• 00:29

    Driver Qualification File Dos and Don't

    in Training

    Open discussion regarding the driver qualification file FMCSA requirements.  What should be included or not.  Should your driver qualification be user friendly or bare bones to only meet regulations?  Pro and cons of information contained in the driver qualification file.

  • 01:01

    Getting Started: Become a Motor Carrier in the New Year Ep. 14

    in Business

    Welcome to 2015! Is your goal this year to advance your business? Are you still trying to make the decision? We will discuss the basic concepts involved with starting a business, the finances, the process, and most importantly the attitude. I will define a motor carrier and explain some of the responsibilities that having your own numbers entails. Then I will walk you through the step by step process of applying for your authority. I look forward to taking your calls and answering any questions you have!

    Join us at 7PM ET  Call: (646) 668-2277

  • 01:26

    Booking your First Load: Where to Begin your Journey Ep. 15

    in Business

    Join us at 7pm ET
    Call: (646) 668-2277

    Booking your first load? Now that you have your authority you have to find freight. Where do you start? How do present yourself to your customers? How do you know what the rates should be? Also, we've walked you through the process of the FMCSA filing, but there are some state requiremnets as well. We will cover some of the basics of registering with individual states.

  • 01:30

    Minimum Training Requirements for Entry-Level Drivers

    in Current Events

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has announced its intent to establish a negotiated rulemaking (RegNeg) committee to negotiate and develop proposed regulations to implement Section 32304 of the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21). This section is concerning establishing minimum industry training requirement standards for entry-level drivers of commercial motor vehicles, an issue that has been ongoing for decades.

    A Proposed Rule document has been issued by the FMCSA with the intent to establish the Entry-Level Driver Training Advisory Committee (ELDTAC) and is currently asking for solicitation of applications and nominations for committee membership. The final date to comment is set for January 9, 2015.

    Our guest this evening is Richard Wilson, President and CEO of TCRG Consulting and Regulation. Mr. Wilson also serves on the Advisory Council as the Regulation and Compliance Representative for NATA: North American Trucking Alerts.

    NATA will be nominating Mr. Wilson to the FMCSA committee based on his broad and extensive background within the industry, his active involvement in D.C., and his proven track record with concerns for safety and truck drivers' rights.

    Discussion will focus on the critical need for CDL training standards as well as the goals of NATA as it continues its positive movement in gathering professional truck drivers and trucking industry leaders together to resolve the many issues that everyone within the industry is facing.

    Join the conversation!

  • 01:55

    Trucking Open Forum "Round Table"

    in Current Events

    The North American Trucking Alerts website is now "Live" and accepting memberships. Check out who has already joined and are writing in the NATA forum.

    Our open forum is just that, "open" to what is on your mind as it relates to drivers and the trucking industry: from the latest CDL exemption request by CR England to FMCSA  requesting that those with a CDL learner's permit be allowed to drive solo, to cameras facing inside the truck (yes, they are watching)!

    FMCSA’s promise to provide clarification on the topic of sleep apnea testing for truck drivers? Have a topic you want to discuss? Call-in number: 347-826-9170

    Never miss a show!  Sign up for TEXT alerts to your phone for Truth About Trucking "Live" broadcasts via: https://mobile-text-alerts.com/truckingradio or just text the word truckingradio to 781-728-9542.

    Come join the conversation!

  • 01:29

    Open Forum: Trucking Round Table

    in Current Events

    It is a Friday Night Special Open Forum Round Table discussion where everyone has the chance to share "What is on your mind?" as it relates to professional drivers and the trucking industry. There is always plenty of topics to choose from, such as driverless trucks or the lastest FMCSA “research” report suggesting that Electronic Logging Devices (ELD’s) are not being used toward driver harassment.

    What are your thoughts? Is the 232 page report accurate after surveying 628 truck drivers out of the 3.5 million in the United States? Does this "final" study mean that "some" harassment is OK, but just not too much of it?

    Or how about that weather out there where you are? Are you still truckin’ through 90" of snow!?!  Another Open Forum which means it's your show, so where will you take us?

    Call-in number is 347-826-9170 . . . come join the conversation!

  • 01:26

    Trucking with Authority Hosted by: Kenny Long - Episode 13

    in Business

    2014 is winding down to a great close. What needs to be done to wrap up 2014 and begin strong for 2015? Also, FMCSA has taken notice of companies skirting the rules of brokers by offering "dispatch services." Learn how this can affect you! As always,we will be taking your questions and comments to help you build a better trucking business!

  • 01:29

    Open Forum: Driver Training Standards

    in Current Events

    On August 19, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced that it will accept input from stakeholders to determine a  possible rulemaking for entry-level truck driver training. After years of failing to implement a final rule which would establish such criteria, the FMCSA is considering using a negotiated rulemaking, known as RegNeg.

    Under RegNeg, outside agency representatives would consult among each other in order to develop the proposed rule, taking the responsibility away from the FMCSA. In Canada, a task force is working toward establishing criteria for entry-level drivers, as well as hoping to have the Canadian government classify truck driving as a "skilled" profession.

    Furthermore, the Canadian Trucking Alliance has admitted that the primary causes for a driver shortage are driver wages, quality of life, qualifications and demographics.

    Join us as we look at the very different approach by the U.S. and Canada as it relates to driver training and recognizing the importance of the professional driver. Just one topic for our "Open Forum."

    What's your topic? Come join the conversation!

  • 01:01

    FMCSA Hours of Service Proposal

    in Current Events

    As truck drivers gear up for the new hours of service proposal by the FMCSA, the trucking industry is wasting no time in voicing their disapproval. Our special guest, Richard Wilson, regulatory manager for Trans Products & Tran Services, a motor carrier and safety compliance company, will give us a run down on what the proposed change in the HOS rule could mean for drivers and the industry.

  • 00:08

    Trucking with Authority Hosted by: Kenny Long - Episode 4

    in Business

    What are the different types of authority granted by the FMCSA and how are they different? How can you check the credit of brokers or potential direct customers? We will talk about how to apply for the authority that you need and how to make sure you're doing business with other reputable companies. Plus, your tips, tricks, and questions will all be discussed on the show tonight!  

  • 01:26

    Trucker's Right to Sleep and the 4th Amendment

    in Legal

    Discussion will include the paradox between Hours of Service, Truck Driver Fatigue, and  waking up of professional drivers by law enforcement during their FMCSA mandatory 10 hour break period.

    As The FMCSA continues to strive for greater highway safety within the trucking industry, many times by the addition of new rules and regulations, the main focus in combating truck driver fatigue should be allowing drivers to sleep when tired. According to the 2013 Truck Parking Survey results, drivers reported that their rest was being interrupted by state law officials on a regular basis.

    Our guests are Kenny Capell, and Martin Hill, founder of the Don't Wake Me Up Organization. Having been awaken from the sleeper berth at a Georgia scale by LE officials demanding to see his ID, Mr. Capell stood by the 4th Amendment,and refused. Filing a 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 Federal Civil Rights lawsuit against the troopers, he has a court date set for August 11th, 2014.

    Mr. Capell and Mr. Hill will share the full story and why they believe it to be a direct violation of trucker's rights.

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