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The Role of the Dispatcher
Dispatchers are an important part of the trucking industry. This article describes the role of a dispatcher.
What Is It Like to Be a Truck Driver?
A truck driving job description.
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.
What to Expect During a DOT Inspection
A description of what is involved in DOT inspections as well as what is expected by the driver.
What You Should Expect in Logbook and DOT Audits
Always be prepared for a DOT audit by daily auditing your drivers logs. That includes both paper and elogs.
Vehicle Violations (Driver Receives Points)
A listing of vehicle violations where a driver may receive CSA points.
Role of the Fleet Manager
Fleet managers are integral to a successful transportation company.
Commercial Vehicle Speed Limits by State
List of commercial vehicle speed limits by state for the United States of America.
How to Fill Out Your Daily Trucker's Log
A detailed description of how to properly fill out a driver's daily log, or paper log.
What is a 3rd Party Logistics Provider Contract?
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
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!
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).
CSA Point Values
An easy to read, yet comprehensive, list of CSA point values.
What Does a Railroad Conductor Do?
A description of the railroad conductor job.
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.
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.
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.
Texas CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations to take skills and knowledge tests in Texas.
Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist
A list of items to check during a pre-trip inspection.
Florida Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of state approved third party skills testers.
Pennsylvania CDL Test Locations
A list of all locations in Pennsylvania to take both the CDL knowledge and skills tests.
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.
Ohio CDL Test Locations
Ohio provides both state sponsered and third-party approved locations to take the CDL road test.
An Overview of the Trucking Industry by OSHA...
Learn how OSHA plays a significant role in the trucking industry.
Louisiana Third Party CDL Testers
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Louisiana.
CDL Manual – Part One
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Arizona Third Party CDL Test Locations
A list of location to take a CDL skills test.
Illinois CDL Test Locations
A list of locations to take a written or road CDL test in Illinois.
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.
Medical Card Self-Certification
A comprehensive list of states self-certification of medical cards for commercial drivers license holders.
For Hire Carrier
Definition of a for-hire carrier
The Instruments and Gauges Found on a Common...
What do all the lights, switches and gauges on your semi's dash mean?
Negotiating Freight Contracts
Negotiating freight contracts is a serious task. It takes time and ingenuity to get the best freight rates possible.
Preventative Maintenance and Inspection...
Developing and maintaining preventative maintenance and inspection procedures will benefit your drivers and your company.
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.
Alabama CDL Test Locations
Alabama CDL Written Test Locations
United States Toll Bridges and Tunnels: New...
A list of toll bridges from New York through Washington state.
Accessorial Fees
Accessorial fees are charged for additional services performed by carriers for shippers.
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.
5 Reasons You Are a Good Transportation Manager!
A list of five ways to make you a good transportation manager.
Michigan Third Party CDL Testers
A list of Michigan Third Party Testers who administer CDL road tests.
Train Engineers and Operators
The job description of train engineers and operators.
Minnesota CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations throughout Minnesota where one may take a CDL knowledge test.
FMCSA Regulations on Electronic On-Board...
A detailed listing of FMCSA regulations on electronic on-board computers (EOBR).
Wisconsin 3rd Party Testers
Wisconsin has an extensive list of pre-approved 3rd party testers for the skills portion of the CDL.
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.
Freight Agent Job Description
The purpose of a freight agent is to manage both incoming and outgoing shipments.
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.
Oklahoma CDL Test Locations
A list of all locations to take both the written and skills CDL tests in Oklahoma.
Indiana Third Party CDL Testers
A list of where to take the CDL skills test in Indiana.
Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are required in the cab of every CMV as mandated by FMCSR 393.94.
Private Motor Carrier
Definition of a Private Motor Carrier
Missouri CDL Testing Locations
Missouri CDL knowledge and skills testing locations.
Mississippi CDL Test Locations
Mississippi CDL test locations for skills and written tests.
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.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...
About the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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.
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.
Utah CDL Testing Locations
A list of written and road test locations to obtain a commercial driver's license.
Fleet Manager Checklist
A checklist for use in hiring or performance reviews of fleet managers.
Virginia CDL Skills Testing Locations
A list of road test locations in Virginia.
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).
Driver Fitness (Part I): The Law (§383)
This is a review of § 383 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight...
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Regulations
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.
Ryder Fleet Management
Ryder Lease Management offers a customer the ability to rent, lease or purchase commercial motor vehicles.
Georgia Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of third party CDL skills testers in Georgia.
Compliance Review
A compliance review is part of the process of keeping motor carrier's safe.
Exempt For-Hire
The definition of Exempt For-Hire.
Hazardous Material Violations (Driver Receives...
A list of hazardous material violations where the driver receives the CSA points.
Ill or Fatigued Truck Driver
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.
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations. Freight & Trucking.
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.
North Carolina CDL Test Locations
A list of the locations in North Carolina one may take the written CDL tests.
Colorado Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Colorado.
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
Toll Roads in the United States of America
Toll Roads in the United States of America
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.
Known Shipper Program
The Known Shipper Program allows for the safe transport of cargo on passenger planes.
Intermodal Equipment Provider Rule
Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs) are required to register an Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report (form MCS-150C) with the FMCSA.
CSA Points Assessed Only Against the Motor...
The following listing is for the CSA point values that only affect the motor carrier (MC).
Authorized For-Hire
The definition of Authorized For-Hire.
Tennessee CDL Testing Locations
A listing of skills and knowledge test locations in Tennessee.
