Fulton County, GA- Despite recent criticism over lack oversight, regulators for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration recently shut down a North Carolina1 truck company after an investigation revealed numerous safety violations. The company was ordered to close immediately as the federal agency stated they were an imminent hazard on the roads.
In an October inspection, regulators from the FMCSA found that the Moonlight Express trucking company failed to regularly inspect, maintain and repair their equipment as required by federal law.
The numerous violations of this trucking company are snapshot, there are many companies operating trucks that cannot meet federal standards. Safety regulations may seem like a burden on the trucking industry, but there are in place to keep motorists, including the truck driver, safe when they are on the roads.
One of the most assured ways to prevent truck accidents is to have experienced well-trained drivers who are capable of handling their vehicles in inclement weather and other dangerous situations. Trained drivers or drivers with a safe driving record can drastically reduce the number of seriousness of truck accidents.
In addition to the equipment violations, Moonlight Express was also cited for employing drivers who were not qualified. On numerous occasions the company allowed a driver with a suspended commercial driver s license to drive. Investigators also found that the company did not ensure their drivers followed out-of-service regulations aimed at reducing fatigued driving.2
The FMCSA also found that the company did not regularly conduct periodic drug testing on their drivers. Some drivers were allowed to drive prior to passing pre-employment drug and testing as federal law requires.
Any motorists who drink or use drugs before driving are at an increased risk of causing an injurious or deadly accident. When that motorist is driving a large and heavy truck, the ensuing damage and injuries will be even more severe.
We will continue to have zero tolerance for commercial truck and bus operators and their drivers who choose to ignore critical safety regulations that protect every traveler on our roadways, said Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne S. Ferro. Knowingly operating an unsafe vehicle or failing to comply with driver safety regulations puts the entire motoring public at risk.
This year the FMCSA has closed 11 trucking companies out of an estimated 1.5 million. While not all trucking companies operate like this one, it only takes one missed inspection or delayed repair to cause a dangerous accident.
Mechanical failures are the direct cause of a large number of truck accidents therefore trucking companies that fail to properly maintain their vehicles can be held liable for the accidental injuries and deaths. A truck accident attorney will be able to determine which parties, whether it is the truck driver, the trucking company or both are responsible for your injuries.
With the assistance of an attorney, truck accident victims can maximize the settlement amount they receive by presenting convincing evidence and expert testimony. If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial vehicle contact3 a truck accident attorney in your area.
The better you target your ads, the bigger the ROI. Spending money on an ad that isn t targeted is like playing the penny slots at a casino. Is it possible that you will make some money? Sure, but if you do the payoff will probably be small.
The secret to efficiently spending your marketing budget isn t really a secret at all.
If you are trying to market to the trucking industry, one of the best data sources you can find is RigDig Business Intelligence1. It doesn t matter if you sell after-market products to the trucking industry, provide a service to fleets, or even if you are just looking to target your marketing towards a specific type or size of fleet. Quality data can help your advertising dollars turn into revenue.
A fleet that has a truck sitting idle is losing $800 a day. If you provide a product or service that can help that fleet get their trucks on the road and keep them there, you can make a pretty convincing sales pitch. You know that there are fleets somewhere that can use your product to help improve their bottom line. The tricky part is approaching the right prospect at the right time with the right solution.
If you can get all these stars to align, suddenly your biggest problem will be finding a place to keep all of the money you are making.
Not every product or service for the trucking industry will be perfect for every size of fleet. Depending on your company s profit margins, it may not be worth your time to have your sales team tracking down leads for small orders. Keep in mind that just because you feel like your sales team has reached out to every large fleet in the country, doesn t mean they have.
There are roughly 2 million tractor trailers on the road in the US right now. If your aftermarket product isn t on all of them, you have work to do.
This seems obvious for truck dealers who are looking to reach fleets, but you would be amazed at the number of dealers who have never used a product like RigDig Business Intelligence2 to figure out what fleets prefer what brands. Yes, you might want to try to convince a fleet to switch from a certain brand of truck to the one that you sell, but data can help you as well. Look for fleets that are constantly spending money on repairs and pitch your brand as a more dependable alternative. Maybe your aftermarket product fixes a problem that certain brands of trucks struggle with.
Get creative, proper data can help you target prospects you never would have dreamed of reaching.
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This summer, General Motors (NYSE:GM1) was all about the launch of its highly anticipated next-generation pickups, the 2014 Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra. Recognizing that a recovering economy coupled with a recovering U.S. auto industry translated to more interested American buyers ready to drive the redesigned trucks, GM rolled out an expensive marketing campaign2 and encouraged dealers to tout the new vehicles many alluring features. The problem the automaker now faces, however, is that no one is willing to buy them.
According to Automotive News, dealers are complaining about flattened demand for the new Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra3, and they blame the vehicles high price tags for consumers lack of interest. Though the dealers recognizes the trucks merits, they insist that GM needs to offer more alluring offers that counteract competition from heavily discounted Ford (NYSE:F4) and Chrysler Ram trucks, but GM has so far refused.
That s because the U.S. automaker recognizes that it is selling new redesigned pickups while its competitors are in sell-down mode, meaning they re willing to highly discount their vehicles just to get them off the lots. The price of a popular Silverado model, for example, is $43, 005 after factoring in incentives, while the 2013 F-150 model is $40, 385, but GM execs maintain the position that this is a temporary period that will soon end, and GM spokesman Jim Cain explains, You don t ever want to let the oldest trucks in the market dictate strategy for the newest and best truck in the market.
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