State Certifications for Pilot Cars & Escort Vehicles.



2021 State Certifications for Pilot Cars & Escort Vehicles. Which states require pilot car certification?

Some states require pilot car and escort vehicle drivers to be certified operators before operating within their jurisdictions. If you are considering operating a oversize load truck escorting service you will be required to have certain “certifications” in each of the following states. For details on each of the states requirements as of 2021 this is a great place to start your research.

Oversize load.

Typical oversize load that does not require a pilot car vehicle. However, shipments slightly wider may required a pilot car in some locations.

Arizona – Colorado – Florida – Georgia – Louisiana – Minnesota – Nevada – New Mexico – New York – Oklahoma – Virginia – Washington

The American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASTO) in conjunction with the United States Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration released the National Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices,  specifically chapter 6(F) which applies to pilot cars and escort vehicles (also see; pilot car_and escort_best_practices_guidelines). Any escort vehicle or pilot car vehicle shall carry the following equipment items at all times when escorting a over dimensional, heavy haul or otherwise extra-legal shipment.

1. One two-way electronic communication device which enables the pilot car or escort to communicate directly with the driver of the extralegal shipment.
2. One 105 pound fire extinguisher or to 5 pound fire extinguishers.
3. One stop go paddle sign reflective for night movement no less than 18 inches across or tall with letters no less than 6 inches in height.
4. One night reflective safety orange vest shirt or jacket.
5. One handheld red flag no less than 18 inches square.
6. To oversize load banners that are yellow with black lettering (no minimum size specified. See below or state laws for state(s) working in.
7. One hardhat.
8. Three reflective triangles or 18 inch traffic cones.

We do strongly suggest any individual or company operating as a pilot car or escort vehicle be outfitted with the minimum requirements. For your convenience see the list below, or you may visit our pages on “Starting a new pilot car company“.

The basics:

  • 1 professional mileage book with room for notations and 1 journal book. Keep good logs and summary daily.
  • 5 – 36″ orange road cones with two strips of safety reflective tape at the top.
  • 5 – 12″ orange road cones (day use) with at least one safety reflective strip at top just in case (night use).
  • 1 – safety colored yellow or orange reflective safety jacket and 2 reflective safety vests.
  • 8 roadside reflective triangles no less than 16″ tall.
  • 1 dozen up to date flammable safety road flares. Write expire date in your journal book for later reference.
  • 4 red safety colored flags no less than 18″ square on 1/2″ wooden dowels.
  • 2 yellow signs reading “Oversize Load” no less than 12″ tall x 5′ wide with lettering 10″ tall and 1 5/8″ thick.
  • 1 – 2-way radio. We suggest a high quality CB radio with very high quality antenna.
  • 2 fire extinguishers. 1 – 2.5 lb and 1 – 5 lb dry chemical type or higher rating.
  • 1 safety colored red or fluorescent hard hat with reflective safety tape.
  • 1 very good all inclusive first aid kit. The more you spend the better. Familiarize yourself with everything.
  • Stop/Slow safety paddle sign no less that 24″ the same shape as a stop sign with a 5′ handle.
  • 2 flashlights that run on a minimum of 2 DC batteries with extra batteries.
  • 1 heavy duty set of jumper cables. The best pair you can buy.
  • 1 jump box with charge meter indicating level of charge. A jump box is an external battery used for starting vehicles.
  • Chains for all 4 wheels of your vehicle for snow covered passes or iced roads.
  • 2 two way radios fully charged with 2 fully charged batteries.
  • 1 GPS with good up to date quality mapping software that allows you to create way-points and also a good USA road atlas.

If you approach a state such as Louisiana, New Mexico or Utah which require pilot cars to stop and pay for a inspection at the port or entry (prior to leading or chasing a load) and you don’t have the minimum tools listed above, wave goodbye to your money and the permit as you’ll be denied and rightly so.  A pilot cars primary duty is to ensure the safety of the motorists. If you don’t have the basic tools required then you’re not deemed safe to operate in the capacity of a pilot car.  Below we will cover the specific details required by pilot car companies in order to become certified in the states that have certification requirements.

Details of State Certifications required for Pilot Cars. Which states require pilot car certification?

Some states may not have a state endorsed certification program. We noted recently we could not locate one in NM. If you’re having trouble locating one check in one of your neighboring states. Community colleges are a excellent place to start as it’s much cheaper than private certification. Also note whatever class you take is only going to teach you the requirements required by that particular state.

Oversize firetruck being shipped.

Firetruck being shipped with signs and flags.

If you are researching and looking for a list of the states that require specific pilot car certifications you have found it.  Below is the list of each state requiring special certification for pilot cars and escort vehicles as well as some details about the type of certifications that are required, where to obtain them, fees, etc. Please feel free to add any comments to share with others at the bottom of this page.

