Trucking companies, drivers, and owner-operators must comply with a variety of safety regulations to stay on the road hauling the goods all of us need to live every day. Part of that compliance is a series of inspections conducted annually on vehicles and drivers. In fact, there are approximately 4 million commercial motor vehicle inspections conducted every year by the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT). The Level 1 North American Standard Inspection is usually conducted as part of the annual Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) International Roadcheck. Here, we look at the next five DOT inspections, levels 2-6. We explain each inspection and offer a checklist so you can prepare yourself and your vehicle.
President Biden recently revealed his $2.3 trillion infrastructure proposal, named the American Jobs Plan, which includes proposed fixes on roads and bridges. There are other details about the plan that could affect the trucking and freight industries. Let’s take a look at what’s in the proposal.
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) is ready for its 2021 International Roadcheck, which takes place May 4-6. The event, an annual 72-hour road check inspection spree, covers the United States, Canada, and Mexico. It is designed to remind drivers of the importance vehicle maintenance and driver readiness play in the overall safety of our roadways.
Hot shot trucking, like expedited trucking, is all about getting a load delivered in a hurry. There are no hard and fast rules on how far a hot shot trucker goes to deliver a load, as hauls can be anywhere from 50 miles away to across the country. But when you factor in the time constraints and the hot shot trucking requirements, hot shot loads are most often local hauls.
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.