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Cargo theft prevention tips for the holidays
Holidays like the long upcoming Independence Day weekend may serve as a respite for man from the workaday world, but for cargo thieves, they represent a golden opportunity to steal freight. Here are some tips to help keep your load more secure.

Cargo theft remains a big problem for the trucking industry and the freight world as a whole – a problem the leads to losses of some $15 billion to $30 billion a year, according to figures compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), as you’ll see in the pages that follow.

And yet our nation’s top law enforcement agency believes that $15 billion to $30 billion figure may actually be too low, as cargo crime remains an under-reported and, yes, often unspoken affliction affecting the freight business.

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Tire pressure imbalance: Why it’s a problem
When the inflation pressures between a set of dual tires on either tractor or trailer axles are not properly in balance, bad things can happen.

As product manager for tire pressure monitoring systems (TPMS) at Bendix, Jon Intagliata intimately knows how even a small difference in tire inflation pressures can reduce fuel economy and decrease expected tire life and the dangerous those conditions can create..

It’s common knowledge that the right tire inflation pressure is a major factor in vehicle safety, tire life, fuel efficiency, and operating costs. Less frequently discussed, though, is the specific issue of pressure imbalance in dual-tire wheel-ends

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TravelCenters to offer military members free meals on July 4
Over 170 full-service restaurants within the TravelCenters of America LLC and Petro Stopping Centers are participating nationwide.

The TA Restaurant Group, a division of TravelCenters of America LLC (which includes the Petro Stopping Centers chain as well), is once again inviting all active duty military, veterans and reservists with proof of service to enjoy a complimentary meal on July 4 at one of 170 participating Country Pride or Iron Skillet sit-down restaurants across the U.S.

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Trucking Government and Regulation Websites

Your connection to the regulations and laws which govern the trucking industry, the agencies and people who enforce them, and the representatives who make the laws. We have also included other websites that provide information to make complying with these rules and regulations a little easier.

Alphabetical Index of websites:                                                
Click on any heading to go to the coorisponding website  

                   
Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA)
With Comprehensive Safety Analysis 2010 (CSA 2010), the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) together with state partners and industry will work to further reduce commercial motor vehicle (CMV) crashes, fatalities, and injuries on our nation's highways. CSA 2010 is to be implemented nationwide July 1, 2010. View Details

Safety Measurement System (SMS)
The DOT offers a free online service called SMS. It’s a rating system which tracks all US roadside inspections, vehicle collisions, moving violations, hours-of-service violations and fleet  audits. After Clicking on theSMS Link, fill in carriersUS DOT or MC # click Search.. View Details

US Hours of Service Regulations
With all the changes about to occur concerning the Hours of Service (HOS), here’s the location detailing what the regulations are today. J.J. Keller has been in the transportation industry since 1953, and has provided customers with up-to-date news and information for every significant HOS     change. They look forward to offering you even more choices for Hours of Service management as future regulations are established. View Details

Transport Canada
Freight Integration and Motor Carrier Policy for Canada. View Details

Commercial Driver's License Information System
FMCSA’s website describing the (CDL/CDLIS) System as managed by USIS (DAC report). The FMSCA requires motor carriers to obtain a 3-year driving history on holders of a regulated Commercial Drivers License (CDL). A key challenge for employers is determining the proper state(s) from which to request the driver's records. View Details

DAC USIS (DAC Report)
The best way to get information for obtaining your DAC is call 1-800-381-0645, (Monday thru Friday, 8-5 Central Time).
The only way you can get a copy of your DAC Report is by mailing USIS copies of your SSA Card and CDL. These must be included with a letter from you stating the reason for wanting a copy. If you suspect a fraudulent entry on your report, or you are currently receiving welfare or public assistance, or you're unemployed looking for a CDL-related position, you can get a copy without paying a $9.95 fee. View Details

USIS Pre-employment & Drug Screening Services
Attn: Consumers Department
4500 S. 129th E. Ave., Suite 200
Tulsa, OK 74134-5885

Diesel and Gas Prices
This Week's Retail Prices for Diesel (On-Highway). Know what you'll be paying for fuel. View Details

DOT The Department of Transportation
The mission of the Department is to:
Serve the United States by ensuring a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets our vital national interests and enhances the quality of life of the American people, today and into the future.
Statutory Authority The Department of Transportation was established by an Act of Congress on October 15, 1966. The Department’s first official day of operation was April 1, 1967. View Details

EPA Smart Way ]
In 2004, EPA launched SmartWaySM — an innovative brand that represents environmentally cleaner, more fuel-efficient transportation options. In its simplest form, the SmartWay brand identifies products and services that reduce transportation-related emissions.  View Details

Federal Regulations
Find documents by entering a keyword, phrase, identification number, or leave blank and select 'Search' to access all documents for your search parameters. Regulations.gov is your online source for U.S. government regulations from nearly 300 federal agencies. They are committed to improving your access to, and participation in, the federal regulatory process. View Details

FHWA Federal Highway Administration
We in the FHWA are committed to working with you, our customers and partners, to keep America moving safely, comfortably, economically, and without harm to our environment. Our mission is to create the best transportation system in the world for the American people through proactive leadership, innovation, and excellence in service. The FHWA is a part of the Department of Transportation, headquartered in Washington, D.C., with field offices located across the United States. View Details

FMCSA Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) was established within the Department of Transportation on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999 (49 U.S.C. 113). Formerly a part of the Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's primary mission is to prevent commercial motor vehicle-related fatalities and injuries. View Details

Google Maps
Using Street Level maps in Google Maps is an excellent way to see exactly what the lay of the land will be and become familiar with buildings and landmarks at where you are picking up or delivering. Another technology tool that can give you a better ‘view’ of what you do. View Details

National Road Conditions and Closures

Use to determine the safest and least construction-encumbered route for your trucks. Determine real-time weather conditions through use of traffic cameras. View Details

National Weather Service
Great weather forecaster for truckers and trucking companies. This invaluable website is your forecaster of future weather events and advisor of current weather. View Details

Sunrise Sunset Time
For carriers hauling oversize loads knowing what time sunrise and sunset will occur each day along the load’s route is imperative for route planning. This link provides you with a calculator to determine those all-important daily start and finish driving times. View Details

Contact your Government Representatives in Washington
Congress.org is a nonpartisan news and information Website devoted to encouraging civic participation. Their mission is to provide information about public policy issues of the day and tips on effective advocacy so that citizens can make their voices heard. The heart of Congress.org is an award-winning software program that makes it easy for citizens to write their elected officials. Their software assures that your letter will be delivered directly to the decision-makers whose opinions you hope to influence. The best way to have any influence on the legislation before Congress which will impact your life as a trucker is to communicate with the individual Representatives and Senators who represent you from your district and State. The best and most effective means we’ve found to accomplish this is Congress.org. View_Details

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