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Racking Ideas For Your Vehicle

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 Jin Krijger (January 07, 2020)  Our vehicles are the primary tools that we use for our business and even personal use. For those looking to use their vehicles to their fullest potential, one of the greatest areas of interest are installing ute storage drawers for extra storage. As a craftsman, you will want to have as much space as possible and usable space to be efficient. When doing your design, you want to first .. (Trucks)

Expanding The Possibilities Of Your Ute

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 Mark Saw (October 09, 2019)  Driving a ute is unlike driving a car or other vehicle. For those that prefer a ute, the ability to haul large loads, travel over rough terrain and do it in comfort are what draw most to this type of vehicle. As we begin to use our vehicles however, it will soon become apparent that the need for some customisation is required. One of the first options that we may want to consider is to .. (Trucks)

Tesla’s All-Electric Semi

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 Alice Derrick (June 25, 2019)  Tesla plans to formally launch its all-electric heavy duty semi-truck sometime this year in 2019 and we may see it cruising down the freeway before we know it. Certain companies as Sysco, Anheuser, Busch, Wal-Mart, Loblaw, Deutsche Post/DHL and PepsiCo have already placed pre-orders on the truck. Tesla’s electric truck has four motors, up to a 500 mile driving range and some .. (Trucks)

Four Ways Truck Drivers Can Lose Weight

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 Alice Derrick (June 22, 2019)  Many truck drivers find themselves gaining unwanted weight due to the sedentary lifestyle of their work and lack of healthy food options on the road. Information from the National Institute of Health show that more than 50 percent of truck drivers are obese compared to the national rate of 26.7 percent. Weight gain can also contribute to problems such as diabetes, hypertension, and .. (Trucks)

Top Reasons GPS Technology Saves Fleet Managers Money

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 Alice Derrick (June 21, 2019)  It’s 2019 and time to make the final switch from AOBRD to ELD devices. whether GPS technology of ELD devices potentially help trucking companies save money? The answer is YES. Every year thousands of dollars is literally guzzled away in unnecessary idling, aggressive breaking, speeding, poor maintenance, and costly insurance premiums. The average operating cost for the trucking .. (Trucks)

Things Truck Drivers want other Drivers to know

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 Alice Derrick (June 20, 2019)  One of the immense dangers that truck drivers face on the road are passenger car drivers. Many times the small cars try to cutoff or follow the truck way more closely than they should. Any miscalculation on the part of any of the driver can result in fatal accidents. There are a few things passenger car drivers must keep in mind while driving along the trucks to ensure that the roads .. (Trucks)

Trailer Tracking – Important things to Remember

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 Alice Derrick (June 19, 2019)  Trailer tracking helps in finding the location of the trailer, even when it is not attached to the truck. With proper tracking system that includes tracking device, communication network, database and backend server support, and also user-friendly interface, trailer tracking can have several benefits. The GPS enabled cloud-based system provides location insights of movable and .. (Trucks)

Trailer tracking and Fleet Management

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 Alice Derrick (June 17, 2019)  Trailer tracking and fleet management are often mistaken to be the same thing, and the terms are used interchangeably. However, there is one huge difference between those two. Trailer tracking is a subdivision of a much wider system of fleet management. To understand this difference properly, let’s take a look at both of them separately: Trailer Tracking system is a combination of . (Trucks)

Fighting Driving Fatigue – Tips for Truck Drivers

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 Alice Derrick (June 14, 2019)  Driving a truck for lonely and longer routes can take a toll on physical and mental health of a driver. Truck driving profession is not one of the healthiest – irregular sleep routine, lack of exercise, greasy food at rest stops, and being away from family – make it difficult for a driver. Here are a few tips to extend your career as a truck driver, while staying healthy and safe. .. (Trucks)

IFTA Calculation through ELD and Fleet Management

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 Alice Derrick (June 12, 2019)  IFTA is a fuel tax agreement among 48 U. S. states and 10 Canadian Provinces to centralize reporting and levy of taxes under a single license. Before IFTA, truck drivers and operators were required to pay fuel tax separately to all state they travelled. It might seem that calculating fuel tax for interjurisdictional travel according to the rules of every state is an annoying task. With . (Trucks)

