Freight & Trucking: Most Popular Articles
Dispatchers are an important part of the trucking industry. This article describes the role of a dispatcher.
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.
Over-the-road truck drivers lead a sedentary life. They need all assistance to change over to a healthy lifestyle.
A description of the railroad conductor job.
For those who spend their life behind a steering wheel, finding a practical gift can be a challenge. Here are 15 gift ideas for your favorite truck driver!
Always be prepared for a DOT audit by daily auditing your drivers logs. That includes both paper and elogs.
A description of what is involved in DOT inspections as well as what is expected by the driver.
Fleet managers are integral to a successful transportation company.
A listing of vehicle violations where a driver may receive CSA points.
An easy to read, yet comprehensive, list of CSA point values.
A truck driving job description.
A detailed description of how to properly fill out a driver's daily log, or paper log.
List of commercial vehicle speed limits by state for the United States of America.
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.
A list of locations to take skills and knowledge tests in Texas.
About the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
All commercial truck drivers are required to have commercial driverâ€™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).
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.
A list of all locations in Pennsylvania to take both the CDL knowledge and skills tests.
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Louisiana.
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.
Ohio provides both state sponsered and third-party approved locations to take the CDL road test.
A list of locations to take a written or road CDL test in Illinois.
A list of state approved third party skills testers.
A comprehensive list of states self-certification of medical cards for commercial drivers license holders.
A list of locations throughout Minnesota where one may take a CDL knowledge test.
A list of Michigan Third Party Testers who administer CDL road tests.
There are many frequently asked questions when it comes to obtaining a CDL. These questions are typically asked by newer drivers.
Being a household goods broker is different than a property/freight broker. Learn the difference and become a first class household goods broker.
A list of state specific DOT rules and regulations including DOT offices, speed limits by state and state specific size and weight restrictions.
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Here are five tips to hiring the right driver for your company.
A list of toll bridges from New York through Washington state.
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.
A list of road test locations in Virginia.
What do all the lights, switches and gauges on your semi's dash mean?
The John Wood Community College (JWCC), located in Quincy, IL, offers a truck driving training program.
Wisconsin has an extensive list of pre-approved 3rd party testers for the skills portion of the CDL.
A list of location to take a CDL skills test.
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.
Negotiating freight contracts is a serious task. It takes time and ingenuity to get the best freight rates possible.
Accessorial fees are charged for additional services performed by carriers for shippers.
Missouri CDL knowledge and skills testing locations.
Definition of Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Fire extinguishers are required in the cab of every CMV as mandated by FMCSR 393.94.
Definition of a for-hire carrier
The job description of train engineers and operators.
A list of all locations to take both the written and skills CDL tests in Oklahoma.
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.
A list of where to take the CDL skills test in Indiana.
The following listing is for the CSA point values that only affect the motor carrier (MC).
A list of hazardous material violations where the driver receives the CSA points.
A list of five ways to make you a good transportation manager.
The definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle
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.
A how-to manual for developing a transportation manual.
A description of what a USDOT number is.
Locations for taking the CDL written and road tests in the state of Iowa.
Alabama CDL Written Test Locations
Definition of a Private Motor Carrier
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Colorado.
Detailed instructions on how to fill out the motor carrier identification report (MCS-150).
A border crossing guide when crossing from Michigan to Canada.
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.
This is a review of § 383 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
What happens if I call the D.O.T. and report my company for making me drive an unsafe vehicle? Do I have any grounds to fight a termination or demotion or harassment?
Carriers establish one-way pricing for their customers in order to be aggressive in the market and find new customers.
Mississippi CDL test locations for skills and written tests.
A list of chain laws by state within the United States.
LTL carriers pick-up shipments from various customers until they have a full truckload.
A list of items to check during a pre-trip inspection.
A detailed listing of FMCSA regulations on electronic on-board computers (EOBR).
Learn how OSHA plays a significant role in the trucking industry.
Dunnage is necessary for the safe transport of cargo. There are a multitude of types of dunnage.