New Jersey Written and Road CDL Testing Locations
New Jersey Written and Road CDL Testing Locations
The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)
The International Air Cargo Association exists to ensure the safety and prosperity of the air cargo industry.
Unified Registration System (URS)
Have you done your biennial update? Update today and stay in compliance with FMCSRs.
China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Container...
The China Ocean Shipping Company offers a variety of shipping services in freight haul.
Nebraska Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Nebraska.
How to Write a Transportation Department Manual
A how-to manual for developing a transportation manual.
Less-Than-Truckload (LTL)
LTL carriers pick-up shipments from various customers until they have a full truckload.
Mountain Driving 101
The basics of mountain driving. Freight & Trucking.
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.
Pre-Employment Screening Program
A review of the Pre-Employment Screening Program.
USDOT Number
A description of what a USDOT number is.
Know Your Brakes
Every CMV must have working service, parking, and emergency brakes. The CMV driver must be able to reach these.
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?
Low Air Warning Device
Low Air Warning Device. Freight & Trucking.
Yardmasters
The job description of a yardmaster.
United States Toll Bridges and Tunnels
A complete listing of United States toll bridges and tunnels.
49 CFR §380 - Entry Level Driver Training
An explanation of 49 CFR part 380, in every day language.
Interstate Hazmat Shipper
The definition of an interstate hazmat shipper
Indian Tribe (Transportation)
The definition of indian tribe transportation.
Aerodynamic Accessories
Aerodynamic accessories are a smart return on investment (ROI). The initial expense will pale in comparison to the long-term savings.
State Government
The definition of State Government as it relates to transportation.
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.”
Michigan – Ontario Border Crossing Guide
A border crossing guide when crossing from Michigan to Canada.
Dunnage
Dunnage is necessary for the safe transport of cargo. There are a multitude of types of dunnage.
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.
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.
Consignee
A definition of consignee. Freight & Trucking.
Safety Belts and You
Safety belts have been statistically proven to save lives and reduce injuries. Protect your drivers and your company's bottom line by instituting a safety belt use program.
Florida CDL Testing Locations
A list of skills testing locations in Florida.
Truck Light Requirements
Do you know what lights you are required to have on your commercial motor vehicle?
Freight Broker
Definition of a freight broker. Freight & Trucking.
Do You Dare Become Labeled a Whistle Blower?
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?
Contract Carrier
Definition of a contract carrier
Port of Albany (New York, United States)
The Port of Albany is located on the Upper Hudson River in Albany, New York, United States.
Factors for Determining Penalties
Do you know how much a fine will cost you? Learn how to calculate your potential fines.
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.
Oregon CDL Test Locations
Trucks may take their knowledge tests at state DMV offices. Off-site third party testers provide access to road tests.
JWCC Truck Driver Training Program
The John Wood Community College (JWCC), located in Quincy, IL, offers a truck driving training program.
Effective Driver/Manager Communication
In order to effectively communicate, one must be just as willing to listen as he is to speak.
Tailgating
Tailgating a commercial motor vehicle can result in fatal accidents.
Federal Highway Administration Locations by State
A listing of Federal Highway Administration locations by state.
Common Carrier
Definition of common carrier. Freight & Trucking.
New York CDL Test Locations
Knowledge tests may be taken at a large variety of locations throughout New York state.
Local Government (Transportation)
The definition of local government in regards to transportation.
Setúbal a Portuguese Port
Setúbal has a rapid direct international road and rail links. It is also accessible by sea. The public terminals are set up to perform varying duties such as accepting Roll-on/Roll-off freight, containerized freight and bulk cargo.
George Washington Bridge
The height and width limitations for crossing the George Washington Bridge.
Intrastate Hazmat Shipper
The definition of an intrastate hazmat shipper.
Controlled Substances and Alcohol: The Law...
Reading the Code of Federal Regulations can be daunting. This is a break down of part 382 into everyday language.
Operating Authority
Operating authorities are for companies that are either for-hire carriers or those who arrange the transport thereof.
Arizona CDL Testing Locations
Arizona CDL Testing Locations. Freight & Trucking.
MCSAP (Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program)
The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program provides federal funding for state CMV safety programs under 49 CFR 350.
Alaska Third Party CDL Skills Test Locations
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Alaska.
Driver Fitness (Part II): The Law (§391)
This is a review of §391 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
Schedule I Drugs
A list of Schedule I Drugs. Freight & Trucking.
Colorado Written CDL Test Locations
A list of written CDL test locations in Colorado.
Metropolitan Transportation Commission
On May 2, 2011, the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) announced that as of July 1, 2011 vehicles with two or more axles will see a two-phase toll increase.
Five Driver Compensation Packages for...
What are five driver compensation packages to choose from in order to attract qualified drivers?
Factoring
Factoring is the sale of a companies invoices for immediate cash.
Private Property
The definition of private property.
North American Fatigue Management Program
The North American Fatigue Management Program focuses on developing company policies that encourage driver rest.
Port of Baltimore
Port of Baltimore. Freight & Trucking.
St. Lawrence Seaway
The St. Lawrence Seaway was built in a partnership between the United States and Canada. It was opened to deep draft navigation in 1959. The Seaway is made up of the St. Lawrence River, St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes. It is also called Hwy H20.
Driver Health in the Wintertime
Drivers face enough stress from the roads in the wintertime, but compound that with bad eating habits and you are asking for a problem.
Virginia CDL Test Locations
A list of locations to take the written test in Virginia.

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