New bill proposal for 18 year-olds to obtain Interstate CDLs

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 Linda Sara Jones (June 11, 2019)  A new bill was just introduced into the US Senate this May 2019, which would allow 18-year-olds to obtain an interstate CDL (commercial driver’s license)to drive trucks across state lines. While some states currently allow 18-year-olds to qualify for a CDL to drive trucks intrastate (within state boarders), federal law currently prohibits them from crossing state lines until they .. (Trucks)

MA 1080 – Telematics wonder by Matrack

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 Alice Derrick (June 10, 2019)  For over a decade, Matrack Incorporation has been dedicatedly designing tracking and fleet management devices to support fleet owners, managers and drivers, all over the country. They are known in the industry for sophisticated and simple user interface, our round-the-clock service, and cost-effectiveness. The devices are simple to install, and the corresponding application can be .. (Trucks)

Find Out About The Different Types of Storage Drawers

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 Jin Krijger (June 07, 2019)  Everyone who uses a ute or van eventually gets to the point where they bring their work into their vehicle. If you are a businessperson, then you’ve probably got papers and presentations and other things cluttering up the seats. If you’re a tradie, add in tools to the mess. But what if you need something that’s underneath all that stuff? Instead of climbing around the .. (Trucks)

Sleep Apnea and Truck Driving

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 Linda Sara Jones (June 06, 2019)  According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million American adults have sleep apnea. The American Sleep Association reports that, “Among the estimated 1.7 to 3.9 million active U. S.commercial drivers, 17% to 28% or 0.29–1.1 million are expected to have OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) based on prevalence studies conducted within the trucking industry. It is estimated .. (Trucks)

Trailer and Construction Equipment Theft; Statistics and Prevention

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 Linda Sara Jones (June 03, 2019)  Auto, trailer, and construction equipment theft is a growing problem all over the world; and the United States is no exception. In fact, one motor vehicle theft (including automobiles, trucks, buses, motorcycles, scooters, snowmobiles and other vehicles) was reported every 40.9 seconds in the United States in 2017. About $6 billion total was lost to motor vehicle theft in 2017. .. (Trucks)

How to reduce Driver Detention?

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 Alice Derrick (June 03, 2019)  Driver detention refers to extra time a driver has to spend while goods are being loaded or unloaded, over the allowed 2-hour limit. The delay could guide to several problems such as: 1. Running out of legal 14-hour driving limit, affecting the delivery time. 2. Driver can be pressurized to speed up to make up for lost time, leading to magnified chances of accidents and other safety .. (Trucks)

Speed Limiter Rule for Truckers

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 31, 2019)  Since 2016 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) have been working on getting a rule passed regarding the mandatory installation of speed limiters for commercial trucks. While the rule has been outlined, the top speed options have varied between 60, 65, and 68. The rule however seemed to have sputtered out .. (Trucks)

BMW i3 and BMW i3s All Electric Car Models

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 31, 2019)  The German car company, BMW, known for producing luxury cars, also has some electric cars out on the market. The most recent models of BMW i3, and BMW i3s are all-electric luxury SUVs with a compact 5-seater, designed primarily for urban and suburban traveling. Both models have an enhanced 120Ah battery, which provides an all-electric range of up to almost 160 miles. Both the BMW i3 and . (Trucks)

Transition from AOBRD to ELD

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 Alice Derrick (May 31, 2019)  Prior to ELD mandate, many fleets used an Automatic On-Board Recording Device or AOBRD. These AOBRD are hardware equipments that can be directly connected to the vehicle’s engine, and are used to document a driver’s Hours-of-Service, in compliance with DOT. According to FMCSA’s new instruction, fleets that use AOBRD have to ensure that the devices are updated with .. (Trucks)

