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July 23rd, 2020
How Nuclear Verdicts Against Motor Carriers Will Affect Your Business

Research just released by the American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) shows the number of verdicts larger than $1 million grew 1,750% between 2006 and 2013, from 4 to 70 such verdicts, respectively. “Understanding the Impact of Nuclear Verdicts on the Trucking Industry” reveals that, in just the last five years, juries have awarded seven-figure verdicts 300 times.

Blog, Safety
July 20th, 2020
FMCSA Using Discretion When Enforcing Random Trucker Drug Testing Due to COVID-19

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) recently announced it would use discretion when enforcing the random drug and alcohol testing requirements on motor carriers due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Motor carriers unable to fully comply with the requirements must document the specific reasons why they could not complete the tests and their attempts to identify other testing sites and resources.

Blog, Regulations
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
June 22nd, 2020
Improve Truck Safety Scores by Removing Non-Preventable Crashes from Federal Calculations

After a three-year trial, FMCSA finalized the Crash Preventability Determination Program. This new program allows motor carriers and drivers to seek FMCSA review of certain crashes and remove them from the Crash Indicator calculation if it determined the crash not preventable.

Blog, Safety
June 16th, 2020
COVID-19 and Trucking, Part 1: Adjusting to a New Future

As the new future for the trucking comes into focus expect change in the very composition of the industry. Many smaller fleets are closing shop. After the initial consumer response to the pandemic, with restocking of shelves driving freight volumes, demand has slowed up. Gone, too, are many local businesses whose shipping needs fed the smaller fleets. Some independent truck drivers are choosing to spend time at home until the economy rebounds and freight rates rise.

Blog, Regulations, Safety
June 10th, 2020
FMCSA Extends, Modifies COVID-19 Declaration and Drug Testing Waiver

Updated, September 14, 2020– The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is again extending and altering its Emergency Declaration giving motor carriers and drivers relief from specific federal safety regulations related to the hauling of COVID-19 relief supplies.

Blog, Regulations
June 10th, 2020
Here Are 6 Ways to Maximize Weigh Station Bypass Service

With depressed freight levels and rates due to COVID-19, plus the usual delays you can’t control – such as weather, driver retention and accidents – it is important to find additional ways to maximize your hours. Watch this webinar, “6 Ways to Maximize Weigh Station Bypass Service,” and you’ll discover…


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