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What Are Consortium / Third Party Administrators (C/TPAs)?

Third Party Administrator and Consortium Definition The term “Third Party Administrator” is an entity that coordinates several services for employers to maintain a drug testing and/or drug free workplace program. The term “Consortium” stands for a grouping of employers in the drug testing arena. The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) coined the phrase Consortium/Third […]

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What is Freight Density and How Does it Affect Freight Costs?

As there continues to be a driver shortage, and the demand for freight shipping increases, freight pricing is moving from weight to freight density. This is because carriers that are charging shippers based purely on the weight of their product are losing space and money along with it. So what exactly is freight density? Lets […]

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Paperwork and Equipment to Carry in a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV)

Some drivers call it a permit book, a paperwork binder or a document folder, but everyone should have one in their truck. Missing paperwork can make an inspection or an audit turn south. What if you get pulled over? Federal Carrier put a list together of items and documentation you should have in their files […]

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The Four Types of DOT Audits and How to Prepare for Them

Featured Image Courtesy of   DOT audits occur with little to no advance notice. The level of pain and anxiety an audit can create directly correlates to your company’s compliance, organization, bookkeeping, and document management. That means every carrier should be ready for a DOT audit at any time, but what are the different […]

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What is the FMCSA’s New Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT) Rule?

Image courtesy of   Starting in early 2022, some CDL and endorsement applicants will be required to meet new training standards due to an upcoming Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) rule change.   What is the FMCSA’s Entry-Level Driver Training (ELDT)  and When Does it go into Effect? The FMCSA’s new rule goes […]

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Is it Time for Your Biennial Update? (MCS-150)

What is the FMCSA Biennial Update? Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) requires all entities under its jurisdiction to update their information every two years. You are required to provide this update every two years even if your company has not changed its information, has ceased interstate operations since the last update, or is no […]

What are the USDOT Insurance Requirements?

What are the USDOT Insurance Requirements? Liability insurance is mandatory for companies that wish to transport people or cargo in the United States. During the 1980s, Congress established the minimum requirements to which operators must comply and these laws place financial responsibility on the operator/carries. In case you might be asking yourself, this simply means […]

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Do I Need an MC Number?

Do I Need an MC Number? If you plan to transport people or cargo for compensation, you might want to know more about the role and importance of an MC number. Some business owners wonder if they need an MC number and this question is often confusing when you consider the differences between the various […]

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Are You Starting a Trucking Company? Here’s What You Need to Know

Starting a Trucking Business? Here’s What You Need to Know Thinking of starting a trucking business? I tend to believe that most people would like to some-day, own their very own business, where they are the boss and they have the final say in their own financial future. However, the fact is that most people […]

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Are you Currently Placed on Out of Service Status?

Are you Currently Placed on Out of Service Status? If you have been placed on out of service recently, you should know this prohibits you from driving a commercial vehicle. What’s more, this also means that a commercial vehicle that is placed on out-of-service cannot be removed from the road until this out-of-service status has […]

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Do I Need a USDOT Number?

What is a USDOT Number? USDOT is an acronym for the U.S. Department of Transportation. If a company is transporting people or cargo from one state to another, that company will require a USDOT number and must register with the FMCSA. Companies that transport hazardous materials intrastate must also obtain a USDOT number and this number […]

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How the FMCSA Clearinghouse Affects You

What is the FMCSA Clearinghouse? You probably have heard a lot about the new federal Clearinghouse. The clearinghouse is a new federal regulation for employers. This new rule is meant to make it easier for employers to quickly verify whether or not an applicant, transferee, or current CMV driver has violated the law by engaging […]


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