    1. Arizona.

      The state of Arizona does not observe daylight savings time. Arizona pilot car certification: the state of Arizona says that pilot car companies or escort vehicles must maintain a certificate of certification that verifies the pilot car and operator successfully completed a Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) program. Arizona does recognize equivalency programs completed in other states however the pilot car or escort vehicle operator must file an application in order to operate within Arizona State jurisdictions. For more information contact the Arizona motor vehicles division at phone number: 602-771-2960 located at 1225 N. 25th Ave., Phoenix, AR 85009. Office hours are from 8 AM until 5 PM mountain time Monday through Friday. You can read more about the Arizona pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    2. Colorado.

      The state of Colorado requires that pilot car or escort company operators have a Colorado State Certification card when working with in the Colorado state jurisdiction. Colorado does recognize certificates received from other states such as Florida, Oklahoma, Washington or Utah as well as the SC&RA. If you do not have any other state certificate endorsements you may contact RSA Network, Inc. by phone at: 801–838–8199 to inquire about testing for your Colorado State Certification. For more information about Colorado regulations, requirements, permits, etc. visit our regulations pages.

    3. Florida.

      The state of Florida requires that pilot car or escort companies operators have to have Florida State certification or FDOT authorization. The state of Florida does recognize programs completed bike pilot car drivers from the following states: Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin. In order to legally operate in the capacity of a pilot car or escort vehicle driver/company, you must obtain a certificate of completion by the Florida Department of Transportation pilot/escort training class. This class is offered by the Florida technology transfer Center. Inquiries by phone: 352-392-2371 or e-mail: 12assist@ce.ufl.edu. One portion of the Florida State Law requires successful completion of a National Safety Council 8 hour defensive driving course qualified by the state of Florida (or equivalent) by one of the above listed states as the same. So if you have already completed a similar course your credit may be transferable. Re-qualification is required every 4 years and this can also be done by contacting the University of Florida, PO Box 116587  Gainesville, FL  32611-6587.  You can read more about the Florida pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    4. Georgia.

      The state of Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) requires pilot car or escort company operators to complete the Certified Escort Vehicle Program. In addition to this you are required to have a “amber light permit” when operating a pilot car or escort vehicle within Georgia state lines. If you obtain a “amber light permit” AND have completed a pilot car and/or escort vehicle certification program through any of the following states: Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Utah or Arizona you will more than likely be approved with proof of completion. The Georgia DOT also reciprocates directly with North Carolina, Florida and Oklahoma pilot car certification programs. If you have any questions for the Georgia Oversize Permit Unit you may contact them directly by phone: 888-262-8306.  You can also read more about the Georgia state pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    5. Louisiana.

      All escort and pilot car operators who wish to travel through or work in the state of Louisiana are required to obtain a Louisiana Approved Escort Vehicle Permit. Escort vehicle operators and pilot car company operators can obtain a Louisiana state escort vehicle permit at Louisiana weigh stations. These permits can also be obtained online at www.dotd.la.gov. Look for the quick links section on the right-hand side of the webpage and click on truck permits. Once you’ve reached the permitting electronic routing bridge analysis selection then select submit application for annual permits and will get a list of annual permits on that page. The escort and pilot car vehicle permit portion will give you two options for submitting the application. You can submit it online or print the PDF form and fax the completed application to the truck permit office at: 225-377-7154. Any questions you may have pertaining to escort vehicle and/or pilot car driving permits and be addressed by calling: 800-654-1433 or 225-434-2345 and selecting option 1. You can also read more about the Lousiana state pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    6. Minnesota.

      All escort vehicle and pilot car operators who wish to travel or work in the state of Minnesota are required to be certified. The good old state of Minnesota has two different types of escorts. Civilian escorts and peace officers. Learn the difference between the two. The state of Minnesota recognizes escort vehicle and pilot car operator certifications from the following states Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington state. Currently Minnesota requires drivers of pilot cars and escort vehicles to hold a current Minnesota State patrol certification. When working within this state all pilot car companies and escort vehicle operators must travel with a copy of their certification. If you are a escort vehicle or pilot car operator with certification already in the state of Colorado Florida North Carolina Oklahoma Utah or Washington you will be allowed to escort over dimensional loads within the state of Minnesota however you must have Minnesota insurance for the vehicle the driver the signage delighting and all safety equipment requirements must be met. For more information you can contact Erik Gohl at: 952-995-1346 fax: 952-995-1331 or visit their website:  www.hennepintech.edu/cts/pages/1233 who is the pilot car and escort driver class administrator at Hennepin Technical College,  customized training services located at: 13100 College View Dr., Eden Prairie, MN 55347. You can also read more about the Minnesota state pilot car regulations, requirements and permits on our regulations page.

