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Who Monitors the Monitors?

One of the biggest takeaways from the energy industry’s 2017 trade show season has to be the penetration of “smart” technology into virtually every segment of the field: manufacturing, delivery, service, training, sales, marketing and everywhere in betwee…
One of the biggest takeaways from the energy industry’s 2017 trade show season has to be the penetration of “smart” technology into virtually every segment of the field:… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/who-monitors-monitors/

DOT Reasonable Suspicion Drug & Alcohol Testing

As the employer, you make sure your drivers are enrolled in your random drug-testing program. But if you begin noticing some troubling behaviors you may think you can send them for a random drug or alcohol test.
Our last two articles on Pre-Employment and Random Testing aimed to create a better understanding of the ins and outs of hiring and setting up drivers in a compliant Drug &… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/dot-reasonable-suspicion-drug-alcohol-testing/

Real-Time Delivery, Inventory & Visibility

How mobile computing empowers today’s “smart” fuel fleets There was a feeling of progress in the room, as Dennis Disabatino of Cargas Systems gave his presentation on “The Evolution of Mobile Truck Computing: From Early Adopters to Being an Essential Too…
How mobile computing empowers today’s “smart” fuel fleets There was a feeling of progress in the room, as Dennis Disabatino of Cargas Systems gave his presentation on “The… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/real-time-delivery-inventory-visibility/

DOT Random Drug & Alcohol Testing

April’s article detailed the components of DOT pre-employment drug testing, so we know that a driver cannot begin operating a CDL-required vehicle until a verified negative test result has been received.
April’s article detailed the components of DOT pre-employment drug testing, so we know that a driver cannot begin operating a CDL-required vehicle until a verified negative test… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/dot-random-drug-alcohol-testing/

A Guide to DOT Pre-Employment Drug Testing

Although pre-employment drug testing for newly hired drivers is a relatively uncomplicated procedure, there are specific requirements that must be met.
Most hiring managers and business owners are aware that newly hired drivers “have to take a drug test.” And although pre-employment drug testing is a relatively uncomplicated… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/guide-dot-pre-employment-drug-testing/

Taking a Close Look at the IFTA

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is an agreement among every state in the continental United States that streamlines the fuel usage reporting requirements for motor carriers. Prior to IFTA, each state had its own fuel system, issuing permits to…
The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is an agreement among every state in the continental United States that streamlines the fuel usage reporting requirements for motor… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/taking-close-look-ifta/

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…
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… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/making-driverless-vehicles-safe/

Cargas Updates Mobile Delivery Solution

Cargas, of Lancaster, PA, a leading provider of mobile and back office software for fuel delivery and HVAC service companies, recently announced the launch of a new version of its mobile delivery software. Mobile Delivery is an application in the Cargas E…
Cargas, of Lancaster, PA, a leading provider of mobile and back office software for fuel delivery and HVAC service companies, recently announced the launch of a new version of its… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/cargas-updates-mobile-delivery-solution/

FMCSA Looks to Revise Training Requirements

In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published its Entry Level Driver Training proposal, which, if passed, will change the current training curriculum that entry-level drivers must complete.
In 2016, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published its Entry Level Driver Training proposal, which, if passed, will change the current training curriculum… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/fmcsa-looks-revise-training-requirements/

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.
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… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/otto-ubers-self-driving-big-rig-delivers/

Drug Test Results Can Take a Long Time

It is well known that many DOT-regulated businesses employing CDL drivers have a difficult time finding—and hanging on to—qualified drivers. Once a good candidate pops up, hiring managers are anxious to get their prospective employee in the driver’s seat.…
It is well known that many DOT-regulated businesses employing CDL drivers have a difficult time finding—and hanging on to—qualified drivers. Once a good candidate pops up, hiring… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/drug-test-results-can-take-long-time/

A Faster Terminal Is a Better Terminal

There’s no doubt that, as the years have passed and technology has advanced, our lives have sped up in so many areas. Cell phones and email have compressed communication intervals. The length of the current news cycle is now measured in minutes rather tha…
There’s no doubt that, as the years have passed and technology has advanced, our lives have sped up in so many areas. Cell phones and email have compressed communication… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/faster-terminal-better-terminal/

The VIP Treatment

When Kauffman Gas gets a new account, they aim to keep it. The Atglen, PA, propane company places top priority on reliable customer service and avoids problems at all costs, particularly fuel run-outs.
When Kauffman Gas gets a new account, they aim to keep it. The Atglen, PA, propane company places top priority on reliable customer service and avoids problems at all costs,… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/vip-treatment/

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…
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… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/new-frontiers-fuel-delivery/

Stay on Top of Vehicle Maintenance with Telematics

Maintaining a properly functioning fleet is a vital part of operations for companies in the oil and propane industries, and regular vehicle maintenance plays an important role in keeping vehicles running efficiently.
Maintaining a properly functioning fleet is a vital part of operations for companies in the oil and propane industries, and regular vehicle maintenance plays an important role in… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/stay-top-vehicle-maintenance-telematics/

‘Non-Negative’ Results Require Proper Handling

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 are required to have a Drug & Alcohol Testing Program in place.
As addressed in previous articles, all Department of Transportation (DOT)-regulated businesses that operate vehicles with a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating or Combination Weight… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/non-negative-results-require-proper-handling/

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…
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… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/fmcsa-audits-and-reviews-can-have-costly-consequences/

Inside the Electronic Logging Device Mandate

Many carriers and drivers in the transportation industry have expressed opposition to the ELD mandate, concerned about the devices affect on their operations.
The transportation industry has been buzzing about the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate for months now. Many carriers and drivers have expressed opposition to the mandate,… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/inside-electronic-logging-device-mandate/

Five Ways to Streamline Fuel Delivery With GPS

Across energy markets, businesses are modernizing fleet management with technology to ensure first-rate transportation. In many instances, oil and gas fleets are responsible for transporting millions of dollars’ worth of propane, heating oil and diesel to…
Across energy markets, businesses are modernizing fleet management with technology to ensure first-rate transportation. In many instances, oil and gas fleets are responsible for… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/five-ways-streamline-fuel-delivery-gps/

Heil Unveils Latest Trailer Builds Featuring Civacon’s COPS at WPMA

Civacon, part of OPW, is proud to announce that Heil Trailer International, Cleveland, TN, unveiled a new truck and trailer at the recent Western Petroleum Marketers Association’s (WPMA) National Convention & Convenience Store Expo in Las Vegas, NV, that …
Civacon, part of OPW, is proud to announce that Heil Trailer International, Cleveland, TN, unveiled a new truck and trailer at the recent Western Petroleum Marketers Association’s… https://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/heil-unveils-latest-trailer-builds-featuring-civacons-cops-wpma/

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