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The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) International Roadcheck is a 3-day event that will take place June 6-8, 2017. This year is the 30th annual anniversary of the enforcement event. Commercial vehicles are likely to be inspected at roadside way stations. The point of the International Roadcheck event is to keep everyone safe and, according […]

In the last two decades, air brakes have become standard equipment for semi trucks and trailers. Air brakes have a very high safety record, which is why they are standard on motor carrier vehicles. Improvements in technology and the increased numbers of fail-safes on air brakes have made them nearly fail-safe. The only failing on […]

The American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) is soliciting responses from commercial motor carrier drivers regarding several top industry issues. ATRI is using an online collection survey form that asks drivers for their viewpoints and opinions on such important topics as: transportation infrastructure (i.e. how bad is congestion and how do you think the U.S. should […]

Do you want your fleet business to reduce its materials handling costs? There are many behaviors and approaches you can use to help drive down the costs associated with handling materials. For example, managing your space adequately and preventing unnecessary damages are ways you can minimize budgetary losses and improve your bottom line. Materials handling […]

Safety is not a driving habit that happens without careful planning and training. Fleet managers need to establish safety as a core company value and develop a plan to ensure the safest drivers possible. Safety starts long before the driver gets behind the wheel as well. Adhering to rigorous standards during the hiring process provides […]

One of the most pressing problems in the trucking industry today is fatigued driving. In research conducted by The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), 52 percent of 107 single-vehicle accidents involving heavy trucks were fatigue-related; in nearly 18 percent of cases, the driver admitted to falling asleep. According to a 2014 presentation by the FMCSA using […]

A common question that people ask is the difference between a freight broker and a freight agent. A freight broker is someone that is licensed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) as a property broker / freight broker to broker freight. Freight brokers are responsible for managing shipments from Point A to Point […]

Federal standards for commercial motor carrier size focus on a vehicle’s weight, length, and width. These standards have existed since 1956 to preserve the integrity of highways built with federal funds. The country also has an interest in ensuring the safety, productivity and mobility of freight commerce. Oversight of state enforcement of heavy truck size […]

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) increased examination of cargo tanks is nothing new. Since January 2015, FMCSA started taking a harder look at facilities that manufacture, inspect, and repair cargo tanks. FMCSA’s findings have only strengthened their resolve. The chief of FMCSA’s Hazardous Materials Division, Paul Bomgardner, expressed disbelief at the findings. Bomgardner […]

Most commercial drivers today are well aware that distracted driving can lead to a traffic accident, which can cause higher insurance costs as well as vehicle repair, replacement, bodily injury and even death. But many commercial operators forget the potential of high collateral costs that can be associated with distracted driving, such as fines, penalties […]