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