FMCSA reduces cost for truckers to upgrade from Class B CDL to Class A

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 30, 2019)  In March of this year the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) announced a final rule which makes it easier and reduces the costs for truckers to upgrade from a Class B to a Class A CDL (commercial driver’s license. ) The previous rule required the same level of theory training for individuals obtaining a CDL for the first time as for those drivers who just wanted .. (Trucks)

3 Ways for Fleet Managers to Keep Drivers Happy

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 29, 2019)  Truck driver shortages are on the rise and there is no end to it in sight. It’s expected that the truck driver storage may even triple by 2026. The truck driver turn-over rate with large carriers (those with more than $27 million in annual revenue) went up in the second quarter of 2018, rising 4 percentage points to an annualized rate of 98%. So how exactly can fleet managers keep . (Trucks)

The ELD Mandate Pros and Cons

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 29, 2019)  What is the ELD Mandate? The ELD mandate was congressionally mandated as part of the MAP-21 in 2012 by the United States Congress. The MAP-21, “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” bill, outlined the criteria for highway funding and included a provision requiring the FMCSA (Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration) to develop a rule mandating the use of .. (Trucks)

Packing List for a New Truck Driver

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 Alice Derrick (May 29, 2019)  Now that you have your CDL, you must be pretty delighted to get on the road. One of the most essential things about life as a truck driver is packing for the journey. You never know what you would need. But just for that reason, you cannot gather your entire belongings. You just need to pack the right things. Matrack incorporation presents you with the ultimate packing list, which .. (Trucks)

HOS and Discontentment in Trucking Industry

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 28, 2019)  The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, under the United States Department of Transport, regulates the hours of service for interstate commercial motor carriers. The rules for commercial commodity transport carriers are as follows 14-Hour Driving Window: A driver, who has taken consecutive 10-hour off duty, is allowed a driving window of the next consecutive 14 hours. 11-Hour .. (Trucks)

Insurance Regulations for Transport Vehicles

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 28, 2019)  There are certain simple requirements laid down by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regarding insurance requirements for transport vehicles. To get an Operating Authority (MC number), carriers are required to have public liability insurance, which includes coverage for property damage as well as bodily injury. Public Liability Insurance: This is one of the most important .. (Trucks)

U.S. Carriers Subject to Canada’s Carbon Tax

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 28, 2019)  As of April 1st, 2019, 4 Canadian provinces, (Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and New Brunswick), are now subject to the Canadian federal carbon pricing system, which was announced last fall. Beginning July 1st, 2019, the provinces of Nunavut and Yukon will also be added to this list. Non-Canadian carriers operating in any of those provinces will be subject to the fuel surcharge, need .. (Trucks)

Non-Preventable Crashes and CSA score

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 28, 2019)  The Crash Preventability Demonstration Program which was introduced in July, 2015 by FMCSA may be made permanent from August 2019. This will change the CSA scoring system. After the program has successfully run for two-years, it is now a possibility that it will be made permanent. This will mean that in cases of unavoidable crashes, where the truck driver is not at fault, will be deemed . (Trucks)

FMCSA Alcohol Regulations for Truck Drivers

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 28, 2019)  Navigating a 40 ton 18 wheeler through traffic and down the road is a big responsibility. That’s why the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has tight laws when it comes to alcohol use for truckers, both before, and during hours of service. It’s crucial that truckers stay up to date and obey current regulations for their own safety as well as that of others. Also, .. (Trucks)

How has ELD affected Road Safety?

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 28, 2019)  It has been more than a year that the ELD mandate was introduced and implemented. While for U. S. Department of Transport, Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs) are a way to properly execute the rules of Hours of Service (HOS), many others believe that the devices would help in improving road safety. Governing authorities like the National Transportation Safety Board supported the mandate .. (Trucks)

Top Reasons ELD Compliance Saves Money

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 27, 2019)  We all know that being compliant with the ELD mandate is something that is on every trucking company’s mind. As the saying goes, “time flies” and the December 16, 2019 deadline will be here before we know it. While many might fear that installing ELD devices in their trucks will mean a big cut in their budget, in reality ELD device installation may actually save .. (Trucks)

