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TCP Survey: Carriers see opportunities for volumes, rates in 2012

[box type=”shadow”]Carriers are optimistic for the year ahead, with 61 percent expecting volumes to increase in 2012, and only 7 percent expecting volumes to decrease, according to the Transport Capital Partners 4th Quarter 2011 Business Expectations Survey. Carriers responded similarly. “Carriers shared a higher level of confidence despite the roller…

Senators Introduce Bill to Strengthen FMCSA, Truck Regs

[box type=”shadow”]The senator who last month pledged to put more freight on the rails to get trucks off the road has introduced legislation aimed at strengthening commercial vehicle regulations and the federal agency that enforces them. U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, chairman of the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Surface Transportation, along…

DOT Reports Truck-Related Fatals up 8.7% in 2010

[box type=”shadow”]The DOT said Dec. 8 that the number of persons killed in crashes involving large trucks jumped 8.7 percent in 2010 to 3,675, compared with 3,380 large truck-related fatalities in 2009. FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro referred to an increase to 4,000 at a recent Congressional hearing, citing it as…

FMCSA Letter Refutes OOIDA Claim About Legal Use of EOBRs

[box type=”shadow”]The FMCSA says that the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association claim that a recent circuit court decision prohibits the use of electronic onboard recorders for Hours of Service compliance is inaccurate. OOIDA, in a letter to FMCSA last month, said the FMCSA, large motor carriers and Department of Transportation enforcement…

FMCSA Sends Out Warning on Drug And Alcohol Testing

[box type=”shadow”] In recent months, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says it has received “numerous inquiries regarding companies using aggressive marketing tactics to sell supervisor training to employers who may be subject to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s drug and alcohol testing requirements. Please note that the FMCSA is…

Cargo Vans Update

[box type=”shadow”]Depending on how the segment is counted, the market for full-size cargo vans is up about 12% over last year. Plumbers, electricians and other skilled trades people are replacing old, worn trucks, partly because there aren’t any good used ones on lots. Some tradesmen are buying “tall utility vehicles”…

How to Negotiate Freight Contracts

Freight companies provide transportation internationally, domestically and within the same city. They ship everything from tangible products to liquid food items to hazardous chemicals. Businesses rely on freight companies to transport inventory from suppliers and to ship finished products to customers. In both cases, the company signs a contract with…

Favoring Fuel Economy

[box type=”shadow”]You know, discussing a survey that discerns a growing long term focus among U.S. consumers on fuel economy is kinda like saying research confirms people enjoy saving money – leading to a ubiquitous “um, duh!” reaction for many. Yet for fleets that rely on light and medium-duty trucks, such…

How to Meet CDL Driver’s Medical Qualifications

[box type=”shadow”] To operate a commercial motor vehicle, you must provide proof that you are medically capable of the task without risk of incident due to poor health. The Department of Transportation provides specific requirement for those holding a CDL license. Take these steps to see that you meet the…

How to Settle an Auto Accident Without Insurance

[box type=”shadow”] Most states require liability insurance coverage. With liability insurance, damage to another person’s property is covered, but not damage to your own property. Liability insurance also covers the medical expenses of the other driver, but not your own. If you are the responsible party in the accident, the…

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