    7. Nevada.

      All pilot car operators and escort vehicles who wish to work in the state of Nevada must be certified and also obtain a amber light permit. At the time of this writing (May 16, 2018) the state of Nevada Department of Transportation does not have any particular specific certification program for pilot cars. However they do have in place a rather lengthy amber light law. We would strongly suggest that anyone considering escorting loads through the state of Nevada obtain certification in another state with stringent laws such as Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Utah, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida or Oklahoma. You will still need a amber light permit to operate a escort vehicle or pilot car with in Nevada state jurisdiction. The amber light law basically states that it is unlawful for any person to mount a flashing amber warning light on the top of the vehicle without a permit from the Nevada Highway Patrol. The Nevada Highway Patrol will issue a permit to mount amber flashing lights on a vehicle upon written request. We suggest that readers such as yourself read our regulations page for the state of Nevada in order to research amber light specs such as how many times it flashes per minute and the distance its visible from. In addition to the amber light law if you anticipate stopping or slowing traffic you must comply to the stringent laws of Nevada state flagman. If it is necessary to warrant approaching traffic, each flagman must be wearing a solid florescent yellow or green material jacket or vest and equipped with a red flag and paddle readings stop in white letters with a red background. The sign must be a standard 18 inch two-sided stop and slow sign and be attached to a 5 foot pole. For further clarification on other items required please see our regulations page for trucks pilot cars and escort vehicles operating within Nevada state jurisdiction.

    8. New Mexico.

      All pilot car and escort vehicle operators working with in the state of New Mexico need to be inspected at the port of entry for a New Mexico certification inspection. You are required to approach the port of entry before any load you may be escorting reaches any scale house upon entry. Once pilot car or escort vehicle operators pull into the New Mexico port of entry you are subject to inspection. The officer conducting the inspection will require you to have two amber lights, oversize escort signs, a two-way radio, fire extinguisher, to outside rear view mirrors, the condition of the tires, three red flares and or reflectors, oversize escort signs and to florescent orange or red flags 12 inch in size or larger as well as a safety jacket and/or vest with a hardhat. The vehicle requirements are a minimum of 100 inch wheelbase, vehicle maximum capacity of 1 1/2 tons, a valid current drivers license and the terms of your insurance policy. Basically, you can expect a full on roadside intensive and thorough review of your vehicle and its equipment. For specific clarifications on vehicle specifications escort vehicle and pilot car operators should refer to our New Mexico state regulations page.

    9. New York.

      All pilot car and escort vehicle operators who intend to work within the state of New York must be New York State certified. To be certified as a escort or pilot car driver it is mandatory for all drivers as well as any persons acting as a flag person who intend on escorting oversize loads on the roads and highways within the state of New York regardless of where they reside obtain New York state certification. From the best of our knowledge no previous certification programs you may have completed will be accepted, credited or otherwise considered. For a list of New York Department of motor vehicle testing locations call 518-486-9748. For more information on getting certified or obtaining the New York certification manual you can call 418-457-1155 or 800-783-1685. We suggest also reading our New York state pilot car regulations, requirements, permits, etc. on our regulations pages.

    10. Oklahoma.

      All escort vehicles and pilot car operators who intend on working within the state of Oklahoma must be Oklahoma certified. The state of Oklahoma Department of Public Safety does recognize certifications and other states that do have a reciprocal agreement with the state of Oklahoma however if the operator of the pilot car or escort vehicle is a Oklahoma State resident they must have Oklahoma certification. The first order of business when operating a pilot car or escort vehicle within the state of Oklahoma is the certificate of insurance. Escort vehicle and pilot car vehicle operators must provide not less than $1 million of combined single limit or per occurrence or both of commercial liability coverage. Your insurance policy must protect the public against loss of life, bodily injury to persons and damage to property or bowls as a result of operating a escort vehicle or pilot car, or of the actions of the escort or pilot car vehicle operator or both. The state of Oklahoma will need to be listed as a certificate holder on your insurance certificate. In order to obtain your certificate from the department of public safety you will be required to take the course and the examination offered by the Oklahoma State University, phone 405-744-6049. The term of this certificate shall be for a maximum period of five years and will expire automatically after the date it was issued you can obtain more information on the certification training program by visiting: www.clgtokstate.com/escort.htm  or for more information about pilot car and escort vehicle specifications please visit our Oklahoma state regulations page.

    11. Utah.

      All pilot car operators and escort vehicle drivers who intend on operating within the state of Utah must be certified and inspected at the Utah Port of Entry. Pilot car and escort vehicle operators who wish to obtain a authorized certification card may do so by participating in a authorized qualified certification program. A list of authorized instructors can be obtained by calling 801-965-4892. Pilot car and escort company drivers that live outside of Utah may operate as a certified pilot car or escort driver with another State certification credentials provided that the course meets the minimum requirements outlined in the Utah pilot car and escort vehicle training manual the department may decide to enter into a reciprocal agreement with other states provided these other states can demonstrate that their course materials are comprehensive and meet the minimum requirements outlined by the Utah Department of Transportation. Such agreements already exist with the Utah Department of Transportation recognizing the states of Washington, North Carolina, Colorado, Oklahoma and the state of Florida. Any pilot car or escort driver certifications expires four years from the date the certificate was issued and it is is the responsibility of the driver to maintain current certification as well as a minimum amount of insurance coverage of $750,000 for liability insurance. Upon entering the jurisdiction within the state of Utah it is strongly advised that you have a certificate of completion that is valid and current with any of the above mentioned states. You are required to stop at the port of entry when entering Utah state jurisdiction. For more detailed information about Utah state pilot car and escort vehicle requirements please visit our regulations page.