Act Fast To Protect Your Assets

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 27, 2019)  According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau, there are around 5000 boat thefts per year. The Boat Owners Association of the United States (Boats US) notes that thefts are always one of the top 10 insurance claims and often– are total losses. As for motorcycles, the National Crime Bureau reports 1 motorcycle is stolen every 11 minutes across the country and only 30% of them are .. (Trucks)

America’s Truck Driver Crisis

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 27, 2019)  Without truck drivers, shelves in the grocery store would run empty, clothes would begin to disappear from display racks in department stores, and convenient online shopping would cease to exist. Have any of us thought of the important role that truck driving plays in each and every one of our lives? It’s an essential profession to ensure the timely transportation of goods and .. (Trucks)

Things to know before choosing the trucking career

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 27, 2019)  Trucking, like any other profession, has its fair share of challenges. Some experienced truckers may even call it a lifestyle and not just a profession. Although, you will be provided training and education, but what you need most to succeed at this job is your own determination. Stress is included in the job description: As much as you enjoy driving, being alone on the long journey, .. (Trucks)

Ensuring the safety of your car rental fleet

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 27, 2019)  As a car rental service provider, the safety of your vehicle, the client and your driver becomes your responsibility. Whether you offer chauffeur driven cars or self –driving rental facility, it is important that you ensure that the vehicle is properly maintained, the client and driver understand the safety protocol and insurance requirements, and are experienced drivers. Here are a .. (Trucks)

The Truck Drivers of the Future - Millennials

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 Alice Derrick (May 27, 2019)  Everyone in the trucking industry knows that the demand for drivers is on the constant rise. A 2017 report by the American Trucking Association revealed that the industry wants to hire almost an additional 900,000 more drivers to meet rising demand. Statistics show that a large percentage of current truck drivers are over 50 years old or more. The matter is that older, more qualified .. (Trucks)

Mental Well-Being tips for Truck Drivers

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 27, 2019)  Trucking is a profession that calls for 18-20 hours of work in one day. Sometimes, drivers have to spend weeks and even months out on the road. The monotony of driving through the road all alone often makes the journey depressing. It is important for the drivers to try to find a healthy balance of work in order to maintain overall well-being. Here are a few tips that can help truck .. (Trucks)

Combating Cargo Theft – A Checklist for Truck Drivers

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 Alice Derrick (May 25, 2019)  One of the biggest challenges that even practiced truck drivers come across is theft of cargo. When on the road, they are under continuous threat from burglars and armed robbers. Most cargo thefts occur during pit stops and breaks, where a passerby might make use of the opportunity for some quick bucks. The truck drivers have to be extremely careful and vigilant to safeguard their .. (Trucks)

Tips to save money On the Road!

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 23, 2019)  As a truck driver on the road, most of your money is spent on toiletries, food and other necessities. Also, most rest stops and convenience stores in these stops charge more for these items. These extra expenses may seem little for one trip, but over time these amount to a lot more than you intended to spend. There are ways through which you can save money on each trip. To know more, .. (Trucks)

Fleet Management Benefits – light-duty vehicle fleets

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 23, 2019)  Since the advent of various technological advances in the field of GPS, telematics, and other tracking devices and applications, fleet managers have been able to increase the business efficiency. With vast flow of relevant and authentic data, fleet managers, operators, and owners have been able to maximize utilization of all assets and achieve greater ROI. Most trucking companies have .. (Trucks)

Features of Matrack’s ELD Device Platform

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 23, 2019)  It’s the final countdown to make the switch from AOBRD to ELD devices. Matrack knows what matters most for fleet managers and drivers. That’s why we have devised an easy-to-install, easy-to-use ELD compliant device with features to meet all of your needs. Matrack’s ELD device will help you improve safety and become more efficient and profitable. Let’s take a look . (Trucks)

ELD and The Benefits of Choosing MaTrack

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 Linda Sara Jones (May 22, 2019)  The last chance to make the switch to ELD compliant devices is knocking at our door. The final deadline to be ELD compliant is less than a year away and it’s crucial to allow time both for device installation into your trucks and also for drivers to familiarize themselves with the new devices before the actual deadline hits. Matrack knows what matters most for fleet managers and .. (Trucks)

Trucks Park Here-Looking For a Parking Space?

