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Driver Turnover at Big Trucking Firms

The pace of driver turnover at big motor carriers rose to 95 percent in the third quarter of 2017, up 14 percentage points from the same period a year earlier. The third quarter turnover rate is up five percentage points from 90 percent in the second quarter of this year, according to the American Trucking Associations’ latest report. Turnover at small trucking fleets – those with less than $30 million in annual revenue – increased two percentage points from 82 percent to 84 percent for the same period in 2016. The rate dropped one percentage point compared with the second quarter of this year.

turnover rate is a “Reflection of the current state of the driver market,” said Bob Costello, chief economist at the ATA. “When turnover rates are lower, that tells us that the driver market is not as tight, that drivers are not in as high of demand,” Costello told “Since bottoming out at the end of 2016, the turnover rate at larger fleets has steadily risen – a function of an improving economy, rising demand for freight transportation and fierce competition for drivers,” he said. The increasing churn rate may be attributed to truckers jumping from fleet to fleet as carriers offer sign-on bonuses to attract drivers.

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Accounting Software for a Small Trucking Business

Generic accounting software is fine for many businesses, but a successful small trucking business requires its software be specific for trucking to meet the intricate needs of the industry. Trucking company software should be able to track revenue and expenses per mile, load, or truck and have the ability to input additional charges such as detention and loading pay easily.

Truckers Helper
The Truckers Helper full version supports up to 10 trucks. The accounting features in the program include one-step data entry and can provide double-entry accounting reports. Mileage tracking allows you to calculate fuel taxes automatically when you enter load and fuel information. You can upgrade to the fleet version when the company outgrows the full version. Truckers Helper is compatible with Windows. As of 2011, the full version costs $359 and routing and GPS capabilities are available. You can lease the software for $55 per month.

Keystone Systems
Keystone Systems integrates billing, dispatch, settlements, and fuel tax reporting, which helps to prevent errors due to data entry. The report writing function allows you to set your own parameters for reports and will pull the information you need from several files to compile the report. The accounting portion of the program will track all of your income and expenses by trip or truck allowing you to see what routes and drivers are cost effective. Keystone builds the package you need for your business and will quote a price after evaluating your needs.

TruckBytes Provides accounting functions such as tracking income and expenses, creating invoices, and financial reports. The software is available for independent owner/operators and small fleets. The basic software is free as of 2011, but you can add a feature that calculates fuel taxes and payroll for no more than $20 per truck per month.

Truckn Pro 7
Truckn Pro 7 is designed for owner/operators or small fleet companies. The accounting functions include income, expense, revenue and profit and loss reports. The software fills in maintenance reports and tracks driver logs. As of 2011, it’s available for $135, which includes any updates for a year.


Tax Deductions for Meals for Truck Drivers

Truck drivers may qualify for tax deductions for meals under the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) rules governing travel away from home. To be eligible, it must be necessary for the driver to stop for “substantial sleep or rest” while traveling away from home. The meals also cannot be deducted if they are overly expensive or extravagant or if the meal costs have been reimbursed by the company. There are two basic methods for taking tax deductions: actual cost and standard meal allowance. Truck drivers qualify for special consideration within these deductions.

Fifty Percent Limit

The first method for claiming a tax deduction is by calculating the actual cost of meals. Typically, people may only deduct up to 50 percent of their unreimbursed cost for meals. If a company does not reimburse for meals at all, that would be 50 percent of the total cost. Otherwise, an employee can only claim a deduction for half of the amount paid personally. Any meals that are covered by a company are not eligible for tax deductions.

Standard Meal Allowance Rules
The second method for taking a tax deduction is through the use of the Standard Meal Allowance. Under this method, a driver has an average set amount for daily meals and incidental expenses. Instead of charting actual costs, a driver keeps a record of dates, places, and times of travel and can deduct a set amount based on the length and destination of the business trip. However, a driver can only take a meal allowance for unreimbursed meals. If a company pays for the meals, a driver is not allowed to take the standard meal allowance deduction on her taxes.

Standard Meal Allowance Rates
Truck drivers and other transportation employees have their own rates for reimbursement under the IRS code, and they are higher than those for other employees. In 2009, drivers are able to claim a standard meal allowance of $52 for each day of travel within the continental United States ($58 outside) from January 1 through September 30. The rate rises to $59 a day ($65 outside of the continental United States) from October 1 through December 31. These rates are re-evaluated yearly. To claim the deduction, a truck driver subtracts eligible allowances from his taxable income at the end of the year.

Beginning and End of Trip
For the first and last day of a trip, a truck driver must pro-rate her allowance using one of two methods. The first method allows an employee to claim 75 percent of the standard meal allowance. The second is to use any method that is consistent and reasonable under standard business rules. A driver cannot claim beginning and end-of-trip meal costs as a tax deduction if they are reimbursed by her company.

