Christmas is here and New Year’s Eve is around the corner. For most people this means taking a break from work and getting together with the family and relatives. However, for most truckers, the winter holidays are just another day on the road. Truckers work tirelessly to deliver all the goods that make the holidays possible. So if you say they are the real Santa – you will not be far from the truth.
The shortage of truck drivers is raising the shipping rates and is making online retailers nervous about delivering customer purchases before Christmas. Some major retailers already stopped taking order for delivery before Christmas or put a disclaimers in their ordering systems warning that delivery before the holiday can not be guaranteed. The new ELD mandate is making those problems worse.
Electronic logging devices are designed to record data related to operation of the vehicle and to driver activity. Information mainly concerns hours of service. Commercial truckers are restricted to a maximum number of hours they are allowed to drive between rest periods. The ELD rule requires ELD use by commercial drivers who are required to prepare hours-of-service records of duty status.
Maintaining a vehicle is not an easy task by itself, but when combined with extreme winter conditions, it gets even harder. As an owner-operator of a truck you probably have drove through some heavy snows, but if you are just starting your trucking business or you still cringe when someone says “winter driving”- we are here to give you some easy tips on how to keep your truck in working order during the winter and, of course, protect yourself while driving in cold weather conditions.
In the early hours of Saturday Dec 2nd morning after days of negotiations the GOP Senators got 51 votes and passed their version of the tax reform bill. All 48 Democratic senators voted against it. The bill as passed has significant differences with the GOP House version, which have to be reconciled before a final bill is sent to President Trump for signing.