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You can help drive change through your association

American Author and Management Expert Kenneth Blanchard once said, “The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority.”

Too often we hear people complaining about their circumstances, but they don’t seem to make any effort to change the situation.  They’d just prefer to grumble and let others deal with the same issues.

How can YOU make the trucking industry a better place for all of us?  First, think about how your negative remarks invite more criticism.  Calling someone names or making harmful comments don’t help anyone.  In fact, it just puts the other person on the defensive which prompts them just to shut you out. Continue reading

What did you miss?

The Women In Trucking Association’s mission is simply to increase the percentage of women employed in transportation careers.  Whether the role is driver, technician, safety professional, engineer, manager or one of the many other positions in supply chain, our focus is to attract and retain more women at all levels.

The Accelerate! Conference and Expo brings this goal into one very educational, but motivational and fun-filled event and this year was no exception.  Although this was only our third annual conference, over 500 women and men were there to learn, network and relax.  If you missed it, here are some of the things we learned.

Our keynote speaker, Valerie Alexander, charmed and challenged the audience her insight in “How to succeed in trucking despite having female brains.”  Valerie also ended the conference with how to create happiness and engagement in the workplace.  She asked the audience to list ten positive things that might result from a negative experience, using industry examples to illustrate the case.

Admiral Robert Wray, CEO of Citadel Fleet Safety, talked about leadership and provided lessons he learned in his four decades of experience in both wartime and peace.  He challenged the audience to become more confident, but humble leaders in their organizations and provided numerous stories of action-oriented guidance from his years as a nuclear engineer in the Navy.

Former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator (FMCSA), Annette Sandberg, shared stories from her experiences as the youngest, and first female, State Patrol Chief in the US.  She encouraged the audience to maintain their sense of humor, but to establish boundaries and keep them intact without alienating others.  Ms. Sandberg currently is the Principal of TranSafe Consulting, LLC, which provides transportation, safety and security consulting services.

David Coleman, known as “The Dating Doctor TM” spoke about relationship issues at work and in social settings in his talk, “Positive People Produce.”  Coleman’s interactive presentation included a session with attendees talking about their strengths and weaknesses and using the conversation to build confidence in others and themselves.  The audience learned how their words and actions can turn relationships into a positive direction that is safe, empowering and affirming.

Returning speaker, Joel McGinley, of TranStrategy Partners spoke about how to “Elevate your Game: A message of Personal Transformation.”  McGinley gave the attendees an understanding of what holds them back from transformational growth and how to overcome these challenges.  He provided tools to empower and encourage each person to create the career they want.

Sirius/XM’s Road Dog Channel’s Freewheelin’ host, Meredith Ochs, moderated a panel of women who offered their insight into becoming successful leaders.  The three finalists for the Influential Women in Trucking Award sponsored by Freightliner participated.  Traci Crane,  Senior Manager of Fleet Services at CFI, Inc., Tana Greene, CEO and Founder of Blue Bloodhound and Daphne Jefferson, former Deputy Administrator of the FMCSA were the three finalists.  They were joined by last year’s Influential Woman in Trucking, Ramona Hood, of Genco. These four women shared their insight into how they succeeded in transportation careers and offered advice to not only believe in yourself and your professional goals, but to move beyond your comfort zone and achieve great things.  Daphne Jefferson was named this year’s Influential Woman in Trucking.

In addition to presentations that challenged and empowered the attendees, there were many panel discussions, lunchtime table topic conversations and plenty of industry-related talks ranging from driver health and wellness to ELD mandates.  The FMCSA held a Q & A session to offer the latest rulings affecting drivers. We also announced an initiative with Expediter Services to provide funding to 150 women starting businesses in trucking.

The Women In Trucking Association initiated a Best Practices Survey to better understand how carriers that employ a high percentage of female drivers attract and retain these women.  Keera Brooks of Sawgrass Logistics conducted the survey and presented the findings along with a panel of carrier executives who shared their strategies.  The attendees learned that women leave companies for different reasons than men and look for different things when choosing a carrier.  This research will be available to all corporate members of the association shortly and will be game-changing for carriers looking to hire more female drivers.

The entire conference was fast-paced, and jam-packed, but many attendees took the time to take a tour of the trucks feature new technologies from companies such as Autobon, Freightliner, Peterbilt, Volvo, and ZF.  The Women In Trucking 2014 Volvo VNL donated by Arrow Truck Sales was also on display.  This vehicle will be given away at the Salute to Women Behind the Wheel in March at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

If you missed this year’s Accelerate! Conference and Expo, be sure to mark your calendar for next year’s event to be held in Frisco (Dallas) Texas November 12-14.  For more information, visit the Women In Trucking Association website at www.womenintrucking.org.  We look forward to seeing you there!

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Sharing Best Practices Around the World

As the trucking industry in North America looks toward women to create a more diverse workforce and to fill talent gaps, nations around the world look toward America to lead the way.

Recently, I was asked to speak at a conference in Hue City, Vietnam to share best practices the Women In Trucking Association has found in our efforts to increase the numbers of women in transportation careers.

The event was called the Women In Transportation initiative which was launched in 2011 by the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperative (APEC) to address the growing need to identify barriers and share best practices in four core areas.  These areas include education, access to jobs, retention and leadership development. Continue reading

Honesty, Please

A recent report from Stay Metrics, a driver engagement platform, stated that of the 100 professional drivers hired today, 33 of them will quit within three months and another 22 percent will be gone within six months. These numbers should tell us something.

