FMCSA Establishes Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for Commercial Drivers

The Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) has recently announced it will be establishing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse, a new database that will include information related to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and its controlled substances and alcohol testing program. Currently, the Clearinghouse rule requires FMCSA-regulated employers, Medical … Continue reading “FMCSA Establishes Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse for Commercial Drivers”

When Do Trucking Operations Need Hazmat Insurance?

Trucking operations already have enough risk on their plate when it comes to making sure to keep liabilities low. Lost or stolen cargo, disrupted schedules, mechanical issues, damaged goods, and more are all in a day’s work for trucking professionals from road to road. But what if you’re handling hazardous materials that need their own … Continue reading “When Do Trucking Operations Need Hazmat Insurance?”

Who’s Liable for Damaged Cargo?

Trucking freight from location to location can come with many different risks. From losing cargo to damaged packages, getting in an accident to missing a stop, there are many different liabilities that come with hauling cargo. But, since the job must be taken care of, trucking companies and their drivers need to get on the … Continue reading “Who’s Liable for Damaged Cargo?”

How to Recruit and Retain Skilled Truck Drivers

Turnover in the trucking industry is reaching high levels as older generations of drivers begin to phase out and recruitment efforts to reach younger drivers hasn’t created many opportunities. The trucking industry is already facing a massive shortage with more of a problem to come in the next decade as current drivers are starting to … Continue reading “How to Recruit and Retain Skilled Truck Drivers”

The Biggest Reasons Why Truck Drivers Quit

The trucking industry is in the middle of big upheaval. With the advent of sophisticated technology, such as autonomous trucks and a focus on data, truck drivers are finding their roles changing at a rapid rate. In fact, the industry is already in the middle of huge changes in the turnover of trucking professionals creating … Continue reading “The Biggest Reasons Why Truck Drivers Quit”

The Best Things for Truck Drivers to Do on Their Breaks

It’s not surprising to say that truck drivers spend a lot of time behind the wheel and feel the effects of long hauls and time away from home. Some spend up to 80 hours a week hauling freight from here to there by getting up early to beat the sun and get a head start … Continue reading “The Best Things for Truck Drivers to Do on Their Breaks”

What Additional Coverages Do Couriers Need?

On-demand food and package delivery has seen a huge rise in engagement in the last couple of years, with options like Amazon Prime, Uber Eats and GrubHub taking over space on the phones of consumers. While this is great for people who want their orders delivered on time, this is causing those companies to find … Continue reading “What Additional Coverages Do Couriers Need?”

Update: The NLRB Returns to its Independent Contractor Standard

On January 25, the National Labor Relations Board returned to its long-standing independent-contractor standard, which reaffirms the Board’s adherence to the traditional common-law test. The main rollout from this is that the Board described clearly the significance that entrepreneurial opportunity has in its determination of independent-contractor status. The Obama-era standard decided whether workers are employees … Continue reading “Update: The NLRB Returns to its Independent Contractor Standard”

What Owner-Operators Need to Know About Truck Insurance

The road to becoming an owner-operator of your own semi-truck, heading up your own fleet operations, can be long and arduous. Years of driving for someone else’s fleet and dealing with long hauls and unfavorable scheduling have finally paid off and it’s time to be your own boss. But while you may be excited to … Continue reading “What Owner-Operators Need to Know About Truck Insurance”

Trucking News: What’s the Status on Owner-Operators in California?

Currently there are competing bills in California state legislature that are aiming to address an April 2018 ruling by the state’s Supreme Court that has threatened the traditional owner-operator model within the state. The bills are pointing to trucking groups wanting to upend years of law used to decide if a worker is an employee … Continue reading “Trucking News: What’s the Status on Owner-Operators in California?”