All carriers and independent owner-operators should mark this date – January 5, 2021. That’s when all carriers and independent owner-operators need to be registered with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) CDL Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse. It’s also the deadline for running their first query. Failure to register and run a query could result in a fine of $2,500 for non-compliance.
The name says it all: Expedited trucking is all about rush transportation of goods. And we’re talking goods that may also need to be handled delicately and can’t be transferred from vehicle to vehicle. So, think nuclear plant parts. Think laboratory specimens. Think pharmaceuticals. Or think cups for Sturgis. Apex factoring client Rick Metzing, president of Fort Worth-based R&J Logistical Division Inc, an expedite trucking company, hauls a variety of cargo that needs to get there – fast.
Truckers travel much of the country – from coast to coast and all the winding roads and busy byways in between. With all those miles, they are bound to run into a few questionable stretches of asphalt. You know, maybe even a spooky trek or two. This being October, the month of Halloween, we found five haunted highways that have surely generated a few trucker stories. These are the kind of highway ghost stories bound to be passed down through generations on dark, moonlit nights.
If you were going to pick one thing that has been consistent throughout this year, what would you say? We’re going to say it’s been changes – a lot of them, both big and small! Luckily, trucking companies and their truck drivers are resilient and find ways of adapting to these ever-changing times. That’s why with a little bit of preparation the upcoming Hours of Service (HOS) final rules change doesn’t have to be a big deal. We’ve got a few tips and resources to help make this transition easy on you and your drivers.
Daniel Cortez, owner of Louisiana-based Danco Transport, thought the visual appeal of a big truck and a little truck would make for a great photo to enter in the 2021 Apex Capital Client Calendar contest. He was right. Danco Transport won the coveted cover spot of the 2021 Apex Capital Client Calendar. Cortez also gets to choose which month he wants his rig to represent. Cortez’s winning photo is an undeniable example of creativity and playfulness.
The pavement. The wheels. The speed. There is a certain thrill attached to auto racing that only comes from hearing engines roar and watching souped-up cars skid the circular track. At Apex, racing is a pastime and a passion. Our CEO, David Baker, is a veteran driver with a decorated record in the racing circuit. But now there is a new face behind the wheel of the #56 Apex Capital Porsche 911 GT3, which is supported by Topp Racing. Meet Kenny Murillo.
For new trucking company owners, the ramp-up work doesn’t stop once you’ve paid all your startup fees and you have your operating authority. Now it’s time to find yourself drivers. You may certainly decide to be your own company’s driver, in which case you would be a one-person operation. But if you choose to hire truckers to haul your loads, you have decisions to make that go beyond merely seeking a trustworthy driver who can safely transport the goods. Are you looking for an owner-operator, independent contractor, or a company driver? What’s the difference? Why does it matter? Well, let us help you decide and explain what you need to know. So that come tax time you’ll understand what makes them a 1099 or a W-2 employee.
Truckers need to get paid fast after hauling loads. Steady cash flow is crucial to keep a small to medium-sized trucking company in business. The steadier the cash flow, the better the chances for success. Yet most carriers are lucky if they get paid in 30 days for hauling a load. That’s just the nature of the trucking industry. Luckily, today truckers do have a choice. The new blynk™ digital payment system for Apex Capital factoring clients gets trucking companies paid quicker than quick after their freight invoices are purchased. No other factoring company offers this type of payment, so no one pays you FASTER – guaranteed!
Driving in the middle of a bad storm is dangerous for all motorists – from those steering sedans to those navigating SUVs. But it’s especially treacherous for truckers. Think about it: Truckers are maneuvering up to 80,000 pounds of steel and rubber through rainstorms, high winds, tornadoes, and blizzards. That means safety tips for truck drivers are super important. There are general safety precautions all truckers should take even if the weather is clear and sunny. In the event of extreme weather, however, truckers have another set of guidelines they should follow.
In the middle of a national pandemic, we all switch to survival mode. We wear masks. We practice social distancing. We make keeping ourselves and our loved ones safe the number-one priority. Truck drivers don’t have the working-from-home luxury during this national health crisis. And a trucking company’s survival depends on delivering the goods that we use daily. But during a national pandemic, those goods may not be moving as quickly and plentifully as usual. So, how can trucking companies keep their businesses going?