It’s not only difficult to attract and retain drivers, it’s expensive.  The American Trucking Associations reported a slight increase in recent turnover rates at large fleets, despite remaining at what they called, “historically low levels.” The turnover rate, or the percentage of drivers who leave a fleet on a calendar basis is at 74 percent.

What if 74 percent of your recruiters left every year? What if 74 percent of your human resource department left every year? Why do we accept this level of “resignations” from our drivers? Continue reading

Form 2290 is Due now, e-File today

It’s time for your 2290 tax form renewal, the heavy highway vehicle use tax is required to be paid annually to the IRS for every truck that drives on public highways and weighs over 55,000 lbs. Once you file your IRS Tax Form 2290, a Stamped Schedule 1 will be provided to you as your receipt for this heavy highway vehicle use tax. A printed copy is required to register your vehicles each year with the state authorities. A copy of the IRS stamped Schedule 1 for the current year available on your account so you can always have access to it.

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Form 2290 – Due Now – August 31 is the Last Date

The 2290 Form is due annually between July 1 and August 31 for this current tax year starting from July 1, 2017 through June, 30 2018. Both the tax return and the heavy highway vehicle use tax must be paid by the deadline in order to avoid penalties and interest. This tax must also be paid anytime a new vehicle is added to your fleet for the remainder of that year. In this case the tax is due by the end of the month following the date the vehicle is first used on the public highways.

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Women In Trucking and Uber Freight

The word Uber means “very super.” Uber Freight is working to become a “very super” way to match carriers with shippers through its app.

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit Uber Freight’s offices in downtown San Francisco and speak with the team about the underrepresentation of women throughout the trucking industry, as well as ways to attract and retain more women into trucking careers.

The team at Uber Freight includes engineers, load planners, sales and marketing professionals and so much more. They seemed to be younger than a typical group of transportation professionals. Many of them came from a technology background, and since they are working to build an app that improves the lives of all truck drivers, they were eager to better understand the unique challenges female drivers face.

My talk focused on the need to raise awareness among women about opportunities in the trucking industry and other areas of transportation. I touched on the challenges in attracting and retaining women as drivers and leaders and offered suggestions as to how we can better address these issues. I also discussed ways WIT is working to improve conditions including truck cab design and ergonomics, harassment, and more inclusive recruiting advertising.

The presentation to the group was well received, and in addition to the four dozen or so folks in the room, the event was also broadcast to Uber Freight’s Chicago office. The questions from the Uber Freight team were focused and insightful, although I would have to admit that I learned as much from them as they learned from me.

As a separate effort from Uber Freight, Uber also has a group working on self-driving technology for both cars and trucks called the Advanced Technologies Group (ATG). The mission of Uber ATG is to create safer roads and save lives with the use of self-driving technology that will remove as much opportunity for driver error as possible. I had a chance to also visit with the ATG team and ride in one of their trucks on the highways around San Francisco. A professional truck driver was in the driver’s seat the entire time while another employee monitoring the laptop was receiving information from the truck’s LiDAR sensors.

The separate teams at Uber Freight and Uber ATG trucks are both working hard to stay ahead of the industry with the use of technology, and WIT is excited to continue working with Uber to build a “very super” future for women across the industry.

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IRS reminds all Heavy Motor Truck Operators to e-File 2290 Tax Returns for the Tax Year 2017-18. This 2290 tax falls due by August 31. Act fast and eFile it today at Tax2290.com & TaxExcise.com

July month tax due

Truckers, Heavy Vehicle Use Tax Return (Form 2290) Due August, 31.

This is to remind truckers and other owners of heavy highway vehicles that, their next federal highway use tax return is due on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.

Some taxpayers still opt to file their Form 2290 on paper, the IRS encourages all taxpayers to take advantage of the speed and convenience of filing this 2290 tax form electronically and paying tax dues electronically. Taxpayers reporting 25 or more vehicles must e-file their Form 2290 through an IRS-approved software provider like www.Tax2290.com.
This year’s 2290 tax due date falls on August 31. Hence E-file ASAP to avoid last minute virtual Traffic jam.

The highway use tax applies to highway motor vehicles with a taxable gross weight of 55,000 pounds or more. This generally includes trucks, truck tractors and buses. Ordinarily, vans, pick-ups and panel trucks are not taxable because they fall below the 55,000-pound threshold. The tax of up to $550 per vehicle is based on weight, and a variety of special rules apply, explained in the instructions to Form 2290.
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Transferring Your Schedule 1 Copy, from one Truck to another

Do you need to transfer your Schedule 1 copy from one truck to another? If you Changed vehicles or purchased a new one in December of 2015, then the Vehicle first used in December have a 2290 filing deadline of January 31st!

Even though there is still plenty of time to file your 2290. It only takes about 10 minutes to E-file a Form 2290. So if you’ve recently switched vehicles, it’s time to get in gear and get yourself E-filed before the deadline. Continue reading

Merry Christmas from us to You

Truckers welcome to the special edition of our blog, coming to you from all of us here at Think Trade Inc. It’s a very special time of the year, but for truck drivers the chance being home with family and friends, remains as a dream year after year. For many other truck drivers, it’s another day of progress. We don’t know where you’ll be today, with your family or on the road working hard for us, but we want to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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Errors You Can Overcome This Tax Season With Tax2290.Com

With the regular filing season running on full swing, here are some of the common errors we need to address for success filing.

Time and time again filers tend to make the same mistakes when it comes to filing their heavy vehicle use taxes. So let’s go over them so they’re fresh in your mind when you e-file this tax season 2015-16! Continue reading