Looking Both Ways
An Introduction to Looking Both Ways
Welcome to the new Regulatory and Compliance blog on ExpeditersOnLine.com – “Looking Both Ways”. My name is John Mueller. A little about myself. My trucking career began in 1981 at a transportation consulting firm in the permit department. Soon I was overseeing the fuel tax department also. Then operated my own consulting firm – Trac Tracers. Was offered a position as a Safety Director at one of my then customers - Try Hours Inc. - and leapt both feet into Safety and Recruiting. Onto Seagate Transportation for a stint in a truckload reefer carrier as Director of Driver Services. Crete Carrier Corporation was my next stop as Regional Midwest Field Recruiter. Finally I formed Premium Transportation Logistics with two partners and have continued to operate this company with them. In January, 2005 I received the Certified Director of Safety (CDS) credential from the North American Transportation Management Institute (NATMI). Some of you may know me as a Moderator on the “Ask the Recruiter” forum on EO. In short, my trucking career has been spent in the most “exciting areas” of the trucking industry – Regulatory and Compliance. That’s a big LOL.
Personal time I spend fishing, motorcycling, shooting and spending time with my family.
Enough of me - on to helping you. Over the past 20 years or so, the trucking industry has seen a staggering amount of regulatory and compliance changes. This trend will continue on with revisions to CSA, MAP 21 and other initiatives. Reading, learning and attempting to keep up with the changes is daunting to safety professionals, trucking personnel, and especially drivers. Drivers are out on the front lines and are exposed constantly to scrutiny through roadside inspections. Performing the daily duties of a professional driver now includes “being a student of the industry regulations”. I encourage you to read, study and absorb as much of this information as possible. It is imperative that you receive your information first hand from FMCSA or other reputable sources. The purpose of my blog will be to provide you important information on the regulatory and compliance changes occurring within the trucking industry.
This first blog following this introduction will focus on acronyms, abreviations and definitions used with the regulatory and compliance sector of the trucking industry. Getting a handle on these terms will help you better understand all the technicalities.
In the meantime, thank you drivers for all you do. Please be safe!Click here to read more of my blogs!