5 Reasons You Should Be Taking D.O.T. Compliance Seriously

The DOT is not out to make your life hard The DOT isn’t focused on making your life a living hell. Sure, sometimes it seems like the rules are dumb and are just there to make life harder for you. But the majority of the rules are there to protect your drivers and others from preventable accidents. Profits are important, …

Non-Fatal Accident Leads to Murder Charges

What’s the Worst Case Scenario? A few years back I went to see a company that had recently been involved in a fatal crash. Their insurance company was trying to deny the claim and possibly refusing to represent them in the ensuing litigation. Here is a short story about why vetting your insurance broker is essential as well as making …

You need a CDL for that?!

A customer called me a few weeks back. His driver had been driving a Hot Shot load through Pennsylvania; The truck and trailer combined were under 26,001 lbs. This was just a 1 ton dually and a smaller gooseneck trailer. Now just to be clear, the truck was maybe 12,000 lbs GVWR and the trailer was roughly 12,000lbs GVWR. The …

The Importance of the Pre & Post Trip Inspection

  CHECK IT OUT! One thing we have noticed with a lot of trucking companies; they don’t necessarily understand the importance of drivers doing a true Pre & Post Trip Inspections. I cannot stress the amount of money you can save in vehicle repairs and not to mention the liability you can reduce during litigation by ensuring your drivers and …

Windshield Cracked?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has specific regulations on windshields, windows and equipment that affect a driver’s view of the roadside and surrounding environment. Due to the size and position of truck windshields and windows, violations are easy to spot by law enforcement officers and this unwanted attention could easily trigger a roadside inspection. What do the FMCSA …

15 Great Reasons to Hire Veterans

When you hire veterans, you’re choosing from a diverse pool of employees who demonstrate a wide range of knowledge and skills. Veterans possess a commitment to excellence, demonstrated integrity, and a drive to perform the best work possible. With them, you’ll find a level of discipline, maturity, and training that is rare in civilian employees. The following are just a …

Am I A Trucking Company?

There seems to be mass confusion as to what qualifies small businesses as trucking companies or even as to who needs to obtain a DOT number and abide by DOT regulations. Lets first get the obvious out of the way- if you have a DOT number, you must know and abide by DOT regulations. I know what some of you …

Recovering from Roadcheck 2015 – After the Inspection

Roadcheck 2015 has just wrapped up and as we wait for the numbers to be tallied and statistics to be published, the question some of you (especially for those placed out-of-service) may have is, “Now what?” The most important thing to remember once a driver or vehicle has been declared “out-of-service” is that the unacceptable conditions must be corrected before …

Roadcheck 2015 Inspection Spree Begins – 9 Top Things Inspectors Check

This year’s annual inspection blitz (a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA), Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and others) dubbed “Roadcheck 2015” kicked off today, Tuesday, June 2 and will go into hyper-drive over the next 72 hours. An estimated 70,000 inspections on trucks and buses will be conducted between June 2-4 by over 10,000 inspectors …