July 15th, 2020
COVID-19 and Trucking, Part 3: Adjusting to New Technology

The post-COVID-19 world of trucking could result in new drivers and new management. It could also result in new customers. However, adaptation, already the mantra of the pandemic, will be the guiding force for motor carrier survival and ultimate success. Adaptation will also extend in another direction, technology. What does the presence of COVID-19 have to do with technology? Plenty.

Blog, Safety
July 9th, 2020
Stale Truck Safety Policies Can Lead to Sour Results

When stale policies relate to safety the problems become compounded. Safety policies cover many issues, ranging from physical and property damage, liability, fines and penalties, insurance premiums, qualification for bypass programs like PrePass, and even the ability to legally continue operations as a motor carrier. Stale safety policies can jeopardize all these factors – and others – in two ways.

Blog, Safety
July 6th, 2020
Next Steps in Truck Driver Drug Testing Awaiting Action

Since federal drug testing of truck drivers began in 1991, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services set the technical protocols for drug tests. Recently, SAMHSA completed technical standards for the use of oral fluids and hair samples in DOT drug testing.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
July 2nd, 2020
FMCSA Extends Relief for Expiring Truck Licenses, Medical Certificates

While states diverted attention to the COVID-19 pandemic, many closed driver licensing agency offices. That left some truck drivers unable to renew their CDLs and CLPs or to obtain appointments from medical providers for physical examinations. In response, FMCSA temporarily waived certain licensing and medical certification regulations.

Blog, Regulations
June 30th, 2020
Podcast #43: Studies Reveal Hidden Benefits of Efficient Truck Driving

Freight rates and demand for trucking services continue to struggle due to the COVID-19 outbreak. To make up the gap in earnings, truck operators must find ways to improve efficiency and save money on fuel. Two recent real-world demonstrations reveal how to start saving time and money immediately, which can lead to a number of other benefits.

Blog, Podcasts
June 25th, 2020
COVID-19 and Trucking, Part 2: Adjusting to New Customers, Receivers

Fleets operating in the COVID-19 world of trucking must learn to adjust in order to survive. Their adjustments will mirror the societal changes everyone went through, from social distancing and enhanced sanitation to a workforce that no longer reports to “the office.” But for motor carriers, the changes extend to the core of their business: customers and freight.

Blog, Regulations, Safety