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DOT number

What’s a DOT Number and Who Needs One?

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires a Department of Transportation (DOT) number for trucks and other carrier vehicles that meet certain criteria. These typically pertain to GVWR, whether you transport paying customers, and whether you operate across state lines. In addition to the federal regulations, 37 of the 50 states require a DOT number.

It can be confusing, especially if you’re new to the business, to understand if this regulation pertains to you or not. Therefore, in this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about DOT numbers. Let’s get started!

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cargo theft

4 Tips for Reducing Cargo Thefts

It’s estimated that cargo theft results in losses of $15 to $30 billion annually in the United States. While those numbers may seem alarmingly high, they illustrate just how vulnerable cargo is during the shipping process.

Shipping losses can dramatically cut into your bottom line, making it essential that you do everything you can to ensure that your goods are transported safely to their destination.

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dry van cargo

How to Secure Dry Van Cargo

As a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver, you know few things are more important when on the road than transporting your cargo safely. That’s why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has outlined regulations for making sure your cargo is loaded and secured properly.

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fuel efficiency

Fuel Efficiency Best Practices for Fleets

Improving the fuel efficiency of a company’s fleet of vehicles can have many financial and environmental benefits, especially with fuel prices on the rise. Fuel can be one of the largest and most difficult expenses to predict and control. Therefore, it’s important for vehicle fleet managers to conserve fuel, maximize efficiency and reduce vehicle emissions by implementing fuel-efficient policies, technology, and maintenance strategies.

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Hot Weather Tips for Truckers

Hot Weather Tips for Truckers

Summer is finally here and in full swing. Unfortunately, driving during the summer months can be brutal. Therefore, truck drivers in particular must be cautious when temperatures reach record level highs. This is because truck drivers spend all their time behind the wheel of their vehicle or loading/unloading their goods. In short, this means there’s no escaping the sun for them.

If you’re looking to stay cool this summer and keep your truck up and running then here are some hot weather hacks.

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dataq request

What’s a DataQ Request?

As a motor carrier, it’s crucial you know how to manage inspection reports and violations. After all, the goal of every trucking business is to protect their CSA score. Therefore, if you wish to challenge a violation, you’ll want to submit a DataQ request.

In this article, we’ll explain the benefit of DataQ requests when it comes to inspections, accidents, and other driving violations. Also, we’ll share how to properly submit your request. Let’s begin.

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screening truck drivers

A Guide to Screening Truck Drivers

While hiring new truck drivers, you have to follow strict industry standards regulated by the US Department of Transportation (DOT). The organization evaluates the transportation and trucking industry to ensure they follow firm safety guidelines. Thus, during the hiring process, you need to screen the truck drivers so you can identify who would be a good fit.

If you don’t know how to go about it, here’s a beginner’s guide. After reading this post, you’ll know how to identify good quality truck drivers that obey the DOT’s regulations.

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