    12. Virginia.

      The state of Virginia does require that all pilot car and escort vehicle operators be certified prior to performing the duties of a oversize or overweight load pilot or escort vehicle operator within the Virginia state jurisdiction. The state or Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does recognize certification programs completed by applicants from the following states: Florida, Georgia, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Utah and Washington however you must still apply for escort/pilot car operator  certification from the Virginia DMV. It is important for pilot car and escort vehicle operators to be aware they are required to carry their certification document from the state of Virginia with them while escorting any type of oversize or overweight vehicle configurations. You must have a valid drivers license as well. If you are requested by law enforcement or the Department of Transportation enforcement officials you must provide them with certificate program completion documentation. Failure to do so while escorting or piloting in oversize configuration will cause the shipment to be delayed until the appropriate documents are in place or another company with documentation replaces you. For more detailed information about Virginia state pilot car and escort vehicle requirements please visit our regulations page.

    13. Washington.

      2020 State Certifications for Pilot Cars & Escort Vehicles update is the state of Washington. You must be WA state certified in able to operate. The state of Washington Department of Transportation does require pilot car and escort vehicle operators to be certified by them. They recognize programs and certificates from the states of Utah, Florida, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Colorado however pilot car and escort vehicle operators who desire to operate withing the state of Washington’s jurisdiction must be issued a official Washington state certificate. You can contact pilot/escort, flagging instructor Michael Blackman at: 509-684-7632 or contact the Washington state Pilot Escort official Jim Wright at: 360-704-6345 or you may visit the official state information page at: www.wsdot.wa.gov/commercialvehicle/ If you would like more detailed information about Washington state regulations, requirements, permits, etc visit our regulations page.

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Pilot cars or escort vehicles will be required to move a shipment of this size. Some states may require special certification.

State requirements for pilot cars and escort vehicles change from time to time.

It should be noted that state requirements for pilot cars and escort vehicles do change from time to time. The purpose of this page is to provide you with updated information that includes the rules and regulations of the states that do require pilot car drivers and escort vehicle drivers to have special certifications. It should be noted this page was written as a basic guide for pilot car companies and escort vehicle operators to use when researching which states do require certification. We strongly suggest if you are considering operating and any state under the capacity of a pilot car or escort that each state you intend on working in be contacted directly by you before entering that state. Also, in addition to state certifications and requirements always refer to the instructions on the actual permit issued from the state for that particular over dimensional or heavy haul load. The permit should list all responsibilities and detail as well as clarify any additional questions you may have during transit. In closing, remember as a escort vehicle driver or pilot car operator your number one job is public safety.

See also:

How to start a pilot car company.
Pilot car regulations.
Pilot car directory.
Heavy-haul/oversize trucking quotes.

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The 2021 oversize and heavy-haul trucking season.

This content has been modified since its original publish date. We distinctly recall writing it and see from the number of inquiries it has been very helpful to others. With the current health concerns involving COVID-19, our network is looking at a large increase in freight volumes. Our team will continue to update this information in the future. Please leave comments for other viewers.

The 2021 heavy-haul & oversize trucking season is here!

It looks like the 2021 heavy-haul and oversize trucking season is beginning to start. While freight volumes are still on the low side due to the winter months we can tell by the consistency of loads being posted that the season will move in high volume very shortly. This won’t come soon enough for many companies as the 2020 heavy-haul & oversize trucking season was very short-lived with freight volumes low. Economic indicators for 2021 look fair as the wind power industry continues forward with its continual expansion. That’s not to say it’s time to go trailer shopping just yet but it does look like we should have a bumper year. While the heavy-haul trucking industry certainly needs a boost, the oversize trucking industry needs it terribly bad with so many other companies dependent upon oversize freight in order to operate. This includes the entire pilot car industry as well as specialized equipment manufacturers that cater to and service items for the industry. Over the past few decades, we’ve learned that the pilot car industry can be very flexible as well as resilient and can recover from freight shortages pretty quickly considering. Whereas the heavy-haul industry suffers much longer from a short-term financial blow as company operating costs are high. Especially if you own a specialized trailer. The more axles, the more money you owe the bank.

7-axle heavy-haul trailer.

7-axle stretch deck heavy-haul trailer with ramps. This trailer is designed to handle up to 81,000 lbs. The ability to stretch makes it very versatile.

What do we think about 2021 and freight volumes?

2021 will be a great year for this area of the specialized trucking industry. While we’re not predicting record-breaking highs in freight volumes but it is our general opinion that 2021 will bring some much-needed relief as existing construction projects are already on the table. Companies that wish to have this work will need to push with existing advertising as well as create new avenues for advertising.

Oversize loads.

The outlook for oversize load shipping volumes looks very promising for 2021.

