Posts Tagged ‘trucking industry’

Benefits of Automatic Transmission in Your Truck

Friday, November 16th, 2018
Benefits of Automatic Transmission in Your Truck

In trucking, the manual transmission is still quite prevalent.

Since the beginning of motorized transportation, drivers have been shifting through gears manually. In trucking, the manual transmission is still quite prevalent. Many states even require new drivers know how to shift correctly before they can even earn their CDL. Because manual shifting can be so difficult to learn and master, the trucking industry has slowly started to shift to the use of automatic transmission. Here are just a couple of the reasons to make the switch. (more…)

Where Can a Trucking Career Take You?

Friday, November 2nd, 2018
Where Can a Trucking Career Take You?

One of the biggest advantages of becoming a trucker is that you can travel all over the country. Where can a trucking career take you?

One of the biggest advantages of becoming a trucker is that you can travel all over the country. You can see places and meet people you might not be able to if you had chosen a different career. When you’re first starting out, think about where a trucking career can take you. (more…)

Trucking Around the World

Friday, July 13th, 2018
Trucking Around the World

You may be surprised to know that trucking actually looks quite different in some other parts of the world!

Many truck drivers choose the profession because of their adventurous spirit. Long-haul truckers get to see so much more than a lot of people in other professions. As you grow in your trucking career, you may be curious about what trucking looks like in other parts of the world. You may be surprised to know that trucking actually looks quite different in some other parts of the world! (more…)

How Trucking Became One of the Most Important Jobs in America

Friday, June 1st, 2018
How Trucking Became One of the Most Important Jobs in America

Without trucking, there are many things we just wouldn’t have access to, and it would be extraordinarily slow and expensive.

Without a doubt, trucking is one of the most important jobs in America. Without trucking, there are many things we just wouldn’t have access to, and it would be extraordinarily slow and expensive. The technological advances of the last 150 years or so have been groundbreaking in every industry, including trucking and hauling freight.   (more…)

Advantages and Disadvantages of Short-Haul Trucking

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018
Advantages and Disadvantages of Short-Haul Trucking

As a trucker, you can choose either short-haul or long-haul trucking.

As a trucker, you can choose either short-haul or long-haul trucking. Each career path has its own advantages and disadvantages, and those change based on the personality and preferences of the driver. Ultimately, you have to choose whichever option fits your needs and lifestyle. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of short-haul trucking! (more…)

How to Make Trucking More Comfortable

Tuesday, November 28th, 2017
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There are a ton of ways you can make trucking a lot more comfortable.

In your trucking career, one of the most important tasks you will have is to make sure you are as comfortable as possible. Next to your safety and the safety of the other drivers on the road, your comfort is a highly important part of your time as a truck driver. For most people, physical discomfort causes them to become agitated, which is not at all safe for someone who is driving for a living. Follow these tips to keep yourself comfortable while on the road. (more…)

Everything You Wanted To Know About Pre-Trip Inspections

Friday, April 21st, 2017
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Conducting pre-trip inspections should be routine for every trucker.

The most important part of the day for any truck driver is the pre-trip inspection. In fact, driving a healthy vehicle is the only way you should ever drive. Therefore, making sure that you have all the proper inspections completed before you take your trip will ensure that you are safe on the long road ahead. There are some common inspections that can sometimes be overlooked, so it’s imperative that you make sure to look for these specific issues before deciding to head out on the road. (more…)

Some Of The Most Common CSA Violations

Friday, March 17th, 2017
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Ensuring you avoid violating CSA regulations is a lot easier than you think!

As a trucker, it is critical that you avoid violating the regulations set out under CSA. From your actual truck to driver violations, there are many common issues that pop up that need to be addressed. Here are just a few of the most common CSA violations that occur most frequently and some helpful ways to avoid them. (more…)

The Shipping Seasons for Truckers

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

Trucking Shipping SeasonsFor any involved with the trucking industry, it is always helpful to have an understanding of the industry. Whether you are a consumer using the trucks, a driver that does the shipping, or the maintenance crews for the trucks themselves, you need to understand when the industry is most active and when it begins to slow. This understanding with all parties can help shipment run smoothly and more effectively.

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The Dangers Of Multi Federal And State Transit Taxes

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

As you may have witness during the State of The Union Address last night, big changes are coming to Federal and State Laws. The trucking industry is no exception.

Maryland’s General Assembly has been in session for one month and big changes are already underway as the state frantically searches for new sources of revenue to fund transportation projects such as highway construction and transit funding programs.

Just this month the Senate President, Mike Miller has introduced a bill that will tremendously impact the trucking industry. Here is what the bill pertains:

  1. The creation of 2 regional transit districts will happen for Baltimore and Washington DC. One in each metropolitan area and elected officials will serve on governing boards to issue bonds, set transit fares, and add a property tax on owners located in the metropolitan areas to pay for the State’s transit systems.
  2. Counties will have authorization to raise motor vehicle fuel taxes up to 5 cents a gallon on the wholesale level prior to the year 2017. The year 2017 the State will take the initiatives to impose the tax increase.
  3. A 3% sales tax on motor fuels will be implemented. Currently, motor fuels are exempt from sales tax.

This week, MMTA’s Legislative Committee has voted against this bill because the committee believes too many levels of government have the taxing authority privilege.

A taxing authority system as the one suggested in the bill is ripe for corruption such as excessive taxation, evasion and using tax revenue for non-transportation purposes.

This bill is just one of roughly 2,300 bills proposed.

If this bill gets passed it will impact the trucking industry in the following ways:

  • Overweight and Over extended vehicle penalties will increase.
  • Price caps on goods/ services/ transportation will be enforced for state emergencies.
  • Prevention of Hydraulic Fracking on natural gas vehicles.
  • No decal requirement on vehicles carrying controlled hazardous substances.

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