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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 Is It Like to Be a Truck Driver?
A truck driving job description.
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.
Commercial Vehicle Speed Limits by State
List of commercial vehicle speed limits by state for the United States of America.
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.
Pre-Trip Inspection Checklist
A list of items to check during a pre-trip inspection.
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.
What Does a Railroad Conductor Do?
A description of the railroad conductor job.
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.
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.
Medical Card Self-Certification
A comprehensive list of states self-certification of medical cards for commercial drivers license holders.
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).
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!
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.
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.
5 Tips to Hiring the Right Driver
Here are five tips to hiring the right driver for your company.
United States Toll Bridges and Tunnels: New...
A list of toll bridges from New York through Washington state.
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.
Texas CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations to take skills and knowledge tests in Texas.
Louisiana Third Party CDL Testers
A list of state approved third party CDL testers in Louisiana.
CDL Manual – Part One
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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.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration...
About the mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Instruments and Gauges Found on a Common...
What do all the lights, switches and gauges on your semi's dash mean?
Pennsylvania CDL Test Locations
A list of all locations in Pennsylvania to take both the CDL knowledge and skills tests.
Ohio CDL Test Locations
Ohio provides both state sponsered and third-party approved locations to take the CDL road test.
Illinois CDL Test Locations
A list of locations to take a written or road CDL test in Illinois.
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.
How to Fill Out the Motor Carrier Identificatio...
Detailed instructions on how to fill out the motor carrier identification report (MCS-150).
An Overview of the Trucking Industry by OSHA...
Learn how OSHA plays a significant role in the trucking industry.
Michigan Third Party CDL Testers
A list of Michigan Third Party Testers who administer CDL road tests.
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.
Freight Brokerage Definitions
Definitions within the freight brokerage business.
Accessorial Fees
Accessorial fees are charged for additional services performed by carriers for shippers.
For Hire Carrier
Definition of a for-hire carrier
Preventative Maintenance and Inspection...
Developing and maintaining preventative maintenance and inspection procedures will benefit your drivers and your company.
Alabama CDL Test Locations
Alabama CDL Written Test Locations
Minnesota CDL Testing Locations
A list of locations throughout Minnesota where one may take a CDL knowledge test.
Commercial Motor Vehicle
The definition of a Commercial Motor Vehicle
Freight Agent Job Description
The purpose of a freight agent is to manage both incoming and outgoing shipments.
USDOT Number
A description of what a USDOT number is.
Mississippi CDL Test Locations
Mississippi CDL test locations for skills and written tests.
Hazardous Material Violations (Driver Receives...
A list of hazardous material violations where the driver receives the CSA points.
Arizona Third Party CDL Test Locations
A list of location to take a CDL skills test.
Indiana Third Party CDL Testers
A list of where to take the CDL skills test in Indiana.
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.
Operating Authority
Operating authorities are for companies that are either for-hire carriers or those who arrange the transport thereof.
CSA Points Assessed Only Against the Motor...
The following listing is for the CSA point values that only affect the motor carrier (MC).
JWCC Truck Driver Training Program
The John Wood Community College (JWCC), located in Quincy, IL, offers a truck driving training program.
How to Write a Transportation Department Manual
A how-to manual for developing a transportation manual.
Colorado Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of locations to take a CDL skills test in Colorado.
Fleet Manager Checklist
A checklist for use in hiring or performance reviews of fleet managers.
49 CFR §380 - Entry Level Driver Training
An explanation of 49 CFR part 380, in every day language.
Fire Extinguisher
Fire extinguishers are required in the cab of every CMV as mandated by FMCSR 393.94.
Train Engineers and Operators
The job description of train engineers and operators.
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.
Missouri CDL Testing Locations
Missouri CDL knowledge and skills testing locations.
5 Reasons You Are a Good Transportation Manager!
A list of five ways to make you a good transportation manager.
Truckload Carriers
A listing of truckload carriers throughout the United States.
Driver Fitness (Part I): The Law (§383)
This is a review of § 383 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
Private Motor Carrier
Definition of a Private Motor Carrier
Exempt For-Hire
The definition of Exempt For-Hire.
Wisconsin 3rd Party Testers
Wisconsin has an extensive list of pre-approved 3rd party testers for the skills portion of the CDL.
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.
FMCSA Regulations on Electronic On-Board...
A detailed listing of FMCSA regulations on electronic on-board computers (EOBR).
Five Driver Compensation Packages for...
What are five driver compensation packages to choose from in order to attract qualified drivers?
Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Definition of Third Party Logistics (3PL)
Less-Than-Truckload (LTL)
LTL carriers pick-up shipments from various customers until they have a full truckload.
Authorized For-Hire
The definition of Authorized For-Hire.
Utah CDL Testing Locations
A list of written and road test locations to obtain a commercial driver's license.
