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How do Hurricanes Affect the Trucking Industry?

How do hurricanes affect the trucking industry?

We understand the logistics when it comes to localized shipping and delivery in areas affected by a hurricane or other natural disaster… Before the storm, the focus is on moving freight into the area to assist with emergency preparedness, as well as moving freight out of the area to avoid damage and loss. During the…

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Cameras Helping Defend Truckers in Court

It used to be that whenever a truck was involved in a collision, the trucking company could end up paying regardless of whether the driver was at fault. SmartDrive is changing that. The new technology involves video cameras located in the truck and the cab. The cameras face forward toward the road and inward toward…

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5 Tips to Help Drivers Transition to Electronic Logging

The electronic logging device (ELD) rule specifies drivers who record their Hours of Service must find and implement an electronic logging device prior to the compliance deadline of Dec. 18, 2017. The final rule was published in December 2015. It is intended to enhance driver safety and make it faster and easier to accurately manage,…

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FMCSA Issues Ruling on Minimum Training Standards for Entry-Level CDL Applicants

After nearly a decade of deliberation, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Dec. 7, 2016, announced its final rule on national minimum training standards for entry-level applicants seeking a commercial driver’s license or related endorsement. The administration had been working on the rule since 2007, though there had been efforts to establish such a rule…

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Autonomous Trucking: The Future of Industry

From drones to robot-assisted surgical procedures, it appears that which was once delegated to the realm of sci-fi fantasy is becoming increasingly mainstream. One of the latest such innovations is the autonomous semi-truck, the newest installation in a lineup of autonomous vehicles to hit the road since engineers at Carnegie Mellon University rolled out the…

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New Food Safety Rules Pose Impact for Refriderated Carriers

The final rule for the Sanitary Transportation of Human and Animal Food (STHAF) was published in the Federal Register on April 6, 2016. This final rule became part of the Code of Federal Regulations on June 6, 2016, and is located at 21 C.F.R. Sections 1.900-1.934. Final rule due March 31, with enforcement to begin…

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Supply Chain Networks to Improve Logistics

The transportation industry is ever-evolving but dealing with a great amount of concerns; a shortage of truck drivers, capacity crunches, supply chain talent shortfalls, and slim customer service levels. In today’s global, highly competitive market, manual transactions are inefficient and reactive, which result in loss of profit and business. TDS has created a digital database…

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New Regulations to Reduce Pollution and Improve Fuel Efficiency-Greenhouse Gas and Fuel Efficiency Standards Get Finalized for Medium and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

The trucking industry happens to be one of the largest producers of greenhouse gases, and one of the largest consumers of oil. In protecting the environment, the government will apply efficiency standards that have the dual effect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and limiting the use of oil. Recently, new Phase 2 standards were released…

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Hands-free technology isn’t risk free, studies find

Not all distractions are created equal; but all can increase the risk of danger on the road. Though most drivers are aware of the implications of risky behaviors like texting while driving, some may be misguided by the widespread misconception that hands-free devices are a safe alternative. Often, technologies like Bluetooth and voice-activated texting software…

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