The World of Trucking- Frames of Past and Present

Life on the road was not what it used to be. The trucking industry started in 1910’s and 20’s and the number of truckers were limited. Those days, truckers were instructed to do only one thing, i.e., get the materials delivered from one place to another without any restrictions, rules or limits. Additionally, truckers had to drive for days on the poor and dangerous roads and drivers hardly cared about the hard work that poured in, the number of hours they traveled, etc. as long as the delivery was made.

As time passed by, during 1930’s companies actually started realizing how unsafe is for their drivers to drive on poor and unmaintained roads. As a result, truck driving techniques started changing but, for some reason the changes which were incorporated were time consuming. Truckers had to make a note of every hour they drove. They were responsible for recording their every hour activity with a lead pencil and ruler, which was indeed a time consuming process, as the time took in maintaining the log could have been spent on covering the miles efficiently. Obviously, those days’ truckers did not enjoy the luxury of keying notes on their iPads/Tabs.

Then in 1950’s, The Interstate Highway System was constructed and permitted the larger trucks to drive faster than the usual speed through rural areas, as well. However, as it is always meant, new rules imply new regulations and soon, trucks were told to follow the first federal maximum gross vehicle limit for trucks, set at 73,208 pounds (33,207 kg).

The decade of the 70s proved to be heyday for truck drivers and there was a dramatic rise in the popularity of “Trucker Culture”. Truck drivers were romanticized as modern-day cowboys and outlaws… stereotypes that even persist today. This year was pronounced as the most exciting year of trucking technology as CB radios were introduced. This device allowed the truckers to talk back and forth with other truckers and know about their whereabouts besides, road constructions and detours.

Another valuable invention during this time was a techno graph, which had the functionality of both speedometer and clock. Now, truckers sighed with relief, as they had the provision to keep a track on the hours spent on the road.

High level of competition spurred among the trucking companies by deregulation in the 80’s and companies which came out of the fight were the ones that delivered the products on time at unbeatable prices. The battle of competition was set into motion and an era of improvement in performance came into being. On-time delivery of goods and services, quality driving skills, electronic driver log and much more were an assurance for long-term success in trucking industry.

As 2000 slipped in, the ultimate goal was customer satisfaction. Advanced mobile communications technology spurred in with the availability of cell phone towers and Wi-Fi that made the commodities from expensive luxuries to day-to-day life necessity.

With the upgrading technology, manual work is converted into online business and this conversion has proved to be a positive one. Work load and time consumption are deducted and truckers can file their tax on time with and receive their schedule 1 copy in no time with IRS water mark embossed on it. We are proud to announce that we are the 1st IRS certified e-file providers for HVUT form 2290 in the year 2007. We also facilitate tax payers for preparing the International Fuel Tax Agreement IFTA forms online, not only that even claiming refunds on your truck taxes has been made more simple now  through our  online applications .

However our prime application stands as a one stop shop solution in order to cover all these truck related and other excise taxes online.

It is true that the technology has played a vital role in framing the world of trucking and bringing in dramatic improvements. A day on roll was never the same like before, which makes the career exciting and full of surprises. Happy Trucking!