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The ABC of the ELD Mandate

It’s been almost a month since the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) started enforcing the ELD mandate, but the issue is still quite a hot topic in the trucking industry. ELD stands for an “electronic logging device” that, starting December 18, 2017, operators of commercial motor vehicles covered by the law, must install in their trucks to automatically log certain data, mainly about the driver’s hours of service (commonly referred to as HOS). Even though it seems a fairly straightforward regulation, it has stirred plenty of controversy.

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¿Tesla revolucionará la industria de camiones?

El mundo de la tecnología sigue avanzando, esta vez gracias a las innovaciones de Tesla, la reconocida empresa liderada por Elon Musk, que se mantiene haciendo historia y revolucionando diferentes industrias. Hace poco hemos visto cómo Tesla ha presentado el coche más rápido que se ha fabricado, el Tesla Roadster, pero ahora quieren seguir impresionándonos dando un paso más allá, incursionando en el mundo de los camiones.

En noviembre del 2017 conocimos una gran noticia, luego de haber creado mucha expectativa. Fue presentado el Tesla Semi, posiblemente el mejor camión de la historia gracias a las maravillosas especificaciones que ofrece.

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Is technology a threat or opportunity to truck drivers?

Technology in recent times has taken many previously non-automated jobs in the industrial world, now according to reports, there are plans to launch the first automated truck. That is to say, we will start having self-driven trucks real soon. Computer scientists and economists say the threat isn’t merely theoretical: Automated cars pose an existential threat to the many Americans who drive for a living: 2.9 million truckers and delivery drivers, 674,000 bus drivers, 181,000 cab drivers and chauffeurs.

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Is This The Future of Trucking?

Elon Musk is no stranger to groundbreaking innovations. Through companies like PayPal, Tesla, and Space X, the entrepreneur has aimed to revolutionize the payment, automotive, and space travel industries, respectively. And he doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. Recently Musk announced that Tesla has its sights set on trucking.

In a conference held close to Space X’s headquarters, Musk unveiled the new Tesla Semi, an all-electric truck. If it looks radically different than a standard semi-trailer truck, it’s because it is. It has no big motor, no transmission, and its cabin seems like it was made for a spaceship.

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The Iowa 80: Truck Stop Goals

If you’ve ever taken even a long-distance road trip across the United States, you don’t have to travel that far to see that truck stops are an iconic part of the American highway. You might think that they’re pretty much all the same. Some gas pumps, a couple of restaurants, a convenience store, and not much else.

But one truck stop stands above the rest. The largest of its kind in the world, the Disneyland of truck stops: the Iowa 80. If your route ever brings you near exit 284 off Interstate 80 in the town of Walcott, Iowa, you’re in for a treat.

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Healthy Trucking, Healthy Living

Every trucker knows the road can be a dangerous place. Besides the obvious transit-related risks of constantly being on the road, some damages are less apparent, slowly worsening until they start to cause serious trouble. We’re talking about what trucking can do to your health.

Think about it: all those hours sitting down behind the wheel, as well as all that junk food we often have to rely on for the sake of convenience, add up over the years. Luckily there are small, manageable steps you can incorporate into your lifestyle in order to mitigate the dangers that come with living on the road.

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9 steps to starting a successful trucking company

A quick checklist that will help you to start your business in the trucking industry:

  •  Commercial driver’s license
  • Apply for Your Federal DOT and Motor Carrier Authority Numbers
  • Complete Your Unified Carrier Registration (UCR)
  • Get an International Registration Plan (IRP) Tag
  • Understand Heavy Use Tax Regulations
  • Obtain an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Decal
  • File a BOC-3 Form
  • Get A Standard Carrier Alpha Code (SCAC)
  • Start getting loads on Quickload.com

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Greener Trucking

Trucking Can Also Be Green

Trucking is not usually thought of as being environmentally friendly. And with good reason. Trucks emit a significant part of the global supply chain’s carbon footprint. That being said, it’s completely possible to make trucking, and supply chains in general, greener. Here’s a couple of measures you can explore in order to make your supply chain more environmentally friendly. You might find that these will not only have a positive impact on the environment; they can also have a positive impact on your bottom line, making your supply chain leaner and more efficient in general.

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Sneak Preview: The Great American Truck Show

We’re less than a week away from one of the trucking industry’s most awaited events every year and we couldn’t be more excited. We’re talking, of course, about the Great American Truck Show, an interactive, all-encompassing convention that brings together trucking professionals from all over the world.

This year the Show heads to Dallas, Texas, where starting August 24 truck and parts manufacturers, logistics companies, GPS providers, and every kind of industry associated with trucking, will be under one roof at the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center.

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QuickLoad to attend 2017 FTA Annual Conference

The Florida Trucking Association’s (FTA) Annual Conference is taking place on August 3–4, 2017 at the Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Florida, and QuickLoad is excited to be attending. The two days will be spent alongside industry leaders as well as participating in seminars and workshops that will focus on trucking technologies, logistics, and driver accomplishments.

The FTA is the trusted voice: Promoting and protecting the interests of Florida’s trucking and transportation industry for more than 80 years. Trucking professionals from drivers to partners to associated vendors meet at the annual event to learn, connect, and work together to tackle important industry issues. The organization’s dynamic advocacy services for the state’s trucking and transportation industry truly resonates with our company’s global logistics works and corporate values.

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