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Used Fleet Truck Sales Launched by Schneider

Schneider National recently expanded its tractor purchase offerings for owner-operators, fleets and wholesalers.

In addition to its Schneider Finance division, which provides options to current and prospective Schneider National owner-operators on new and used trucks, Schneider also now offers used fleet trucks. Owner-operators and fleets who purchase used fleet trucks are not required to lease the units with Schneider National.

Most trucks are 2005 to 2007 model years and range from $20,000-$35,000. All trucks for sale have been serviced and maintained to Schneider’s standards for preventive maintenance and have a history of excellent fuel mileage.

Schneider’s Used Fleet Truck Sales offers trucks just coming off of the road and has a current inventory of more than 800 units available at 18 Schneider locations across the U.S. and Canada. More than 100 trucks are available in the Northeast as replacement units for those impacted by Superstorm Sandy.

In addition to standard over-the-road truckload units, Schneider Used Fleet Truck Sales also has more than 60 bulk, flatbed, agricultural and oil field trucks for sale; more than 50 day-cab units and more than 100 UltraShift automatic transmission trucks. More than 300 used trailers are also available.

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Train and truck collide in Wright County,hurting a driver

A freight train struck a garbage truck in Wright County shortly before dawn Tuesday, and the truck driver was taken from the scene by air ambulance, authorities said.

The eastbound Canadian Pacific train collided with the truck about 6:30 a.m. at 5th Street SE. in Rockford Township, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

The driver was taken to Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids, and “we are being told that he is in stable condition,” Sheriff’s Capt. Greg Howell said. No crew members were hurt.

The 119-car train was heading into the Twin Cities from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, and remained at the scene for several hours while investigators collected evidence, Canadian Pacific spokesman Ed Greenberg said. No cars derailed and none had hazardous materials, Greenberg added.

The train’s crew spotted the truck but could not avoid a collision. “It takes a mile or more to come to a complete stop,” Greenberg said.

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Diet Plan for Drivers

While a nice crock pot filled with vegetables, potatoes and chunks of turkey would be a fantastic healthy meal, truck drivers do not get this luxury. They must cope without ovens, blenders, freezers, and many amenities other people use without much thought. In addition, truck drivers are relegated to whatever food happens to await them at a certain mile marker, making food choices very limited. As such, they must be very smart about food preparation on the road in order to stay healthy.

Make smart choices at pit stops
During late hours, fast food chains may be the only option. Chains that offer the most variety of healthy foods are Subway and Quiznos. At sandwich chains, opt for turkey and lean cuts of meat over salami and meatballs. Given the choice between beef or chicken, opt for grilled chicken. Taco Bell’s fresco menu has many popular items like tacos and burritos for fewer calories and fat.

For sides and condiments, skip the mayo and use mustard or ketchup instead. Avoid French fries and ask for sides of fruit or vegetables if available.”How to Buy And Sell Just About Everything” recommends getting junior meals instead of the largest meal, and choosing unsweetened beverages like iced tea, water, or half-lemonade half-water.
Healthy choices at gas stations are sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, bananas, and power bars. Skip the soda and get water.
Making a quick detour to a grocery store is the best possible option. Grocery stores provide fruit, vegetables, salads, soup, juice and sandwiches. Stores also provide healthier alternatives to common snack foods, like dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate, as well as baked potato chips instead of regular potato chips.

Pack healthy portable snacks
To curtail cravings on the road, trail mix is a great snack. The book “Perricone Weight Loss Diet” mentions that nuts keep you satiated, but also offer healthy fats and minerals like selenium and magnesium. Raisins provide a sugar boost, which can spike energy levels without causing a sugar crash. Steer clear of trail mix with crystallized fruit; such fruit is loaded with refined sugars. In the book “Lick the Sugar Habit,” author Nancy Appleton explains that refined sugars (table sugar) can contribute to diabetes, constipation and can suppress the immune system. For this reason, abstain from eating too many candy bars or sugar-candy like
Skittles and taffy.Many truckers eat out of sheer boredom. If this is you, pack carrot sticks, celery, and cucumber. These foods are low in calories, but take a long time to chew. Otherwise, chew on gum.

If possible, invest in a refrigerator and microwave
Few trucks provide refrigerators. Getting a dorm room sized refrigerator will enable you to keep produce at a cool temperature, which will make the food last longer (and likely tastier, as few enjoy the taste of a warm apple subjected to humidity).

A microwave allows truckers to make soup quickly and easily, especially since many soups no longer require a can opener. Choose broth-based soups, as they have fewer calories and fat than cream-based soups. If possible, pay a little extra for soup that isn’t instant noodles. Instant noodles are laden with preservatives, MSG, high in fat and calories, and provide little nutrition. Look for soups high in fiber and veggies, like minestrone or black bean soup.

