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Truck Drivers Join Fight Against Human Trafficking

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Wed, Jan 28, 2015

Truckers in the great state of Iowa are joining in the fight against human trafficking. A Cedar Rapids-based group is now working with the Iowa Department of Transportation and local truck drivers to identify this kind of criminal activity.

Human trafficking is the trade of human beings, often for sexual slavery or forced labor. Those targeted by traffickers are often shipped thousands of miles from home to engage in illicit activities. In essence, victims of human trafficking are slaves.

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ELD Gumbo - What We Learned in New Orleans

Posted by Stuart Wood on Tue, Jan 27, 2015

Last week we traveled down to New Orleans for the UMA Motorcoach EXPO and BigRoad’s first trade show of 2015.

The United Motorcoach Association is the largest association of professional bus and motorcoach companies in North America and it sure knows how to put on a great trade show. The UMA Motorcoach EXPO is run in conjunction with the NTA Convention. This combined event is a must for anyone involved with motorcoaches from body shops right through to regional tourism boards.

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Supporting More Trucks – BigRoad's Latest Updates

Posted by Stuart Wood on Fri, Jan 23, 2015

The latest Android release of BigRoad (4.0.12)  is now available from the Play Store. As always, please make sure you download the latest version to ensure you get the best possible experience from BigRoad.

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Carrier Revenues to "Grow Steadily" in 2015, Report Says

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Thu, Jan 22, 2015

A new report predicts that 2015 will be the United States freight industry's best year since 2007. Should the prediction prove accurate, it could bode very well for carriers but not quite so well for others.

The report, which is now available through auditing company Cass Information Systems, comes from industry expert Rosayln Wilson. Wilson, who writes the annual "State of Logistics Report," predicts that both volumes and carrier revenues will "grow steadily" this year, giving many commercial transportation firms bigger profit margins than they've seen in nearly a decade.

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Webinar: Hours of Service and Electronic Logging for Motorcoaches

Posted by Stuart Wood on Wed, Jan 21, 2015

Join us January 28th 2:00 - 3:00 pm

Register for the webinar Hours of Service and Electronic Logging for Motorcoaches

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Obama Administration Opens Border to Mexican Truck Drivers

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

The United States Department of Transportation has announced that Mexican truckers are now eligible to carry out lengthy journeys through the U.S. The decision is expected to garner criticism from American truckers who have fought the measure since the completion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) more than two decades ago.

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Introducing DashLink - Engine Connected Logs Made Easy

Posted by Stuart Wood on Thu, Jan 15, 2015

You may have heard about it from the rumor mill, or seen it during a rare public appearance, but now we are finally ready to let one of BigRoad’s worst kept secrets out of the bag.

We are excited to officially announce DashLink, BigRoad’s option for engine connected logs. DashLink works seamlessly with the existing BigRoad app and is electronic logging device (ELD) ready.

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Gap Between Diesel, Gas Prices Widening

Posted by Brandon Dimmel on Wed, Jan 14, 2015

With gas prices plummeting across North America, it's been a great start to 2015 for those of us who drive a gas-powered car or truck. But the drop in diesel prices has been far less significant -- a fact that has left many people in the trucking industry frustrated.

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Let the Good Times Roll! – BigRoad at the UMA Motorcoach EXPO 2015

Posted by Stuart Wood on Tue, Jan 13, 2015

It’s an early Mardi Gras for BigRoad as we head to N’awlins for the UMA Motorcoach EXPO. This year’s Expo is being held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in the fantastic city of New Orleans, Louisiana January 18-22.

The United Motorcoach Association is the largest industry association for motorcoach in North America. It is comprised of more than 900 privately-owned professional bus and motorcoach companies which are predominantly charter or tour operators.

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What Happens When the Touring Ends

Posted by Rick Smith on Wed, Jan 07, 2015

“Money, get away. Get a good job with good pay and you're okay.” ((c) Roger Waters/Pink Floyd)

So, what is the best part about driving in the music industry?

WINTERS OFF!!!

The majority of tours either come off the road by Mid December in preparation for the holidays, or head for warmer climes (South of the Equator) over the winter. This leaves the transportation side of the North American business and it's associated drivers with down time.

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