ELD Enforcement Date Approaching Fast!

by: Karol Smith on

The FMCSA Released the below reminder today.  BarOle Trucking has been moving towards compliance with our ELD system for over a year and embracing the changes that have come with this new technology. The below information is great information for all to know as this will affect all trucking companies, customers and consignees whose freight has to be moved by trucks with electric logging devices. 

Beginning April 1, 2018, if a commercial motor vehicle (CMV) driver is stopped and found to be operating a CMV without a required electronic logging device (ELD) or automatic on-board recording device (AOBRD) the following procedure will be followed:
1. The driver may be cited for failing to have the proper record of duty status.  
2. The driver will be placed out-of-service (OOS) for 10 hours in accordance with the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance Out-of-Service Criteria. (Passenger carriers would be placed OOS for 8 hours, noting en-route inspections of passenger carriers are prohibited.)  

3. At the end of the 10 hours, the driver will be permitted to continue the trip to their final destination, provided the driver has documented their duty status using paper logs and has a copy of the inspection report and/or citation. 

4. The driver shall not be dispatched again until they are equipped with a compliant ELD.  

5. If the same driver is stopped following the next dispatch and found to still not be equipped with a compliant device, the driver will again be placed OOS for 10 hours (8 hours for passenger carriers), then permitted to continue using paper logs, as outlined above.  

6. Violations will be counted against a carrier’s Safety Measurement System (SMS) scores, which will drive the FMCSA’s carrier selection for investigation program. 

The Agency will monitor the data to determine appropriate additional action against non-compliant motor carriers.


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we will be closed 

Monday 12-25-2017  ( Christmas day ) 


Monday 1-1-2018 ( New Year's Day ) 

Happy Thanksgiving!

by: Karol Smith on

The BarOle offices will be closed Thursday, November 23rd, 2017. 

Our Operations will re-open Friday, November 24th at 8am. 

We wish everyone a very safe and Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve

by: Karol Smith on


CONTACT:           Karol Smith, CDS

                                BarOle Trucking, Inc

                                Phone: 651-366-6019

                                Email: ksmith@baroletrucking.com


Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve

BarOle Trucking, Inc urges consumers to plan a sober ride

St Paul, MN – As millions of Americans get on the roads to travel home and spend the Thanksgiving holiday reconnecting with friends and loved ones, BarOle Trucking is serving them a reminder: “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve.”

The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a cultural phenomenon called “Thanksgiving Eve,” an evening associated with drinking and a big night for bars. From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6:00 p.m. Wednesday to 5:59 a.m. Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roads.

BarOle Trucking and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will be running a blitz social media campaign, “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve.” On Nov. 22, the day before Thanksgiving, all of [organization’s] social media channels will be exclusively sharing content on the importance of not drinking and driving, and planning ahead for a sober ride home – a true takeover. Social posts, Instagram images, and tweets with hashtags #buzzeddriving and #designateddriver will be available for organizations to participate and help distribute this critical message.

BarOle Trucking is urging the public and the media to help spread the word, and to take precautions, so everyone can make it to the table this Thanksgiving by:

Planning ahead and designating a sober driver before the first drink.

Using public transportation, a taxi, ride share service, or your community’s sober ride program to get home safely.

Be prepared. Register and reserve a ride thru DDI. They drive you and your car home. Safe. Reserve your ride at https://youdrinkwedrive.org/

 If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the MN State Patrol by dialing 911. Whether riding or driving, always wear your seat belt.

Happy Labor Day!

by: Karol Smith on

Wishing all of you a safe and restful Labor Day weekend. 

The offices of BarOle Trucking, Inc will be closed in observance of Labor Day Monday, September 4th. 

We will re-open at 8am, Sept 5th, 2017. 

The Steel Box That Changed Global Logistics

by: Paul Gerou on

Container ship at the Port of Long Beach. Photo: Jim Park

Did you know a trucking entrepreneur invented the modern shipping container?

A dockworker from the 1950s would not recognize a modern cargo port, where huge gantries move steel boxes full of cargo from all over the world between ships, trains, and trucks.

As part of a series on 

powerful dockworkers' unions -- because containers would mean fewer jobs (although it also would make loading ships safer; In a large port, someone would be killed every few weeks.)

When I recently interviewed Andrew McAfee, an MIT scientist who studies how technological progress changes business, the economy, and society, about the future of autonomous trucks, he pointed to the automation at ports as an example of how the march of technology continues to mean the loss of jobs in some areas and the gain of jobs in others.

In 1937, longshoremen at ports in New York transfer bananas from a conveyor that carries them from the hold of the ship onto the dock and then load them into freight cars. Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
In 1937, longshoremen at ports in New York transfer bananas from a conveyor that carries them from the hold of the ship onto the dock and then load them into freight cars. Source: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

Other obstacles? Trucking companies, shipping companies, and ports couldn't agree on a standard size. And separate sets of U.S. regulations kept tight control on how much  shipping and trucking companies could charge.

"The man who navigated this maze of hazards, and who can fairly be described as the inventor of the modern shipping container system, was called Malcom McLean," notes the BBC article. A trucking entrepreneur, "He knew plenty about trucks, plenty about playing the system, and all there was to know about saving money.... As Marc Levinson explains in his book, The Box, McLean not only saw the potential of a shipping container that would fit neatly onto a flat bed truck, he also had the skills and the risk-taking attitude needed to make it happen."

In the 1950s, McLean exploited a regulatory loophole to gain control of both a trucking company and a shipping company, and when dockers went on strike, he retrofit old ships to new container specifications.