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 Sharath Madanan Geetha (May 02, 2019)  Trucks Park Here-Looking For a Parking Space? Finding an authorized and safe place to park your 18-wheeler has always been a challenge in the trucking industry, especially with the ever increasing amount of semis on the roads. Now with the HOS regulation being enforced by the ELD mandate, truckers are finding it even harder to find an adequate place to park. The American Transport .. (Trucks)

Trucking with Four-legged Friends

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 Sharath Madanan Geetha (May 02, 2019)  Trucking with Four-legged Friends At times, the life of trucking can be synonymous with boredom and isolation, especially for long-haul drivers who go weeks and even months without seeing their friends and family. Spending so much time in isolation on the road can cause truck drivers to become depressed and lonely. A great way for truck drivers to feel happier and more enthusiastic .. (Trucks)

Storage Systems for Utes and Vans

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 Edmund Brunetti (March 04, 2019)  No matter which vehicle you drive, you are going to need storage. If you are a tradie with a work ute or a parent with several kids, then you probably recognise this feeling. The constant itching and nagging in the back of your mind as you get in the vehicle and get ready for the day. Do you have everything you need? Did you leave anything in the house? Can you spare the time to run .. (Trucks)

Buyer’s Guide for Ute Drawers

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 Edmund Brunetti (December 04, 2018)  If you own a utility vehicle, van or 4WD that you are using for work, you are probably keeping a number of tools and other possessions in there. It is a sensible decision, as part of the usefulness of such vehicles is that you can store so much in them. But storing items in a haphazard way can create more problems. It means that you are using space inefficiently. And instead of having .. (Trucks)

Part 2 of the Managing Fuel Costs Guide for Owner Operators

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 Desiree Michels (May 03, 2018)  In my last article, ‘The Owner Operators’ Guide to Managing Fuel Costs: Part 1’, I discussed two methods of buying fuel for those engaged in haulage jobs. The first, bulk buying, had various potentially difficult issues attached, including cash flow and environmental and security concerns. The second option, Fuel Cards, had monitoring issues, as well as fees payable to . (Trucks)

The Owner Operators’ Guide to Managing Fuel Costs: Part 1

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 Desiree Michels (May 03, 2018)  As all owner operators will know, fuel costs are a constant concern – whether you’re just starting out or whether you’re an old hand at haulage. Jobs both big and small need fuel, and that costs money. However, owner operators don’t have the same options as big companies when it comes to fuel. When you’re buying for huge fleets, you are more likely to .. (Trucks)

Telematics & Emissions: The Green Approach to Haulage Work

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 Desiree Michels (May 01, 2018)  Telematics are becoming a crucial weapon of fleet management in an increasingly competitive and regulated business environment. As the EU and other domestic and international bodies seek to target emissions in haulage work over the coming years, telematics can significantly strengthen businesses’ ability to analyse their fleets and innovate their practices towards more efficient .. (Trucks)

5 Ways to Protect Your Palletised Freight

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 Desiree Michels (May 01, 2018)  Making sure that freight remains undamaged and in pristine, original condition is the most essential operating target of palletised delivery work. If cargo is lost or damaged, it can lead to large future costs due to missed deadlines and sometimes even staff insurance claims. That is why pallet transport companies with the best reputations protect their freight in these five key ways, .. (Trucks)

5 Steps to Technological Success for Your Haulage Company

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 Desiree Michels (May 01, 2018)  Every haulage company must invest in technology if they wish to survive in the present and prosper in the future. When making decisions on which technology to leverage, or whether or not to take on cutting-edge technological solutions and processes, haulage companies must assess the current state of the business and make decisions based on the needs of current and future customers. Only . (Trucks)




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