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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.
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 Does a Railroad Conductor Do?
A description of the railroad conductor job.
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.
Vehicle Violations (Driver Receives Points)
A listing of vehicle violations where a driver may receive CSA points.
What Is It Like to Be a Truck Driver?
A truck driving job description.
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.
Role of the Fleet Manager
Fleet managers are integral to a successful transportation company.
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.
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.
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!
CSA Point Values
An easy to read, yet comprehensive, list of CSA point values.
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.
Commercial Vehicle Speed Limits by State
List of commercial vehicle speed limits by state for the United States of America.
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.
United States Toll Bridges and Tunnels: New...
A list of toll bridges from New York through Washington state.
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).
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.
Louisiana Third Party CDL Testers
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Louisiana.
Medical Card Self-Certification
A comprehensive list of states self-certification of medical cards for commercial drivers license holders.
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.
The Instruments and Gauges Found on a Common...
What do all the lights, switches and gauges on your semi's dash mean?
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.
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.
How to Fill Out the Motor Carrier Identificatio...
Detailed instructions on how to fill out the motor carrier identification report (MCS-150).
Florida Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of state approved third party skills testers.
Negotiating Freight Contracts
Negotiating freight contracts is a serious task. It takes time and ingenuity to get the best freight rates possible.
Ohio CDL Test Locations
Ohio provides both state sponsered and third-party approved locations to take the CDL road 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.
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.
Michigan Third Party CDL Testers
A list of Michigan Third Party Testers who administer CDL road tests.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...
About the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
Accessorial Fees
Accessorial fees are charged for additional services performed by carriers for shippers.
Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist
A list of items to check during a pre-trip inspection.
Texas CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations to take skills and knowledge tests in Texas.
Arizona Third Party CDL Test Locations
A list of location to take a CDL skills test.
For Hire Carrier
Definition of a for-hire carrier
CDL Manual – Part One
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Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are required in the cab of every CMV as mandated by FMCSR 393.94.
USDOT Number
A description of what a USDOT number is.
Indiana Third Party CDL Testers
A list of where to take the CDL skills test in Indiana.
Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Definition of Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Alabama CDL Test Locations
Alabama CDL Written Test Locations
Colorado Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Colorado.
Minnesota CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations throughout Minnesota where one may take a CDL knowledge test.
Missouri CDL Testing Locations
Missouri CDL knowledge and skills testing locations.
An Overview of the Trucking Industry by OSHA...
Learn how OSHA plays a significant role in the trucking industry.
5 Reasons You Are a Good Transportation Manager!
A list of five ways to make you a good transportation manager.
Train Engineers and Operators
The job description of train engineers and operators.
Mississippi CDL Test Locations
Mississippi CDL test locations for skills and written tests.
CSA Points Assessed Only Against the Motor...
The following listing is for the CSA point values that only affect the motor carrier (MC).
Preventative Maintenance and Inspection...
Developing and maintaining preventative maintenance and inspection procedures will benefit your drivers and your company.
Freight Agent Job Description
The purpose of a freight agent is to manage both incoming and outgoing shipments.
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.
Freight Brokerage Definitions
Definitions within the freight brokerage business.
Commercial Motor Vehicle
The definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle
Oklahoma CDL Test Locations
A list of all locations to take both the written and skills CDL tests in Oklahoma.
JWCC Truck Driver Training Program
The John Wood Community College (JWCC), located in Quincy, IL, offers a truck driving training program.
Freight Broker
Definition of a freight broker. Freight & Trucking.
Private Motor Carrier
Definition of a Private Motor Carrier
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.
Known Shipper Program
The Known Shipper Program allows for the safe transport of cargo on passenger planes.
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.
49 CFR §380 - Entry Level Driver Training
An explanation of 49 CFR part 380, in every day language.
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.
Operating Authority
Operating authorities are for companies that are either for-hire carriers or those who arrange the transport thereof.
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.
Exempt For-Hire
The definition of Exempt For-Hire.
Five Driver Compensation Packages for...
What are five driver compensation packages to choose from in order to attract qualified drivers?
How to Write a Transportation Department Manual
A how-to manual for developing a transportation manual.
Hazardous Material Violations (Driver Receives...
A list of hazardous material violations where the driver receives the CSA points.
Northwest Territories Ice Roads
Ice roads are among the most treacherous roads in the world for truck drivers.
Nebraska Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Nebraska.
Port of Houston (Texas)
The Port of Houston is made up of the Port Houston Authority and 150+ private industrial companies located along the Houston Ship Channel.
Truck Light Requirements
Do you know what lights you are required to have on your commercial motor vehicle?
Driver Fitness (Part I): The Law (§383)
This is a review of § 383 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
Wisconsin 3rd Party Testers
Wisconsin has an extensive list of pre-approved 3rd party testers for the skills portion of the CDL.