Here are a few noteworthy items about 2021 freight volumes:

  • Existing wind energy jobs in WY, KS, OK, and East TX will continue. However, quite a few projects are now being built in other parts of the world as well as the sea. This hurts us as far wind energy equipment shipping goes.
  • This the year following a new election year and consumer spending is up. These newly elected people proclaim it all but anything however once in office it’s usually a new story we all have to just roll with. It’s very hard for specialized trucking companies that facilitate growth projects to forecast what their capabilities will be for new construction projects. However, this year will be a big one.
  • The US has too many heavy equipment surplus items they’re in the process of selling off. That equipment will come up in the auctions this year so shipping from the auctions to the ports will be excellent in 2021. The overall freight volume getting a push in this area as well.

It’s going to be busy year folks. The companies that will earn the most money in 2021 are the ones that are advertising smart and savvy.

See also:

Heavy-haul and oversize trucking quotes.
Heavy-haul and oversize shipping regulations.

 

 

2021 Advertising and oversize trucking.

2021 Advertising and oversize trucking.

Oversize trucking, heavy haul and advertising. Technology in 2021 demands more strategic advertising…

It’s certainly no secret that the major search engines dictate who is going to get work and who is not going to get work. But in this day and age the average person browsing is starting to scroll past the paid ads and onto the real results which is great, but still. This is why oversize trucking companies and heavy haulers have got to play the same game everyone else does in order to get new customers. What were going to talk about in this letter is life skills for your company. It doesn’t matter whether you are currently using WideloadShipping.com or not. Many of these roles in fact most of them apply to the way the Internet works in general and how search engines operate. However, the first thing I’m going to talk about is how to maximize your use of the WideloadShipping.com load board or your company. After that, we’ll go over the the oversize and heavy haul trucking company directory and how it’s more beneficial to your company then you may know.

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There’s no time like the present.

Since were right about in the middle of the absolute slowest time of the year now is a good time to implement some of these strategies for your company so you can be fully ready to optimize your production for the 2019 shipping season. As you know it’s all about getting new customers so if new customers are what you need then new customers is what you will get. Let’s take a look at our load board and think about the way that most companies use it. If you’ve got a truck that hauled a load out to the middle of nowhere you’re definitely going to be more at the taking of brokered load just so you can get anything to get your driver rolling towards the yard and making a profit. With that said you’re probably just glancing through all the load to see what you can get quickly. Understandably so. But let’s take a look at the big picture here and that’s in landing what will call the “million-dollar customer”. Many companies are able to get that customer just by using the system on a day-to-day basis. However, what we suggest is maximizing your exposure in order to do this you’re going to want to at least communicate with direct customers that have freight that is within your weight class and within your transit lanes whether you can cover the load are not. In doing so not only are you helping to keep your trucks moving but you’re making new connections as well. Here’s how we suggest you do that.

Sharpen your pencil and work smarter, not harder.

Sharpen your pencil out and create an introductory template for your company that you can mail out to potential customers. Simply leave the “Dear Whoever” named place blank. That way you can easily insert the customers name into that spot. So what you’re going to want to do is send this email template to any customers who post loads in the system that are attractive to you. Once again, that have freight that is again within your weight class and the shipping lanes that you service. You’re going to find out that most of our customers would rather have the phone number of a company that they can trust to call and say hey trucking company here’s what we have what do you think were looking at? Rather than having the go to wide load shipping.com and plugging in all of their information on the load. It’s convenient for them to do it this way because they get instant results in speaking with you. Your email template will offer this opportunity for them to do so. This is how you optimize every cent you spend with us the and will also undoubtedly ensure you get that “million-dollar customer” much sooner than you would if you were just working the system for your open dates. Also, you can have your sales team give the customer a follow-up call as well as sending them the promotional email. However we do suggest that the salesperson is very soft and the content they are selling to the customer. The high pressure pushy sales tactics as you know don’t go very far these days and people tend to find it more annoying than anything else. We’ve got a few newer brokerage companies now that I won’t mention that have 2.000 and experienced kids that do nothing but call all day long and sell garbage. I will say the first letter starts with the T that’s it. Moving right along.

Information about the word “auto” and the web.

This brings us to our final topic in this newsletter which is the WideloadShipping.com oversize and heavy haul carrier directory. First of all I want you to understand that this is not intended to be a sales email to try to get you to put your listing in our directory. As I’m sure you aware we send out very few emails. It’s merely a good example that is right here of how things work. Realistically our directory will not make your telephone ring off the hook. However, having a company listing in our directory will do some pretty cool things for your company and here’s why. The way the search engines work and part of the way they determine who is going to be at the top of their list is by looking at what sites are linked to them. They figure if a lot of other sites are connected to your website by a link that people are telling other people there is valuable information there. Especially if the site that has the link on it contains related content. In this case equipment moving companies, oversize trucking companies and heavy haul shippers as well as regulations and pilot cars and all that good stuff is perfect. It’s a good example of one of the most valuable links there is. There’s another factor, how long has the website that is linked to your site been online and how much traffic do they get? In fact, a link to your site from a “link farm” or any other site that does not have good quality relevant content on it can actually harm your site and make it drop in search results. So you do want to be careful where you put links to your website at. You don’t just want to put is many links as you possibly can which is what “auto-link” posters and “auto-bloggers” do. This is a horrible thing to do to your own site and can be almost impossible to fix. Not only do you have to contact the owner of each site to request that the link be removed but you also have to motivate them to actually do the work involved with removing it. So, there’s no sense in bothering with that in the first place, it’s poison. Anytime you see the word “auto”, run in the opposite direction!

