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Changes to Qualcomm HOS

As you have probably heard and some of you have already experienced, so changes are coming to the HOS regulations regarding Electronic Logging Devices or "ELDs". Basically, as of 12/16/19 every truck is required to be equipped with an ELD that meets FMCSA technical standards.  Some of those technical standards are: Logging information regarding actual driving of the vehicle must be pulled directly from the vehicle engine ECM. Start of Trip (Driving) must be recorded beginning when the...

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Smart Fleet Champion

Once again, Epes Transport System has been awarded the prestigious 2018 North Carolina Smart Fleet Champion award, presented by North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center, which is affiliated with the NC State University School of Engineering. With the focus of the entire trucking industry on reducing our carbon footprint, Epes is again being recognized at the highest achievement level in the State of North Carolina by one of the most forward-thinking clean fuel organizations in the...

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We Salute Our Veterans

“The Great War”…World War I, officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting had actually ceased some seven months earlier, on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month…November 11, 1918. It is for that reason this particular date in our history became known as the end of “the war to end all wars” and maintained special significance for generations to come. With these words, “To us in...

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New Pay Increase

Epes Transport System invests nearly $3 million in new company driver pay package Carrier announces largest pay raise in its eight-decade history May 24, 2018 (Greensboro, NC) --Epes Transport System, Inc. of Greensboro, N.C., recently announced its largest pay increase in the company's 85+ year history. Nearly $3 million is being invested into compensation for company drivers effective June 3, 2018. "We appreciate the support our tremendous customer base has provided through rate...

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Electronic Logging Device Rules & Tips

A frequently talked about topic in any trucking company is the use and maintaining of Electronic Logs. The Electronic Logging Device Rules (or ELD) were introduced in 2015 by the DOT with a compliance deadline of December 18th 2017 to “help create a safer work environment for drivers, and make it easier, faster to accurately track, manage, and share records of duty status (RODS) data.” That being said we understand that while some drivers have always used E-logs some had to transition from...

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Why Do Drivers Leave a Company

In my past year of recruiting drivers I have discovered through interviewing drivers the reasons why drivers leave a company to drive for another company. In this ultra-competitive market to hire qualified drivers it is well known there is a shortage of drivers and qualified drivers don’t have to look very far to find new driving position. In many cases they can leave a job one day and get hired the next day with another company. You would think money is the main motivation to leave a...

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Healthy Habits For A Truck Driver

In the world of a truck driver getting the load there on time and safely is one of the most important things that they do. Drivers take pride in driving and what they do, that's why there are called professional drivers. But in the process of doing there job on a daily basis they will encounter numerous challenges like the weather, traffic, breakdowns, getting lost and let's not forget the good old hours of service. But like a champion the driver handles all these challenges and get the job...

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Finding Your Center as a Driver

In my experience in listening and meeting prospective drivers, I was able to determine that driving a truck is a stressful as anything out there. Typically a driver has 70 hours in an 8 day work schedule where he is allowed to drive for 11 hours in a 14 hour work day with a mandatory 10 hour rest period. Ultimately, it is a long work schedule. Then add to the madness driving in congested traffic, gps giving wrong directions causing you to turn in a tight area and the list goes on. There are...

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