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Tiffney Lopez


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7 Easy Ways to Thank a Truck Driver

Oct 14, 2021 3:24:21 PM / by Tiffney Lopez

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We have what we need because a truck driver brought it to us. Starting September 12th through the 18th, we celebrate the men and women whose days are long, and nights are even longer. 

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What you need to know about IFTA

Oct 11, 2021 3:01:44 PM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in Fuel, IFTA

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What is IFTA? 

The International Fuel Tax Agreement started in 1983. It's an agreement between Canada and the contiguous United States (the lower 48).

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Getting the Most out of Your ELD Provider

Oct 5, 2021 11:49:15 AM / by Tiffney Lopez

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You deserve quality customer service

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The Importance of the Daily Vehicle Inspection Record

Oct 1, 2021 8:10:14 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs

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The Daily Vehicle Inspection Record is done each day that a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) is in use. The driver of that vehicle does this to ensure the safety of the truck before it hits the road.

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How to Recap your Cycle Hours

Sep 23, 2021 11:27:54 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in Hours of Service

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Ralph wants to get home to his family as soon as possible, but he has hundreds of miles to go and needs to figure out how to avoid a 34-hour reset so he's not stuck in his truck unable to move. 

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Using the sleeper split to get more miles out of your 14 hours

Sep 17, 2021 11:21:43 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs, sleeper berth, HOS

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Rob began driving a truck a few years ago, after the ELD mandate started. He hauls general freight and is very good about keeping up with his Hours of Service. But after the updated Hours of Service rules in 2020, he got a little bit confused on how he could use his sleeper berth split.

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Keeping your Permit Book Electronically

Sep 8, 2021 11:39:34 AM / by Tiffney Lopez

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Whether you're new to trucking or a seasoned driver, it's always handy to know what documentation you should always have with you. 

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Hours of Service Explained

Sep 2, 2021 10:29:08 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs, FMCSA, Hours of Service

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Truck drivers have a certain amount of time they are allowed to be behind the wheel. With the ELD mandate in effect the problems with ELDs are their enforcement of Hours of Service laws.

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The Real Problems with ELDs

Aug 25, 2021 9:28:42 AM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs

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After years of slow implementation, the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate by the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA) started strict enforcement April 20181.

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Using DataQ to Correct Inaccurate DOT Citations

Aug 23, 2021 1:50:28 PM / by Tiffney Lopez posted in ELDs, fines, FMCSA, DOT, DataQ

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Dave was recently pulled over by an officer with the Department of Transportation (DOT). After the officer completed his inspection, Dave noticed the data on his inspection report was different than the paper version.

Dave at first thought this was one of the problems with ELDs. What stuck out the most is he saw his Hours of Service were recorded accurately on his ELD, but on the report it says Dave violated his HOS by not taking a 30-minute break... The officer was enforcing a rule that has since been changed.

Thankfully, Dave keeps documentation of everything and can easily refute the violation and submit it supporting data.

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