There’s more than meets the eye.

So with that said what a lot of people don’t realize is the link that you pay either 70 or $100 for depending if you want basic or premium is worth a lot more than that. If you were to contact an SEO expert (search engine optimization) and hire them to move your website up in the search engine results it would cost you at minimum $500 a year but realistically in between $900 and $1200, something that you can do on your own right here or with any other good quality directory. Ours has been published since 2003 so it’s history is nothing more than an extra plus for you. I can guarantee you 100% if you place a listing in our directory once it is re-indexed by the search engines your own website move up in the search results a minimum of 20 positions within 20 days if you take the time to add a well written (300 word minimum) keyword description about your company and the services you provide. Just so you know once again this is not an up sell by any means but for 2019 if you do purchase three states in our directory we will give you the fourth one for free (some restrictions apply such as company size). What you can expect besides your own website moving up in position is a few good quality customer calls a year that have good quality freight but are usually on the secret side of what they are shipping. These types of customers tend to be ones that do not want to publicly post their shipments because they may involve the department of defense, NASA, the treasury, the Hollywood industry and so forth. One thing you should consider in your online campaign other than being thrifty with your company money is the 300 word minimum description I mentioned above. It’s important that you don’t post the exact same information on other websites. This is called “duplicate content”and does not help you nearly as much as original content will.

Again I want to stress that this is not a sales email but rather an informational one. These tactics apply to all content related websites on the Internet. So by all means look for places where you can add your company information free. It’s getting harder to find that these days but it is possible. Also remember that you never want to associate yourself with a company that says that they can get your website more traffic and is using an auto poster to do that. The risk is simply too high and we have seen the results of such campaigns first-hand on other projects that we have managed. Treat your website as you would your own baby because that’s exactly what it is and it will slowly grow. It is up to you to determine if it will grow poorly or with high achievements. Remember that each thing you do contributes to the amount of money you will make not only over the course of this year but years to follow as well.

Locating your heavy haul/oversize trucking company

We welcome you to join in and post your questions, comments and any concerns you may have at the bottom of this page which is posted online here. We look forward to not only serving you now but also in the future!

Remember our new pilot car directory (PiloTrac) is live and geo-location based so you can locate pilot cars based on their location and equipment type. It’s also free with no signup required, just click and call!

COVID-19

As the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be a global concern, WideloadShipping.com will remain vigilant and proactively take the necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our employees, partners and communities.

WideloadShipping.com remains fully operational across the country, servicing all domestic transportation needs. Our team is committed to supporting the diverse needs of shippers and carriers as we navigate the impact of the virus on the supply chain.

We will continue to optimize business operations and remain committed to open communications and uninterrupted service levels.

The health of our team and our ability to serve you are our top priorities. Our adaptable, dedicated network of logistics professionals is eager to continue providing you with the excellence in service you’ve come to depend on.

 

Sincerely,

 

WideloadShipping.com

National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP) – FINALLY SOMETHING!!!

National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP) – USDOT.

The National Freight Strategic Plan defines the DOT’s vision and goals for the nation’s multi-modal freight system and defines strategies to achieve these goals. This Department of Transportation developed this plan through a multi-agency effort involving extensive consultation with freight stakeholders in both the public and private sectors. The DOT will use this plan to guide our national freight policy, programs, initiatives and investments. The Plan will also be used to inform state freight plans and identify freight data and research needs. Additionally, it provides a framework for increased cross-sector, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-modal coordination and partnerships. This Plan meets the requirements of the FAST Act to develop a strategic plan to implement the goals outlined in the new national multi-modal freight policy.

NFSP summary.

National Freight Strategic Plan summary. The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) made history by debuting a national plan to improve the nation’s freight transportation system.

NFSP vision.

The freight transportation system of the United States will strengthen our economic competitiveness with safe and reliable supply chains that efficiently and seamlessly connect producers, shippers, and consumers in domestic and foreign markets.

NFSP full report.

National Freight Strategic Plan full report. The National Freight Strategic Plan (NFSP), which was unveiled on September 3, is intended to boost the U.S. economy by streamlining the national multi-modal freight system by investing in infrastructure, the workforce, and cutting regulations.

National Freight Policy Strategic Goals

This National Freight Strategic Plan supports the U.S. DOT strategic goals of Safety, Infrastructure, and Innovation.

SAFETY: Improve the safety, security, and resilience of the national freight system.

INFRASTRUCTURE: Modernize freight infrastructure and operations to grow the economy, increase competitiveness, and improve quality of life.

INNOVATION: Prepare for the future by supporting the development of data, technologies, and workforce capabilities that improve freight system performance.

