CDL Written Test Locations
Locations for taking the CDL written and road tests in the state of Iowa.
The Instruments and Gauges Found on a Common...
What do all the lights, switches and gauges on your semi's dash mean?
Operating Authority
Operating authorities are for companies that are either for-hire carriers or those who arrange the transport thereof.
Colorado Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Colorado.
CSA Points Assessed Only Against the Motor...
The following listing is for the CSA point values that only affect the motor carrier (MC).
China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Container...
The China Ocean Shipping Company offers a variety of shipping services in freight haul.
Driver Fatigue
Driver Fatigue is all too common a factor in truck driver related crashes. In April 2007, the Center for Intelligent Systems Research (COTR) related their report, “The Advanced Driver Fatigue Research.”
North Carolina CDL Test Locations
A list of the locations in North Carolina one may take the written CDL tests.
Truck Security Policy
Every transportation company is advised to have a written truck security policy.
Truck Drivers and Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a danger to everyone, truck driver and others alike. Sleep apnea is a condition where the upper airway narrows or closes during sleep. This causes a person to wake repeatedly during his/her sleep, which makes their sleep not restful.
Policy on the Retention of Supporting Documents
In keeping with the ever-advancing technologies in the 21st century, the D.O.T. has established an updated (as of June 10, 2010) policy on the retention of supporting documents for electronic mobile communication and tracking devices.
Colorado Written CDL Test Locations
A list of written CDL test locations in Colorado.
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations. Freight & Trucking.
New Jersey Written and Road CDL Testing Locations
New Jersey Written and Road CDL Testing Locations
Less-Than-Truckload (LTL)
LTL carriers pick-up shipments from various customers until they have a full truckload.
Definition of Rail Freight
The definition of rail freight. Freight & Trucking.
JWCC Truck Driver Training Program
The John Wood Community College (JWCC), located in Quincy, IL, offers a truck driving training program.
Fleet Manager Checklist
A checklist for use in hiring or performance reviews of fleet managers.
Example Policy: Random and Post-Accident Drug...
Certain trucking companies are required to establish drug and alcohol testing policies. Regardless of requirement, every trucking company should have such a policy.
The United States Department of Transportation
The Department of Transportation is an integral part of the United States ability to transport goods (and passengers) in quick, safe and efficient method.
Intermodal Equipment Provider Rule
Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs) are required to register an Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report (form MCS-150C) with the FMCSA.
Mississippi CDL Test Locations
Mississippi CDL test locations for skills and written tests.
Alabama CDL Test Locations
Alabama CDL Written Test Locations
Diesel Exhaust Fluid
Diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) is a combination of the chemical urea and purified water that together acts to convert nitrogen oxides into harmless nitrogen and water vapor.
49 CFR §380 - Entry Level Driver Training
An explanation of 49 CFR part 380, in every day language.
Nebraska Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Nebraska.
Virginia CDL Skills Testing Locations
A list of road test locations in Virginia.
Driver Fitness (Part I): The Law (§383)
This is a review of § 383 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
Unified Registration System (URS)
Have you done your biennial update? Update today and stay in compliance with FMCSRs.
Cargo Theft
Cargo theft can be the theft of an entire truck, rail car or cargo ship. Or, cargo theft can be theft of product off of a truck, rail car or cargo ship.
Semi-Truck Manufacturers
A listing of semi-truck manufacturers
Air Cargo Security
The amount of cargo shipped via air is less then rail, ship or truck. Nonetheless, it is still a significant part of the freight industry. Freight may be shipped either on a cargo only airplane or on a passenger airplane.
Compliance Review
A compliance review is part of the process of keeping motor carrier's safe.
Know Your Brakes
Every CMV must have working service, parking, and emergency brakes. The CMV driver must be able to reach these.
Ryder Fleet Management
Ryder Lease Management offers a customer the ability to rent, lease or purchase commercial motor vehicles.
Driver Fitness (Part II): The Law (§391)
This is a review of §391 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
Pre-Employment Screening Program
A review of the Pre-Employment Screening Program.
South Dakota CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations where CMV drivers may obtain a CDL.
Scheduling Drivers – Rest versus Profit
Drivers need rest, companies need to make money; where is the line between the two needs where both sides are happy?
Container Shipping: A Key Factor to the World...
An inside look on the importance of cargo containers.
Yardmasters
The job description of a yardmaster.
Arkansas CDL Testing Locations
A list of CDL testing locations in Arkansas.
Vehicle Registrant
The definition of a vehicle registrant.
Le Havre Port
Le Havre is the second largest French port and the fifth largest North-European port.
Definition of Interstate
Definition of the word interstate
Low Air Warning Device
Low Air Warning Device. Freight & Trucking.
FMCSA Definitions
Definitions the FMCSA has created for commonly used words or phrases in the trucking industry.
Interstate Carrier
The definition of an interstate carrier
Tennessee CDL Testing Locations
A listing of skills and knowledge test locations in Tennessee.
CDL Manual – Part Two
Part two of the CDL Manual article series explores the penalities for driving offenses for CDL holders.
Michigan CDL Written Test Locations
Michigan CDL Written Test Locations
Mountain Driving 101
The basics of mountain driving. Freight & Trucking.
Household Goods Brokers
Being a household goods broker is different than a property/freight broker. Learn the difference and become a first class household goods broker.
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)
The International Air Cargo Association exists to ensure the safety and prosperity of the air cargo industry.
Definition of Intrastate
Definition of the word intrastate
Interstate Hazmat Shipper
The definition of an interstate hazmat shipper
Unsafe Driving: The Law
The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) initiative by the DOT offers seven BASICs for drivers and motor carriers by which they may see how their safety is rated. The first of the BASICs is Unsafe Driving.
Freight Brokerage Definitions
Definitions within the freight brokerage business.
California CDL Testing Locations
California CDL Testing Locations
Washington (State) CDL Test Locations
Take knowledge and skills tests at numerous locations throughout the state of Washington.
Unions 101
Unions are a way to ensure that employees receive fair compensation and treatment.
Five Driver Compensation Packages for...
What are five driver compensation packages to choose from in order to attract qualified drivers?
Longer Combination Vehicle (LCV)
A longer combination vehicle (LCV) is any combination of a tractor-trailer and two or more trailers which operate on highways with a gross vehicle weight of more than 80,000 pounds (36,288 kilograms).
MCSAP (Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program)
The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program provides federal funding for state CMV safety programs under 49 CFR 350.
Aerodynamic Accessories
Aerodynamic accessories are a smart return on investment (ROI). The initial expense will pale in comparison to the long-term savings.
An Overview of the Trucking Industry by OSHA...
Learn how OSHA plays a significant role in the trucking industry.
Contract Carrier
Definition of a contract carrier
Louisiana CDL Testing Locations
Locations to obtain a CDL in Louisiana
Idaho Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of Idaho state approved CDL skills testers.
New York CDL Test Locations
Knowledge tests may be taken at a large variety of locations throughout New York state.

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