Business

Partners in Business tip: Develop a business plan

A business plan outlines the details of your operation, including the types of freight you’ll haul, the traffic lanes you’ll run and the rate you’ll be paid. Here's why you need one.

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Stay on top of your driving data

Audio and more from attorney Rob Moseley: Failure to manage data routinely could lead to situations not at all uncommon that put the trucker at a distinct disadvantage when accused of fault after a crash.

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NY, NJ ports again look to ban pre-emissions trucks

The legislation would require motor carriers serving the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to meet emissions standards equal to what the California Air Resources Board has established for 2007 heavy-duty diesel vehicles.

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Comments due Thursday for controversial Safety Fitness Determination proposed rule

The reply comment period for FMCSA's proposed Safety Fitness Determination rule ends Thursday. Since the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in January, it has been met with opposition, not only from trucking industry groups, but also Congress.

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Diesel prices drop slightly in most recent week

Prices dropped in all but three regions during the week, with increases being seen in New England and the Central Atlantic region, and no change occurring in the Rocky Mountain region, according to the Department of Energy's numbers.

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Post-crash litigation: Cameras and ELD evidence

Much of the monitoring equipment that many larger carriers are investing in -- from cameras to ELDs -- also gives them a critical edge in legal disputes.

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Dodging the ambulance chasers

Since the advent of CSA, high-dollar jury awards for truck accident victims have been growing. This means higher risk and insurance costs, especially for independents.

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Speed limiter rule dates delayed again by DOT, CDL clearinghouse rule on track

The Department of Transportation is once again delaying publication of the potential rulemaking that would require speed limiters on trucks.

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ISX15 SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain A Smart Choice for CTI

E-log transition epilogue: Wes Memphis answers your questions

After Wes Memphis' final piece is his multipart narrative of the first couple of months following his fleet's transition to e-logs, a few questions came in specific to his operation. In this epilogue to his dispatches, Memphis takes a moment to answer a couple of them.

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Used truck values continue to decline, though slower than in 2015

Used trucks values depreciated at a slower rate in the first few months of 2016 than the same period in 2015, according to analysis and data from the American Truck Dealers. Year-to-date, however, sleepers three to five years of age are retailing for $8,626 less than in the first four months of 2015.

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