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ELD Mandate: Lease and Short-term Rental Responsibility

June 8, 2017 By: Victoria Kressage, NationaLease Tags: Blogs

If all or part of your fleet is leased or on short-term rental, what are your responsibilities when it comes to ELD compliance? December 18, 2017, will get here all too soon and unless your drivers fall under the few allowable exemptions (drivers of vehicles manufactured before model year 2000; [...]

Effective Ways to Reduce Idle Time

March 12, 2017 By: Bridget Bradshaw, NationaLease Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

Wasted fuel, environmental violations, damage to the vehicle’s lifecycle: these are all the potential costs your fleet can incur as a result of truck idling. In today’s competitive business climate, all sectors of a company are tasked with looking for ways to cut and/or contain costs without cutting efficiencies. The [...]

10 Steps to Avoid a Winter Weather “Freeze” on Your Business

January 24, 2017 By: Joe Puff, NationaLease Tags: Blogs

Freezing rain, snowstorms, floods, mudslides…Mother Nature is certainly making life tough for truckers. But there are some things you can do to be ready for the onslaught. Winter is already here, so this advice may seem a bit behind schedule. But it’s important to know that it’s never too late [...]

The Details Behind the FMCSA’s Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse

December 6, 2016 By: Donald Jerrell, HNI Tags: Blogs, Regulations

Last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Administration (FMCSA) announced it is establishing the Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) Drug and Alcohol Clearinghouse (Clearinghouse). This new database will contain information pertaining to violations of the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) controlled substances (drug) and alcohol testing program for holders of commercial drivers [...]

3 Ways to Mitigate Downward Pricing on Used Trucks

November 18, 2016 By: Dale Tower, AmeriQuest Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

In a market that’s “drowning” in used trucks, what can fleet owners do to help ensure that their vehicles get sold. The pricing of the class 8 truck market continues to decline. Light and medium duty trucks have joined in the decline and the trailer market has also started to [...]

OSHA Outlines its Top 10 Workplace Safety Violations for 2016

November 10, 2016 By: Kyle Meiner, HNI Tags: Blogs, Safety

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently announced its Top 10 most frequently cited safety violations for workplace safety with its top category including almost 7,000 violations. Do you know how to avoid these common pitfalls when it comes to your employees’ health and safety? We share these 10 [...]

FMCSA Compliance Doesn’t Always Add Up to Trucking Safety

October 20, 2016 By: Chris Tanke, HNI Tags: Blogs, Regulations, Safety

In some trucking companies, the words safety and compliance are used interchangeably. The line that divides these two areas has been further blurred as focus has been placed on CSA numbers by federal regulators. But you shouldn’t be fooled by simply complying with the FMCSA in order to boost your [...]

New Trucking Regs to Help FMCSA Streamline Registration Process

October 10, 2016 By: Donald Jerrell, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management, Regulations

During the Christmas holiday season last year, the Unified Registration System (URS) began to implement a process of retiring old systems and unifying the regulatory structure for the trucking industry. The goal of this new system is to replace all of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s (FMCSA) current registration [...]

Hanjin Shipping Bankruptcy Prompts Ripples and Truckload Rates

September 22, 2016 By: Mark Montague, DAT Solutions Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

Demand for truckload capacity has been steady but unspectacular of late, and through mid-September, rates for spot van, refrigerated and flatbed freight varied little from summertime averages. In the van market, the national average spot rate was $1.61 a mile in June, $1.62 in July, and $1.61 in August. Not [...]

ELD Mandate: What’s in it for the Truck Driver and Fleet?

September 14, 2016 By: Jim Dudek, HNI Tags: Blogs, Fleet Management

With the upcoming Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate just over a year away with a deadline of Dec. 16, 2017, many companies have questions about what this means for their fleet, and what is the best way to remain compliant. Preparation in this area will prove beneficial with this major [...]