Federal Role

The following principles are finally being considered (should have been implemented decades ago) to guide U.S. DOT’s strategic leadership to support safe, efficient, and reliable goods movement. It’s a shame it took a pandemic to get the DOT up off of their haunches.

  • Modernize or eliminate unnecessary or duplicate regulations that inhibit supply chain efficiency, reduce incentives to innovation, delay project delivery, or raise costs to shippers and consumers; while protecting safety and environmental outcomes.
  • Improve cross-sector, multi-jurisdictional, and multi-modal collaboration to enhance inter-modal connectivity and first-and last-mile connections, streamline interstate policies and regulations, and support multi-state investment.
  • Provide targeted Federal resources and financial assistance to support freight projects that provide significant benefits to the national economy.
  • Invest in freight data, analytical tools, and research to enhance the abilities of State, regional and local agencies to evaluate and address freight issues.

“The Department is unveiling the first-ever National Freight Strategic Plan so that the U.S. can maintain our competitive edge across major industries like agriculture, manufacturing, energy production and E-commerce,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

 

The plan cites several areas of concern for the efficiency of the trucking industry specifically. These include the rising number of truck-involved fatal crashes, the lack of safe truck parking, increasing traffic congestion, automated driving technology, and poor infrastructure.

DOT also cites regulations as a barrier to maximizing freight efficiency: “…freight stakeholders frequently cite certain safety, environmental, and economic regulations as impediments to freight efficiency. There are often different perspectives as to whether these regulations are the best way to reach their intended goals or whether the costs associated with complying with a particular regulation exceed the benefits.”

The plan points to several decade old problems and trends that up until this point nobody wanted to deal with that are driving the immediate need for change so the nation’s supply chain won’t completely fail. Especially things like infrastructure, e-commerce, our population, rising domestic oil production, old and new technologies.

 

COVID-19 Response. Logistics supply.

COVID-19 response – logistics supply chain.

As the world continues to change on an hourly basis due to the outbreak of the Corona-19 virus, we are hoping that all our customers and clients are well and taking every precaution to stay well. We acknowledge the severity  of this situation and have taken all required precautions, in accordance with WHO and CDC instructions.  We are conforming to all of the outlined protocols and have taken every precaution and measure to protect and inform our staff.

Ways to interact with our team.

E-mail is the preferred method of contact. All of our staff are now working remotely in order to efficiently deal with these new the challenges.

Many of our very recent projects are integral to key strategic points and distribution centers for medical assistance, food distribution and oversize/heavy haul transportation,  accordingly we continue to provide the best service for vital access in these new and difficult times. We are also working with customers to provide solutions at discounted rates thus increasing their efficiency and sustainability.

As everything for everyone worldwide changes day by day, we adapt. As a global company, we are well versed in working remotely with shippers, suppliers and project coordinators from all parts of the world. This gives us the advantage to further streamline our processes ensuring we provide all of our clients with the absolute best project solutions.

In these challenging times we urge you to take a positive stance so together we will overcome and build an even better and brighter future.

For your interest.

Excerpt from Rattan Lol;

The fast-moving corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic engulfed the world within four months from December to March of 2020, with long-lasting impacts on social, economic, political, educational, and scientific programs. It exacerbated risks of food and nutritional insecurity for a large segment of society, and threats of disruption in the food supply chain may be aggravated by climate change, soil degradation, and the flood/drought syndrome. Ensuring adequate access to nutritious food is a daunting challenge even in developed/scientifically advanced countries, and is a sheer tragedy in poor nations.

The sudden collapse caused by COVID-19 indicates fragility of humanity even to a microscopic foe. Cruel as it may seem, COVID-19 has accomplished what COP21 (the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference of Parties) and other initiatives could not. Atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2) have not risen during March and April of 2020 (Storrow 2020; Flis 2020) because of the closure of the industry and travel restrictions. Even one month of lockdown has made the water of the Ganges River drinkable, air in cities like New Delhi and Beijing purer, and skies bluer than seen in decades (Biswas 2020).

2020 Truck Safety

2020 Truck Safety Sting Results.

We’ve got a lot of our drivers and trucks out of service. No exact numbers this year yet.

The numbers are in for the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s annual International Road check enforcement sting – held June 4-6, 2019. During these three days a total of 67,072 commercial vehicles were inspected in the USA and Canada. 12,019 trucks inspected (17.9% of them) were placed out of service due to violations and 2,784 drivers (4.2% of the trucks) were placed out of service for driver related issues.

The #1 violation was brake related issues. For the driver related issues the leading violation was hours of service.

Out-of-service vehicle conditions starting with the highest:

Vehicle Violations.
1. Braking system issues.
2. Tires and wheels.
3. Brake adjustment.
4. Properly secured loads.
5. Lighting devices.
6. Suspensions.
7. Steering mechanism.
8. Other.
9. Frames.
10. Coupling devices.
11. Drive line/driveshaft.
12. Fuel systems.
13. Exhaust systems.

Driver out-of-service violations starting with the highest:

Driver Violation.
1. Hours of service.
2. Wrong class license.
3. False log books.
4. Other.
5. Suspended license.
6. Drugs/Alcohol.
7. Expired license.
8. Violating license restriction.