Utah CDL Testing Locations
A list of written and road test locations to obtain a commercial driver's license.
Ryder Fleet Management
Ryder Lease Management offers a customer the ability to rent, lease or purchase commercial motor vehicles.
Yardmasters
The job description of a yardmaster.
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.
Truckload Carriers
A listing of truckload carriers throughout the United States.
Compliance Review
A compliance review is part of the process of keeping motor carrier's safe.
Virginia CDL Skills Testing Locations
A list of road test locations in Virginia.
Colorado Written CDL Test Locations
A list of written CDL test locations in Colorado.
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.
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).
Florida CDL Testing Locations
A list of skills testing locations in Florida.
Federal Highway Administration Locations by State
A listing of Federal Highway Administration locations by state.
Chain Laws by State
A list of chain laws by state within the United States.
North Carolina CDL Test Locations
A list of the locations in North Carolina one may take the written CDL tests.
Authorized For-Hire
The definition of Authorized For-Hire.
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.
Georgia Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of third party CDL skills testers in Georgia.
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight...
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Regulations
Idaho Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of Idaho state approved CDL skills testers.
FMCSA Regulations on Electronic On-Board...
A detailed listing of FMCSA regulations on electronic on-board computers (EOBR).
Know Your Brakes
Every CMV must have working service, parking, and emergency brakes. The CMV driver must be able to reach these.
CDL Manual – Part Two
Part two of the CDL Manual article series explores the penalities for driving offenses for CDL holders.
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
The Commercial Driver Hearing Test
Why must a commercial driver have his/her hearing tested at each DOT recertification?
Interstate Carrier
The definition of an interstate carrier
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations. Freight & Trucking.
Fleet Manager Checklist
A checklist for use in hiring or performance reviews of fleet managers.
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?
Operational Expenses
Operational expenses are used to determine your cost per run. Cost per run is how you determine your company's profitability.
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.
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.
Michigan – Ontario Border Crossing Guide
A border crossing guide when crossing from Michigan to Canada.
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.
Unified Registration System (URS)
Have you done your biennial update? Update today and stay in compliance with FMCSRs.
Iowa CDL Written Test Locations
Locations for taking the CDL written and road tests in the state of Iowa.
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.
Factors for Determining Penalties
Do you know how much a fine will cost you? Learn how to calculate your potential fines.
Low Air Warning Device
Low Air Warning Device. Freight & Trucking.
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.
Schedule I Drugs
A list of Schedule I Drugs. Freight & Trucking.
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.
Trucker’s Mobile Office
How to go about setting up a trucker's mobile office.
Common Carrier
Definition of common carrier. Freight & Trucking.
Definition of Rail Freight
The definition of rail freight. Freight & Trucking.
Truck Security Policy
Every transportation company is advised to have a written truck security policy.
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.”
Arkansas CDL Testing Locations
A list of CDL testing locations in Arkansas.
Aerodynamic Accessories
Aerodynamic accessories are a smart return on investment (ROI). The initial expense will pale in comparison to the long-term savings.
Intermodal Equipment Provider Rule
Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs) are required to register an Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report (form MCS-150C) with the FMCSA.
CDL Test Locations Georgia
A list of locations to taken CDL written and road tests in the state of Georgia.
FMCSA Definitions
Definitions the FMCSA has created for commonly used words or phrases in the trucking industry.
Louisiana CDL Testing Locations
Locations to obtain a CDL in Louisiana
Definition of Intrastate
Definition of the word intrastate
Dunnage
Dunnage is necessary for the safe transport of cargo. There are a multitude of types of dunnage.
Less-Than-Truckload (LTL)
LTL carriers pick-up shipments from various customers until they have a full truckload.
Effective Driver/Manager Communication
In order to effectively communicate, one must be just as willing to listen as he is to speak.
China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Container...
The China Ocean Shipping Company offers a variety of shipping services in freight haul.
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
Port of Albany (New York, United States)
The Port of Albany is located on the Upper Hudson River in Albany, New York, United States.
Definition of Interstate
Definition of the word interstate
Washington (State) CDL Test Locations
Take knowledge and skills tests at numerous locations throughout the state of Washington.
Pre-Employment Screening Program
A review of the Pre-Employment Screening Program.
FMCSA Vehicle Classes
Vehicle Classes according to the FHWA
Factoring
Factoring is the sale of a companies invoices for immediate cash.
Private Property
The definition of private property.
Alaska Third Party CDL Skills Test Locations
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Alaska.
FMCSA Recommendations on Truck and Cargo Security
The FMCSA has put forth some standard, yet highly advisable, recommendations for the continued security of yourself and your cargo load.
Intrastate Non-Hazmat Carrier
The definition of an intrastate non-hazmat carrier.
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.
Indiana CDL Written Testing Locations
Where in Indiana may an individual take the written CDL test?

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