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Ensure Drivers Have the Right Documents for Compliance

Although it may not be your favorite aspect of being an owner-operator, paperwork management is a serious responsibility. You must have current documentation at all times, including for yourself as the driver, your truck and trailer, and, if applicable, your motor carrier. Missing documentation has serious consequences, including excessive violations that can negatively impact your … Continue reading “Ensure Drivers Have the Right Documents for Compliance”

ATRI Looking to Collect Data on the Impact of Predatory Towing in Trucking Industry

The nonprofit research organization American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI) recently issued a news release calling for motor carriers and drivers to complete a survey so it can analyze the impact of predatory towing in the trucking sector. The survey asks drivers and motor carriers about the most common types of predatory towing, what fees or … Continue reading “ATRI Looking to Collect Data on the Impact of Predatory Towing in Trucking Industry”

Truck Safety: Past Driving Behaviors Provide Insight into Future Accidents

There is a lot to be said about looking at someone’s past work performance to get an idea of how they will do in the future. This goes for any occupation, including transportation. Look at a previous driver’s performance and behaviors to gain insight into whether he or she is a potential risk for future … Continue reading “Truck Safety: Past Driving Behaviors Provide Insight into Future Accidents”

Revisiting AB 5 for Truckers

In 2019, California passed legislation called AB 5, which reclassifies many independent contractors as employees, including truckers. Signed into law in 2019, the “gig worker bill,” as it has been dubbed, took effect in January 2020. However, the California Trucking Association (CTA) got an injunction and stopped the state from reclassifying truck owner-operators as motor … Continue reading “Revisiting AB 5 for Truckers”

Beefing Up Security at Your Warehouse or Terminal

Cargo theft is big business and happens everywhere throughout the supply chain – including on trucks, warehouses, terminals, and storage facilities. In 2021, there were 1,285 thefts reported with a total loss value of nearly $58 million in the U.S. and Canada, according to a report by Verisk’s CargoNet, which keeps track of cargo thefts. … Continue reading “Beefing Up Security at Your Warehouse or Terminal”

When You Need Commercial Equipment Insurance

Commercial equipment insurance is also known as contractors equipment insurance. It pays for theft or damage to contractors’ tools and equipment. Commercial and residential property owners who own or lease equipment for construction projects need commercial equipment insurance. A typical commercial equipment policy covers hand tools, power tools, and construction-related vehicles. Mobile items such as … Continue reading “When You Need Commercial Equipment Insurance”

What to Do When Your Semi-Truck Breaks Down on the Side of the Road

Semi-truck breakdowns occur more frequently than passenger vehicles. For example, American Trucking Association‘s (ATA) Technology & Maintenance Council’s survey reported breakdowns to occur about every 10,000 miles. Semi-truck breakdowns for truckers are costly and potentially dangerous events. Drivers must know how to handle them among the many hazardous scenarios they encounter on the road. Semi-Truck … Continue reading “What to Do When Your Semi-Truck Breaks Down on the Side of the Road”