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DOT Post-Accident Drug & Alcohol Testing

As we continue to delve into the various test types that DOT-regulated motor carriers are required to perform, it’s probably becoming clear to you that the FMCSA has specific criteria that must be met in all testing situations — and the same is true for P…

FMCSA Audits and Reviews Can Have Costly Consequences

Audit: a word that strikes fear into the hearts of many. Whether it is the Internal Revenue Service or the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) reviewing documents and procedures, audits can be stressful processes that extend to uncomfortab…

The Buyer’s Dilemma

Fleet operators choose between industry standard equipment and lower-priced imitations

Things to Consider When Buying a Fuel Truck

Oil and Energy recently reached out to John Faris III, Vice President at Oilmen’s Truck Tanks, Inc. to discuss the process of buying and outfitting a new tank truck.

Winter Weather Forecast 2018-2019

For heating fuel delivery companies in the Northeast, a normal winter is good. Normal means cold. Cold means business. After the non-winter winter that was the 2016-2017 heating season, the industry welcomed the extreme cold stretch that froze the Nort…

Otto: Uber’s Self-Driving Big Rig Delivers

In October, a Volvo 18-wheeler fitted with Otto’s self-driving kit delivered 2,000 cases of Budweiser beer on a 120-mile trip through Colorado—without a driver at the wheel. Otto completed the world’s first commercial shipment by self-driving truck.

Primer on Post-Accident Procedures

Accidents. No matter what type of business you operate, these are the last situations you want your company to be involved in. In addition to any injury or trauma that occurs, a DOT-qualifying accident can “red-flag” the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Ad…

Partnership Helps Boston Steel Do More for Customers

Boston Steel & Mfg. Co. customers will see an expanded product line and faster delivery times now that the Malden, Mass.-based truck tank builder has partnered with Tremcar USA.

An Epic Start

The 2017-2018 heating season might have started slowly, but it quickly crescendoed to a boom … or rather, a bomb. A storm can be considered a “bomb cyclone” if its pressure falls 24 millibars in 24 hours. The winter storm that blasted practically the e…

Safe Driving Musts

Recently the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) withdrew two controversial regulatory proposals that had received a considerable amount of backlash. The first, which would have required all CDL drivers to be screened for Obstructive Sleep…

New Frontiers in Fuel Delivery

As Scully Signal Co. celebrates its 80th anniversary, it is engaging with customers and investing in engineering to help fuel distributors pursue new opportunities. Executive Vice President Katrina Scully Ohl, granddaughter of company founder Frank Scu…

Remote Monitoring Propane Storage Tanks With Wesroc

NY company reads fill levels remotely to maintain delivery efficiency while avoiding run-outs.

Proposed Rule Would Shake Up Drug & Alcohol Testing

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has released the long awaited Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Department of Transportation Drug and Alcohol Testing Clearinghouse. Required by Congress and requested by industry figures, this regimen w…

From Lessons Learned to Lives Saved

In February, the National Transportation Safety Board released its Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety Improvements for 2019-2020.

Making Driverless Vehicles Safe

As automakers prepare to deploy their self-driving vehicles, the big question is how we ensure that these vehicles are safe enough to share the roads. Industry is pushing Congress for federal regulations and standards to find the answers. In February, th…

Keep Strong Documentation on Drivers

Many motor carriers assume that as long as their business doesn’t employ CDL drivers who operate Commercial Motor Vehicles (CMVs) with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) or Gross Combination Weight Rating (GCWR) of over 26,000 pounds, that the Federal M…

Forecasting Deliveries

Energy marketers who want to improve delivery efficiency without a large investment in software can integrate degree-day forecasting into their delivery scheduling with a subscription service from Degree Days Online.

‘Non-Negative’ Results Require Proper Handling

As addressed in previous articles, all Department of Transportation (DOT)-regulated businesses that operate vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or Combination Weight Rating of at least 26,001 pounds—or who transport hazardous materials that requir…

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