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.
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.
Over-the-road truck drivers lead a sedentary life. They need all assistance to change over to a healthy lifestyle.
Fleet managers are integral to a successful transportation company.
A truck driving job description.
A listing of vehicle violations where a driver may receive CSA points.
Always be prepared for a DOT audit by daily auditing your drivers logs. That includes both paper and elogs.
A description of the railroad conductor job.
An easy to read, yet comprehensive, list of CSA point values.
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 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 list of locations to take skills and knowledge tests in Texas.
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).
About the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
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 all locations in Pennsylvania to take both the CDL knowledge and skills tests.
A comprehensive list of states self-certification of medical cards for commercial drivers license holders.
There are many frequently asked questions when it comes to obtaining a CDL. These questions are typically asked by newer drivers.
A list of locations to take a written or road CDL test in Illinois.
Here are five tips to hiring the right driver for your company.
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Louisiana.
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 specific DOT rules and regulations including DOT offices, speed limits by state and state specific size and weight restrictions.
Being a household goods broker is different than a property/freight broker. Learn the difference and become a first class household goods broker.
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A list of road test locations in Virginia.
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.
A list of toll bridges from New York through Washington state.
Ohio provides both state sponsered and third-party approved locations to take the CDL road test.
Missouri CDL knowledge and skills testing locations.
Negotiating freight contracts is a serious task. It takes time and ingenuity to get the best freight rates possible.
Definition of a Private Motor Carrier
Detailed instructions on how to fill out the motor carrier identification report (MCS-150).
A list of Michigan Third Party Testers who administer CDL road tests.
A list of state approved third party skills testers.
A list of locations throughout Minnesota where one may take a CDL knowledge test.
Mississippi CDL test locations for skills and written tests.
Definition of a for-hire carrier
Accessorial fees are charged for additional services performed by carriers for shippers.
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Colorado.
The following listing is for the CSA point values that only affect the motor carrier (MC).
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 all locations to take both the written and skills CDL tests in Oklahoma.
The John Wood Community College (JWCC), located in Quincy, IL, offers a truck driving training program.
A list of hazardous material violations where the driver receives the CSA points.
The definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle
New Jersey Written and Road CDL Testing Locations
What do all the lights, switches and gauges on your semi's dash mean?
A list of location to take a CDL skills test.
A list of items to check during a pre-trip inspection.
Fire extinguishers are required in the cab of every CMV as mandated by FMCSR 393.94.
Definition of Third Party Logistics (3PL)
A list of five ways to make you a good transportation manager.
Alabama CDL Written Test Locations
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 where to take the CDL skills test in Indiana.
A description of what a USDOT number is.
Carriers establish one-way pricing for their customers in order to be aggressive in the market and find new customers.
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.
Learn how OSHA plays a significant role in the trucking industry.
A list of chain laws by state within the United States.
The definition of rail freight. Freight & Trucking.
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Regulations
Developing and maintaining preventative maintenance and inspection procedures will benefit your drivers and your company.
A list of third party CDL skills testers in Georgia.
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations. Freight & Trucking.
Definitions within the freight brokerage business.
A border crossing guide when crossing from Michigan to Canada.
This is a review of § 383 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
A list of written and road test locations to obtain a commercial driver's license.
Every CMV must have working service, parking, and emergency brakes. The CMV driver must be able to reach these.
The Known Shipper Program allows for the safe transport of cargo on passenger planes.
The definition of Authorized For-Hire.
A detailed listing of FMCSA regulations on electronic on-board computers (EOBR).
A list of written CDL test locations in Colorado.
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.
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?
Certain trucking companies are required to establish drug and alcohol testing policies. Regardless of requirement, every trucking company should have such a policy.
Wisconsin has an extensive list of pre-approved 3rd party testers for the skills portion of the CDL.
Dunnage is necessary for the safe transport of cargo. There are a multitude of types of dunnage.
A checklist for use in hiring or performance reviews of fleet managers.
Operating authorities are for companies that are either for-hire carriers or those who arrange the transport thereof.
Ryder Lease Management offers a customer the ability to rent, lease or purchase commercial motor vehicles.
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.
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 purpose of a freight agent is to manage both incoming and outgoing shipments.
A listing of truckload carriers throughout the United States.
Ice roads are among the most treacherous roads in the world for truck drivers.
Operational expenses are used to determine your cost per run. Cost per run is how you determine your company's profitability.
An explanation of 49 CFR part 380, in every day language.
The China Ocean Shipping Company offers a variety of shipping services in freight haul.
The definition of Exempt For-Hire.
A list of the locations in North Carolina one may take the written CDL tests.
Do you know what lights you are required to have on your commercial motor vehicle?
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.
The job description of train engineers and operators.
The job description of a yardmaster.
What are five driver compensation packages to choose from in order to attract qualified drivers?
The definition of an interstate carrier
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.”
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.
Locations for taking the CDL written and road tests in the state of Iowa.
A listing of Federal Highway Administration locations by state.
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.
A how-to manual for developing a transportation manual.
Learn the basics of how cargo acts once loaded on your vehicle.
Definition of a freight broker. Freight & Trucking.
A compliance review is part of the process of keeping motor carrier's safe.
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
A list of Schedule I Drugs. Freight & Trucking.
The Department of Transportation is an integral part of the United States ability to transport goods (and passengers) in quick, safe and efficient method.
Low Air Warning Device. Freight & Trucking.
Drivers need rest, companies need to make money; where is the line between the two needs where both sides are happy?
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 CDL testing locations in Arkansas.
LTL carriers pick-up shipments from various customers until they have a full truckload.
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.
Do you know how much a fine will cost you? Learn how to calculate your potential fines.
Trucks may take their knowledge tests at state DMV offices. Off-site third party testers provide access to road tests.
A review of the Pre-Employment Screening Program.
A listing of skills and knowledge test locations in Tennessee.
Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs) are required to register an Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report (form MCS-150C) with the FMCSA.
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.
Aerodynamic accessories are a smart return on investment (ROI). The initial expense will pale in comparison to the long-term savings.
A list of locations to taken CDL written and road tests in the state of Georgia.
The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program provides federal funding for state CMV safety programs under 49 CFR 350.
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Nebraska.
How to go about setting up a trucker's mobile office.
Part two of the CDL Manual article series explores the penalities for driving offenses for CDL holders.
This is a review of §391 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
The basics on heavy highway vehicle use tax.
Locations to obtain a CDL in Louisiana
Definition of the word interstate
Definition of common carrier. Freight & Trucking.
Definition of the word intrastate
A list of skills testing locations in Florida.
Definitions the FMCSA has created for commonly used words or phrases in the trucking industry.
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Alaska.
Definition of a contract carrier
Florida East Coast (FEC) Railway operates every day of the year. Such service will be necessary once the Panama Canal Expansion is completed in 2014.
The Port of Houston is made up of the Port Houston Authority and 150+ private industrial companies located along the Houston Ship Channel.
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.
The Port of Albany is located on the Upper Hudson River in Albany, New York, United States.
Why must a commercial driver have his/her hearing tested at each DOT recertification?
A list of Idaho state approved CDL skills testers.
Massachusetts CDL Written and Skills Test Locations