Road safety enforcement results.

The CVSA said 3,851 commercial motor vehicles transporting hazardous materials/dangerous goods (HM/DG) were inspected and 527 vehicles were found to have out-of-service conditions, which is a 13.7% out-of-service rate for HM/DG vehicles. There also were 52 HM/DG drivers placed out-of-service – a 1.4% out-of-service rate for HM/DG drivers.

Each year, special emphasis is placed on a certain category of violations. This year’s focus was placed on steering and suspension. Inspectors found 408 steering (2.5% of all out-of-service vehicle violations) and 703 suspension issues (4.3% of all out-of-service vehicle violations) during the International Roadcheck Enforcement sting.

During the three International Roadcheck Enforcement days the inspectors primarily conducted one of three inspection levels:

The North American Standard (NAS) Level I Inspection is a 37-step procedure that includes an examination of driver operating requirements and the vehicles overall mechanical fitness.
The NAS Level II Inspection typically includes everything that can be inspected without physically getting underneath the vehicle.
The NAS Level III Inspection is a review of driver requirements such as the drivers license, documentation (vehicle and load), log books, seat belt usage, etc.

It would be nice if we were given some numbers for the percentage of the trucks that serviced the OS/HH industry. Either way one must admit these numbers aren’t a good reflection on our industry overall and these numbers can’t be ignored – especially when the main issue involved are the breaks. We couldn’t also help but to note the amount of violations for incorrect drivers license or suspension. One has to wonder if a insurance claim had to be filed for whatever reason if it would be valid (at all) since the actual driver of the truck wasn’t supposed to be behind the steering wheel in the first place. This is dangerous territory for everyone involved including the public.

Interesting fact as well:

3,085 actual truck driver jobs have been lost due to companies going out of business so far in 2019.

We’d be happy to hear your comments below.

Web Winners 101.

Web winners 101.  Start to learn the game.

After managing this beast for almost 17 years online, I’ve recently has to ask myself why more companies don’t use specifically practice rules that aren’t big secrets anymore? Especially individuals like us who wear many hats daily plus managing our own websites. I’m convinced most people simply don’t understand how search engine algorithms work and preferred to pretend they’d eventually just go away. When you offer “premium” listings for $70-$100 a year (dinosaur “back links”) and your not flooded with listings you have to ask yourself what is wrong (or rather what are you doing wrong)? If you hired a SEO (search engine optimization) professional to make your own website place better in organic search results they’d quote you say $1500+ (and not even have to mess with any of your code) to produce the same results you could do yourself by properly creating a good quality backlink on any content related website over 15 years old. And they can even prove to you their “awesome” results thus putting a huge hook in your mouth.

Making your listing for for you.

It’s simple to get a backlink to work for you thus moving you from page 18 to page 1 or 2. Developers charge $1,500+ for this work.

Why not do it yourself?

Now there’s an original idea. Save yourself 900 smackaroos! If people knew the web worked this way our directories would be plugged. So here’s the big secret, this is how it’s done and what you will need:

  1. More than 600 words of original (not published anywhere else on the web) text. You want your keywords like state, company name, oversize, heavy-haul, etc. to be used 2.6 to 3% of the time. You can check your keyword density here free. To do this highlist the text you wish to check, then right click on the blue highlight and click “copy”. Then got to the density checker and select “Text” not url. Click one time in the text box, then right click and then click “paste”. This will drop the text you copied into the box and give you a report. Make certain you use all of your keywords and none of them rank over 3% or or 18 times if you typed exactly 600 words. Adjust the text accordingly and as soon as it is correct, highlight it, right click on it and select “copy”. Then go to your directory listing or login and click the edit icon, click once in the description field, right click and then click paste. You’re done.
  2. Be sure to upload as many original photos as it will allow you to. Also make certain you have used these photos nowhere else on the web so they are considered “original”.
  3. In the website URL box make certain you put in the “http://” before adding www.yourwebsite.com” or else the system will not record it properly nor create the important back link your after.
  4. Again, the proof is in the pudding. After you have activated (paid your account with us) go to: The Free rank checker and enter your website URL (without the http:// required) and enter some of your keywords about 10-20 days after your have completed your listing so the search engines have time to re-index your site/page.
  5. Suprise, suprise! Again, the proof is in the pudding. You went from obscurity towards the top results. This is exactly why our carrier directory is worth the meager fee we charge. Not only does it allow our 1,000,000+ human visitors see your listing, it also moves your website a considerable amount in the search results. What is better than this? Stay tuned, we’ve got a lot more where that came from.

We’re so sure you will understand much more about how the search engines work as well as how valuable a listing in our 17+ year directory we’re offering you 50% off ($50 for a premium listing) if you activate your account by the first if the year. Create your account today and get your business on the right track.

We’ll be publishing more articles soon on how to rank high in search results.

Also consider:

Some do’s and don’ts and ideas.
More info on smart advertising.
Free ways to help yourself and your company.