As the World Shipping Council reports, "On 26 April 1956, Malcom McLean's converted World War II tanker, the Ideal X, made its maiden voyage from Port Newark to Houston in the USA. It had a reinforced deck carrying 58 metal container boxes as well as 15,000 tons of bulk petroleum. By the time the container ship docked at the Port of Houston six days later, the company was already taking orders to ship goods back to Port Newark in containers. McLean's enterprise later became known as Sea-Land Services, a company whose ships carried cargo-laden truck trailers between Northern and Southern ports in the USA."

But the real breakthrough came in the last 1960s, says the BBC, when McLean convinced the U.S. military that container shipping was a far faster way to get equipment to Vietnam. The "backhaul?" Goods from Japan. Trans-Pacific trade began in earnest.

One transformation McLean couldn't navigate, however, was deregulation in the early 1980s. As reported in HDT's 1998 book "100 Years of Trucking," McLean's eponymous North Carolina-based trucking company was one of the first to fold in the new highly competitive era. However, Sea-Land Services was eventually split into three entitities, according to Wikipedia, and the international container shipping business today is part of the Maersk Group.

Happy 4th of July!

by: Karol Smith on

BarOle Trucking offices will be closed on Tues, July 4th in observance of the 4th of July Holiday. 

Wishing you and yours a safe and Happy 4th of July Celebration! 

What is YOUR Super Power?

by: Karol Smith on

Professional Drivers Super Power

It’s been said that common sense is so uncommon these days it could be considered a super power. Being a top-notch professional driver in today’s rapidly evolving world also involves possessing a few super powers. Worsening congestion and ever-increasing time pressures take a huge toll on professional drivers and they need every advantage they can get.

Safety Directors should look for drivers who possess some of these super skills, or strive to develop them in drivers who may need improvement. What are some of the best driver superpowers?

  1. Being Super Cool. The ability to remain cool, calm and collected in chaotic environments such as intense traffic conditions, messed up loads and working with other people who are out of control.
  2. Having Super Seeing Skills. The ability to see and predict the moves and responses of others in traffic situations, being 10 steps ahead of the rest of those on the road
  3. Having Super Decision-Making Skills. The ability to read a wide variety of conditions, rapidly diagnose the proper responses and make the correct decisions given an infinite variety of changing road and weather conditions.
  4. Protecting Others: The ability to protect the lives of others on the road by making the types of decisions that protect others, even when those others don’t seem to care about their own lives.
  5. Seeing the Future: The ability to anticipate the unexpected and to have the knowledge and skills to properly react when the unexpected inevitably arises.
  6. Controlling enormous force and energy: Keeping an 80,000+ lb. vehicle under control, upright and connected to the roadway at all times.
  7. Ability to coordinate and control the electronic maze: Safely juggling and staying on top of a myriad of electronic devices every day.

Drivers who have these super skills are those who will earn million-mile safe driving achievements and enjoy long, safe careers. The more of these skills a driver has, the better. And the best part is that anyone can develop them and make them their own.

Leo Hughes, CDS, ARM
Sr. Safety Representative
Great West Casualty Company

Memorial Day 2017

by: Karol Smith on

Memorial Day is the day set aside to remember with gratitude and pride all those that served and died for our Country and our Freedom.

In observance of Memorial Day on Monday May 30, 2017, all BarOle Trucking, Inc offices will be closed. 

Our offices will re-open Tues, May 31st at 8am. 

May your day be filled with memories and peace. God Bless America!


by: Paul Gerou on

One month left to prepare for International Roadcheck

The Safety Fitness Determination rule would allow the agency to rely more heavily on roadside inspection data and violation data to determine carriers' safety fitness. Some carrier groups, however, argue the rule's issuance violates provisions of the 2015 FAST Act, which requires reforms to the CSA program.

CVSA’s annual Roadcheck inspection spree is one month away.

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance‘s annual International Roadcheck inspection spree will be held in one month, June 6-8, across North America.

CVSA plans the 72-hour event each summer to “conduct compliance, enforcement and educational initiatives.”

As previously reported, cargo securement will be the main point of emphasis for inspectors this year. While this is a normal part of CVSA’s Level I inspections, the organization says its inspectors will be highlighting cargo securement as a reminder to drivers and fleets of its importance.

CVSA offers cargo securement tips ahead of annual Roadcheck blitz

CVSA offers cargo securement tips ahead of annual Roadcheck blitz

Violations related to load securement include failure to prevent shifting and/or loss of load, failure to secure truck equipment, damaged tie-downs, insufficient tie-downs, and loose ...

To help prevent violations related to load securement during the inspection spree, CVSA says to make sure the load and all equipment is properly secured, and to inspect tie-downs to check for wear and damage.

Violations related to cargo securement include failure to prevent shifting/loss of cargo, failure to secure truck equipment, damaged tie-downs, insufficient tie-downs and loose tie-downs. The group has put together tips and a flyer for cargo securement in advance of the spree.

CVSA says an average of 15 trucks and buses are inspected every minute across North America during the 72-hour event. During 2016’s inspection spree, inspectors placed 21.5 percent of trucks inspected out of service, along with 3.4 percent of drivers, or 9,080 trucks and 1,436 drivers.

Stay Metrics and Luma are offering the trucking industry a complimentary training module on Level 1 inspections and the areas of cargo securement that officers will be targeting.

The online module provides a short, interactive learning and assessment. It will be available during the months of May and June at http://enuggetlearning.com/secure. No login or registration is required.