Update on ELD Mandate: ELD Exemptions and Ease of Transition

As the ELD mandate looms closer, it has left many drivers and carriers wondering where they stand. Various industry’s in the world of trucking are applying for waivers and exemptions from the mandate that will come into effect December 18, 2017. Many companies are concerned that this one size fits all mandate regarding hours [...]

2017-12-07T14:29:53+00:00 December 7th, 2017|Hours of Service, United States|

Winter Driving Tips to Keep You Safe on the Road

  Winter brings about a whole new set of dynamics to those of us living in the north. While it gives us fun times on the ice rink, or the ski hill, it doesn’t bring as much fun to our drives. Not only do we need to be more careful on the road, greater [...]

2017-12-01T21:42:06+00:00 December 1st, 2017|Canada, Drivers, trucking|

UCR Fee Deadline and Rates Still Undecided

Hold off on Paying your Fees Hold off on paying your UCR (Unified Carrier Registration) fees as a decision has still not been reached on what 2018 rates will be. The UCR has an excess of funds, more than the statutory maximum allows. This means that the UCR is looking to reduce 2018 fees, [...]

2017-11-08T16:33:46+00:00 November 7th, 2017|trucking, Uncategorized|

FMCSA Issues New Advisory Regarding Hazardous Materials Safety Permits (HMSP)

    The FMSCA has issued an advisory to help guide shippers and motor carriers in understanding when a Hazardous Materials Safety Permit (HMSP) is needed. This advisory also covers procedures for applying for, and renewing a HMSP, as well as for rescinding a permit when you no longer require it. When is an [...]

2017-10-31T15:30:11+00:00 October 31st, 2017|trucking, United States|

Ontario is Getting Serious about Distracted Driving Penalties

    The province of Ontario is looking to beef up their policies, and the penalties to match surrounding distracted driving and driving while under the influence. These tougher rules and penalties are to protect the most vulnerable population using the roadways: cyclists and pedestrians.  The province is looking to put these new rules and [...]

2017-10-23T14:37:38+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Drivers|

Special Compliance Laws Apply to More than You Might Think

Do you drive a vehicle over 10,000 lbs (4,500kg)? Or haul heavy loads with your pickup truck? If so, there are transportation laws you need to be aware of. Who Might be Affected? When people think about laws that apply to heavy vehicles they tend to think only of semi trucks and trailers. Rarely [...]

2017-10-16T21:27:00+00:00 October 16th, 2017|Drivers, RVs, trucking|

What can I tow with this pickup truck

  I am an avid RVer, and like many of you, I belong to many camping and RV forums. I am also a safety and compliance specialist for the trucking industry, so weights and measures, load security and legal mumbo jumbo are part of my daily life.  That is why this subject is near [...]

2017-07-25T21:03:15+00:00 June 29th, 2017|Drivers, RVs, Tid bits, Uncategorized|

Cabotage Rules for the Canadian driver

One of the most popular questions we get is, can a Canadian driver do pick up and deliveries in the United States.  Many drivers and carriers understand that inter-stating is typically not allowed yet they have unique situations they need clarification about,  such as can I move empty trailers to a different point in [...]

Fraudulent and Misleading Marketing to New FMCSA Applicants

  Aggressive and misleading marketing, this is not the first time we have written about this subject and looks like it won't be our last.   For anyone who has applied for a DOT or MC, MX, or FF operating authority it is likely you have been bombarded with phone calls, faxes and emails from [...]