Truck Driver Shortages

California Truck Insurance Agency

California Truck Insurance AgencyOur nations national disasters from hurricanes in the Gulf Region to floods in Texas have added to the already existing truck driver shortage problem in the U.S..  Additionally, the new hotly contested mandate for ELD that took effect in December of 2017 has further impacted this shortage.

Truck driver shortages likely means increased salaries and increased shipping costs for consumers and businesses. According to a report by the American Trucking Association, the driver shortage is expected to surpass 50,000 drivers and if the current trend holds, by 2026 the industry will be short 174,000 drivers. Taking into account driver turnover and retirements, this means that over the next decade almost 900,000 new drivers will be needed.

Truck driving is a rewarding profession with competitive pay and allows many owner-operators the freedom from the corporate world. It is also one of the most stable professions out there. If you’re considering becoming a truck driver and owning your own business, talk to one of our licensed agents about your interest & we can shop for truck insurance. We can help you understand the costs of running your business as well as finding out of this field is right for you.

ELD Mandate Device Compliance

Flatbed Truck Insurance Roseville, CA

In December of 2017 the mandate for ELD (Electronic Logging Devices) started. While many devices claimed to be compliant, how are you to know what devices are FMCSA certified and which ones are not? The FMCSA recently provided a checklist to consider before selecting a device for your truck.

Before you purchase an ELD, have the vendor confirm that it:

  • Provides separate accounts for drivers and administrative (non-driver) ELD users
  • Has “integral synchronization” with the engine control module to automatically record engine power status, vehicle motion status, and other data
  • Automatically records all driving time and at intervals of 60 minutes. Records date, time, location, engine hours, vehicle miles, and driver identification
  • Reduces location accuracy to a 10-mile radius when vehicle is used for authorized personal use
  • Records location with an accuracy of one-mile radius during on-duty driving periods
  • ELD time is synchronized with UTC (coordinated universal time)
  • Retains data for the current 24-hour period and the previous 7 consecutive days
  • Prevents tampering; does not allow anyone to alter or erase information originally collected for driver ELD records
  • Prevents tampering; does not allow anyone to alter or erase information originally collected for driver ELD records
  • Requires driver to review unidentified driver records – and either acknowledge assignment of this driving time, or indicate that the records do not belong to the driver
  • Allows a driver to obtain a copy of his/her ELD records on demand – either through a printout or electronic file
  • Supports one of two options for electronic data transfer:
    • Telematic Type: using wireless web services or email
    • Local Transfer Type: using USB 2.0 or Bluetooth
  • Displays all required standardized data to authorized safety officials on demand – through a screen display or printout that includes three elements: a daily header, graph grid showing driving duty status changes, and detailed daily log data. The graph grid, if printed, must be at least 6 inches by 1.5 inches
  • Requires driver certification and annotation (written explanation) for any edits to records that are made by the driver or any other ELD user
  • Volume control or mute option for any audio feature

*Information checklist provided by the USDOT

The new rules and regulations regarding the ELD devices can be confusing. If you have any questions about this device feel free to call and ask to speak with one of our commercial truck insurance specialists or request a quote on our website.

I’m Starting Out My Trucking Business. What type of Insurance Do I Need?

Truck Insurance for my new business in California

Truck Insurance for my new business in CaliforniaWhether you’re an owner-operator just staring out, or perhaps a towing operator you need great truck insurance coverage. Network Truck Insurance Services offers great options from some of the nation’s top truck insurance companies regardless of the type of trucking business you operate. Consider some of these great coverage options:

  • Truck General Liability – This coverage pays for injuries or property damage you cause as a result of business related activities not directly related to your truck.
  • Truck Cargo Insurance – Coverage for your freight from loss due to fire, collision or striking of a load.
  • Non-Trucking Liability – Covers you when you’re using your truck for non-trucking activities such as running to the grocery store or visiting friends.
  • Trailer Interchange – Coverage for trailers being pulled as part of a trailer interchange agreement.
  • Rental Reimbursement & Downtime Coverage – Covers the cost of renting a truck if yours is out of commission due to a covered loss.
  • Physical Damage Coverage – Coverage for your truck when involved in a collision, fire, theft or vandalism.
  • Mechanical Breakdown Coverage – Coverage to help cover costs associated with mechanical breakdown such as towing.
  • Many more! Visit our website to learn more about coverage options that may fit your needs.

Network Truck Insurance Services in Roseville, CA can insure your business regardless of where you live or where your business operates. We work with the top truck insurance carriers in the country to offer you unparalleled coverage and pricing options that fit your needs to ensure you can be safe on the road and that your trucking business stays afloat if you’re involved in a major accident.