Topic: Trucking Info
A trucker’s office isn’t a desk in a cubicle. It’s a moving 18-wheeler that weighs about 35,000 pounds and rolls up and down the highways. And when truckers are off-duty, they can’t put out an “on break” sign. So, what do they do when they are driving the truck, but they are off the clock? That’s where personal conveyance comes in. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) defines personal conveyance as “an off-duty status. There are no impacts to the 11- or 14-hour limitations for truck drivers, the 10- or 15-hour limitations for bus drivers, the 60/70-hour limitations, the 34-hour restart provisions, or any other off-duty status.”
TWIC stands for Transportation Worker Identification Credential. This federal ID card is required by the Maritime Transportation Security Act for all workers who need access to secure areas of the country’s ports, vessels, and maritime areas. A TWIC card allows transportation professionals (such as truckers) and U.S. Coast Guard to enter and conduct business at ports, government ports, and any other government maritime facility.
As a kid, your parents would tell you, “Get out and meet people. Go make friends.” Then as an adult looking to establish a career, you’re given this advice: “Get out there and shake hands, mingle, network with potential customers and employers.” Truth is we’ve been networking since playing ball in the sand lot with a ragtag team of kids. In today’s business world, networking is as important as ever. That’s especially true if you run a trucking company. Networking is your key to customers, your ticket to lucrative hauling. Company owners are networking every day to steadily grow their trucking businesses. The difference between then and now is there are more networking tools. Is networking still new to you? Or are you still unsure exactly where and how to network? Let’s check out your opportunities to shake hands, mingle, and network.
More than 70 percent of goods are being moved by road, so that means truckers are still our lifeline. They bring us what we need to live day to day. And yet, it’s not quite that simple. Most truck loads require negotiation from at least three parties, and they could change hands just as many times – or more. Freight brokers and carriers, as well as shippers, are the major players in the travel itinerary of a load. This is how that load gets from point A to point B and sometimes even to point C. So, let’s trace the life of a load from origin to destination as seen through the perspective of the freight broker and the carrier.
How Your Trucking Company Can Survive Economic Shifts All industries experience peaks and valleys. That’s the nature of business. One year you’re red hot making money, and the next year you’re cool blue breaking even. The trucking industry isn’t immune…
If you think about October, what are things you think about? Probably cooler weather, pumpkin patches, tailgating, Halloween parties, and gooey candy. Did you know that October is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month? We know you’re busy thinking about the ways to protect yourself against cold weather, football losses, or Halloween costume malfunctions in October. But let us tell you how to protect your trucking company all year around.
The FMCSA Clearinghouse is a secure online database that will give employers, the FMCSA, State Driver Licensing Agencies (SDLAs), and state law enforcement personnel real-time information about commercial driver’s license (CDL) and commercial learner’s permit (CLP) holders’ drug and alcohol program violations. That includes records of positive drug or alcohol test results as well as test refusals. Also recorded in the Clearinghouse will be a driver’s completed return-to-duty (RTD) process and follow-up testing plan.
You’ve got your auto hauling trucking company set up. You have your “for-hire” authority and you elected auto hauler as your commodity type. You’ve got your car carrier trailer ready to roll. Your insurance policy is signed, sealed, and delivered. You even have a business plan on paper. Now you are ready to make some money. That means you have a whole other set of questions you need answered. While auto hauling can be quite lucrative, at the same time it is also much riskier because of the higher value of your cargo. So, don’t load up on shiny cars just yet. We have the questions floating around in your head. We’re ready to answer them.
Truck parking is a national issue with an estimated 90% of the 3.5 million truck drivers in the US experiencing problems finding designated spaces. According to a study from the US Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration, “existing demand for truck parking spaces outstripped the available supply.” In other words, there are way more trucks on the road than there are truck parking spaces.
Money, cash, bills, notes, or capital. Call it whatever you want, the cold hard truth is that we all need it. Cash flow keeps the doors of your trucking company open and the freight moving. Cash flow problems are common in the trucking industry, so what are the biggest causes affecting trucking companies? As a freight factoring company, we’ve helped trucking companies solve cash flow problems for nearly 25 years, so let us share some of the biggest causes and give you options to help avoid or solve them.