Aerodynamic Accessories
Aerodynamic accessories are a smart return on investment (ROI). The initial expense will pale in comparison to the long-term savings.
Operational Expenses
Operational expenses are used to determine your cost per run. Cost per run is how you determine your company's profitability.
CDL Test Locations Georgia
A list of locations to taken CDL written and road tests in the state of Georgia.
Ryder Fleet Management
Ryder Lease Management offers a customer the ability to rent, lease or purchase commercial motor vehicles.
Freight Broker
Definition of a freight broker. 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.
Virginia CDL Skills Testing Locations
A list of road test locations in Virginia.
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.
Oklahoma CDL Test Locations
A list of all locations to take both the written and skills CDL tests in Oklahoma.
Iowa CDL Written Test Locations
Locations for taking the CDL written and road tests in the state of Iowa.
Know Your Brakes
Every CMV must have working service, parking, and emergency brakes. The CMV driver must be able to reach these.
North Carolina CDL Test Locations
A list of the locations in North Carolina one may take the written CDL tests.
Tennessee CDL Testing Locations
A listing of skills and knowledge test locations in Tennessee.
Unified Registration System (URS)
Have you done your biennial update? Update today and stay in compliance with FMCSRs.
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight...
Alaska Commercial Vehicle Size and Weight Regulations
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.
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).
Known Shipper Program
The Known Shipper Program allows for the safe transport of cargo on passenger planes.
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.
New Jersey Written and Road CDL Testing Locations
New Jersey Written and Road CDL Testing Locations
Semi-Truck Manufacturers
A listing of semi-truck manufacturers
Michigan – Ontario Border Crossing Guide
A border crossing guide when crossing from Michigan to Canada.
Florida CDL Testing Locations
A list of skills testing locations in Florida.
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations
Kentucky CDL Testing Locations. Freight & Trucking.
Contract Carrier
Definition of a contract carrier
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.
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.
Common Carrier
Definition of common carrier. Freight & Trucking.
Dunnage
Dunnage is necessary for the safe transport of cargo. There are a multitude of types of dunnage.
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.
Georgia Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of third party CDL skills testers in Georgia.
Factors for Determining Penalties
Do you know how much a fine will cost you? Learn how to calculate your potential fines.
Interstate Carrier
The definition of an interstate carrier
Cargolux: A Review
A review of the company Cargolux.
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
Alabama Size and Weight Restrictions
China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Container...
The China Ocean Shipping Company offers a variety of shipping services in freight haul.
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.”
Colorado Written CDL Test Locations
A list of written CDL test locations in Colorado.
Chain Laws by State
A list of chain laws by state within the United States.
CDL Manual – Part Two
Part two of the CDL Manual article series explores the penalities for driving offenses for CDL holders.
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.
Intermodal Equipment Provider Rule
Intermodal Equipment Providers (IEPs) are required to register an Intermodal Equipment Provider Identification Report (form MCS-150C) with the FMCSA.
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?
Yardmasters
The job description of a yardmaster.
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.
Truck Security Policy
Every transportation company is advised to have a written truck security policy.
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.
Factoring
Factoring is the sale of a companies invoices for immediate cash.
Compliance Review
A compliance review is part of the process of keeping motor carrier's safe.
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.
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.
Definition of Rail Freight
The definition of rail freight. Freight & Trucking.
Air Cargo Security
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.
MCSAP (Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program)
The Motor Carrier Safety Assistance Program provides federal funding for state CMV safety programs under 49 CFR 350.
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.
Container Shipping: A Key Factor to the World...
An inside look on the importance of cargo containers.
Cargo 101
Learn the basics of how cargo acts once loaded on your vehicle.
Low Air Warning Device
Low Air Warning Device. Freight & Trucking.
Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS)
A description of the Problem Driver Pointer System (PDPS).
Federal Highway Administration Locations by State
A listing of Federal Highway Administration locations by state.
Consignee
A definition of consignee. Freight & Trucking.
Driver Fitness (Part II): The Law (§391)
This is a review of §391 as far as it is applicable to freight haul.
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.
Mountain Driving 101
The basics of mountain driving. Freight & Trucking.
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.
Port of Lake Charles
The Port of Lake Charles is 203 square miles in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.
Abu Dhabi Cargo Company
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.
Louisiana CDL Testing Locations
Locations to obtain a CDL in Louisiana
Idaho Third Party CDL Skills Testers
A list of Idaho state approved CDL skills testers.
The Peace Bridge
The Peace Bridge is a border crossing site from Buffalo, New York, USA to Fort Erie, Ontario, Canada.
Schedule I Drugs
A list of Schedule I Drugs. Freight & Trucking.
Washington Dulles International Airport - Cargo...
The Washington Dulles International Airport is a gateway for domestic and international cargo.
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?
Washington (State) CDL Test Locations
Take knowledge and skills tests at numerous locations throughout the state of Washington.

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