New Jersey Written and Road CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations to taken CDL written and road tests in the state of Georgia.
The definition of Exempt For-Hire.
The purpose of a freight agent is to manage both incoming and outgoing shipments.
Aerodynamic accessories are a smart return on investment (ROI). The initial expense will pale in comparison to the long-term savings.
A list of Schedule I Drugs. Freight & Trucking.
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.
Certain trucking companies are required to establish drug and alcohol testing policies. Regardless of requirement, every trucking company should have such a policy.
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.
Definitions within the freight brokerage business.
Ryder Lease Management offers a customer the ability to rent, lease or purchase commercial motor vehicles.
A checklist for use in hiring or performance reviews of fleet managers.
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
Definitions the FMCSA has created for commonly used words or phrases in the trucking industry.
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations. Freight & Trucking.
A list of written and road test locations to obtain a commercial driver's license.
A list of skills testing locations in Florida.
A listing of skills and knowledge test locations in Tennessee.
A list of third party CDL skills testers in Georgia.
Every CMV must have working service, parking, and emergency brakes. The CMV driver must be able to reach these.
Developing and maintaining preventative maintenance and inspection procedures will benefit your drivers and your company.
Why must a commercial driver have his/her hearing tested at each DOT recertification?
Factoring is the sale of a companies invoices for immediate cash.
Drivers need rest, companies need to make money; where is the line between the two needs where both sides are happy?
The Known Shipper Program allows for the safe transport of cargo on passenger planes.
A list of the locations in North Carolina one may take the written CDL tests.
What are five driver compensation packages to choose from in order to attract qualified drivers?
Do you know what lights you are required to have on your commercial motor vehicle?
An explanation of 49 CFR part 380, in every day language.
The Department of Transportation is an integral part of the United States ability to transport goods (and passengers) in quick, safe and efficient method.
A review of the company Cargolux.
Knowledge tests may be taken at a large variety of locations throughout New York state.
Do you know how much a fine will cost you? Learn how to calculate your potential fines.
The job description of a yardmaster.
A listing of semi-truck manufacturers
The China Ocean Shipping Company offers a variety of shipping services in freight haul.
Part two of the CDL Manual article series explores the penalities for driving offenses for CDL holders.
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.
Trucks may take their knowledge tests at state DMV offices. Off-site third party testers provide access to road tests.
Ice roads are among the most treacherous roads in the world for truck drivers.
A listing of truckload carriers throughout the United States.
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.
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Nebraska.
A list of written CDL test locations in Colorado.
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.”
Interstate fuel tax is the tax commercial transporters pay to drive the nationâs 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.
Definition of a freight broker. Freight & Trucking.
Operational expenses are used to determine your cost per run. Cost per run is how you determine your company's profitability.
The definition of Authorized For-Hire.
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Regulations
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.
A list of Idaho state approved CDL skills testers.
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).
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.
A list of CDL testing locations in Arkansas.
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.
Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs) are required to register an Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report (form MCS-150C) with the FMCSA.
The basics of mountain driving. Freight & Trucking.
The definition of an interstate carrier
Definition of the word intrastate
How to go about setting up a trucker's mobile office.
A complete listing of United States toll bridges and tunnels.
Operating authorities are for companies that are either for-hire carriers or those who arrange the transport thereof.
Have you done your biennial update? Update today and stay in compliance with FMCSRs.
A description of the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS).
Take knowledge and skills tests at numerous locations throughout the state of Washington.
Locations to obtain a CDL in Louisiana
The definition of rail freight. Freight & Trucking.
A list of South Dakota Third Party CDL Test Locations.
The state of West Virginia provides locations to take the CDL knowledge test as well as a list of third party skills test administrators.
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.
This is a review of §391 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
Learn the basics of how cargo acts once loaded on your vehicle.
A compliance review is part of the process of keeping motor carrier's safe.
Low Air Warning Device. Freight & Trucking.
How do you treat an ill or fatigued driver? With discretion and tact. And handle each situation as it arises. There are no hard and fast rules.