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Freight Coordinator Job Description

Freight coordinators are administrative professionals who work for shipping, transportation and logistics companies. Though their duties are mostly clerical in nature, some freight coordinators also handle billing functions for warehouses and manage customer orders and pickups. Freight coordinators must juggle a variety of tasks and have a strong attention to detail to perform their jobs effectively.

Freight coordinators are responsible for routing incoming and outgoing communication regarding freight shipments and transportation needs for their companies. These positions usually support freight executives by answering and transferring phone calls and recording and relaying phone messages. Coordinators also process shipping and receiving reports by entering data into spreadsheets and electronic databases. Other freight coordinator duties include stocking office equipment and supplies, filing freight and transportation documentation, distributing and sending out office shipments and acting as a front office receptionist.

Freight coordinators should have a high school diploma and basic office training. Professionals can receive training at a vocational school or community college that offers office administration courses in computer technology, bookkeeping, transcription and project management. Online classes are also available for administrative and secretarial professionals.

Since freight coordinators occupy primarily administrative roles, employers prefer candidates with strong communication and project management skills. Experience with computer software such as Microsoft Excel, Word, Outlook and Access is a plus. Freight coordinators should also possess analytical, time management and customer service skills. Some employers require that freight coordinators have knowledge of accounting standards and principles, as well as previous work experience in the freight industry.

Freight coordinators earn an average salary of $38,000 according to a May 2010 report published by According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) “Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-11 Edition,” shipping, receiving and traffic clerks earned a median salary of $27,660 as of May 2008.

The BLS projects that clerk positions in shipping, receiving and traffic companies will decrease 7 percent from 2008 to 2018. Some of the factors contributing to this decline include the introduction of computer software and document scanning technology, as well as large-scale automation in warehouses that use robotics and machines to collect, process and direct shipments. Although shipping and receiving clerks will experience negative job growth, administrative and secretary positions are expected to increase 11 percent during the same period. Administrative professionals with strong communication and computer experience will have the best job opportunities until 2018.

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How to Find Know if My MC Number Is Being Used?

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) in the United States, any commercial truck used for interstate transit and over the gross vehicle weight rating of 10,001 or more pounds is required to have a Motor Carrier Authority (MC) number. This number is issued by the FMCSA and generally takes a driver around ten business days to become active and be issued a MC number. By contacting the FMCSA, you can check to see if anyone else is using your MC number.


Gather up your documents including your PIN number. The FMCSA mailed you a PIN number that you will need to check your MC number online.

Visit the FMCSA website. Click on “Registration and Licensing” on the top menu. Select “Operating Authority Search” from the drop-down menu.

Select “Carrier Search” from the drop-down menu at the top of the page. Add your MC number, legal name and state that you operate out of. Click “Search.”

Review the results. Enter your PIN number if necessary. Make sure that your name, address and telephone number is correct. If someone else is using your MC number, some information may be incorrect. You can also see if any other names are tied to your MC number.

Call 1-866-637-0635 if you do not have access to the Internet or if the information you found suggests someone else is using your MC number.

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Department of Transportation Jobs

The Department of Transportation, however, is still hiring in many areas. They have a wide variety of jobs available in most states. They provide a great benefits package and a competitive starting wage. Department of Transportation jobs are typically not at risk of layoff because they are at the core of transportation safety and security.

There are eight basic types of jobs with the Department of Transportation:
1) transportation specialists, who keep track of the operations, facilities and practices of transportation carriers;
2) air traffic controllers, who work out of airports nationwide;
3) engineers, who are needed in almost all parts of the department;
4) rail inspectors, whose jobs are physically challenging but essential;
5) aviation safety inspectors, who inspect all aircraft;
6) motor carrier safety specialists, who inspect large trucks;
7) information technology specialists, who utilize all the latest in technology

To start the process of getting a job with the Department of Transportation, check list of available jobs on the department website. Read the job announcement carefully to make sure you are fully qualified for the position. Then complete the online application provided through the website. You’ll need an electronic copy of your resume and cover letter when filling out the application.

The benefits of working for the Department of Transportation include health insurance (including dental and vision), life insurance, disability insurance, retirement, sick leave, holidays, paid vacation, family leave, telecommuting options, transit subsidies, fitness centers, wellness programs, recognition programs, child care facilities, child care and elder care assistance, tuition assistance programs and employee assistance counseling.

Special Circumstances
If you have a disability, submit your resume to the DOT Operating Administration Human Resources office. The Department of Transportation is an equal opportunity employer. You will need to show that your disability will not prevent you from performing the tasks of the position you are applying for.

Most jobs with the Department of Transportation require a college degree, special training or specific past work experience. Be sure to read the job requirements and qualifications carefully before applying. Some of the positions require you to be able to travel, and others are location specific.