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Beacon is hiring qualified drivers in Nashville and our surrounding service area. Please note we do not service the Northeast. Become a Driver

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We are based out of Nashville, TN with emphasis in the Southeast, Midwest, and Southwest.
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Our History

Beacon Transport, LLC is a Nashville truckload carrier company founded in June 2000 by Stan Pritchett and David Burns. Their goal was to create a successful truckload company by utilizing their years of combined experience in the transportation industry.

Our Mission

It is the mission of Beacon Transport to develop and maintain a respectable, profitable reputation as a valuable truckload carrier. In order to achieve this goal, the company has built an office staff that is comprised of dedicated and experienced employees who provide the best customer service and dispatch services available.

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Beacon Transport has partnered with the EPA SmartWay® Program in order to continue and to improve our commitment to decrease emissions. We do this by investing in the latest technologies, such as, latest engine technology, electric APU’s, diesel powered APU’s, and diesel fired cab heaters to reduce idle.

SmartWay® is an EPA program that reduces transportation-related emissions by creating incentives to improve supply chain fuel efficiency.

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  • Dot Regulations for Truck Drivers in 2017

    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced a new federal rule that is to take effect on December 16, 2017. This new rule will require any truck driver operating a vehicle made in 2000 or after begin using electronic logging devices (ELDs) to keep records of their duty status. The use of ELDs will eliminate the need to keep and maintain paper logs; however, drivers will still be required to maintain supporting documentation which must also be submitted to their carrier or kept on file (for owner-operators). The rule also iterates specific safeguards against driver harassment via ELDs as well as hardware specs and details about the required supporting documentations that each truck driver must continue to keep even after the mandate is in place. It is estimated by the FMCSA that this new regulation will save the trucking industry approximately $1 billion each year, almost exclusively thanks to the time and money saved not having to do paperwork anymore. The administration also believes it will make truck driving safer for everyone involved. ELD Mandates The specific details of the ELD mandate require that all truck drivers operating a vehicle dated 2000 or newer keep records of duty status. This does not apply to drivers who keep records of duty status in eight or fewer out of every 30 working days, drivers who operate in a drive-away and tow-away capacity, or any truck driver operating a vehicle with a model year older than the year 2000. ELD devices must be installed and in use no later than December 16, 2017. Device Specs ELDs meeting the minimum standards mandated in the new rule will not be used to track a driver or vehicle in real-time, nor will they be required to include driver-carrier communication capabilities. They must, however, be capable of automatically recording the date, time, location information, number of engine hours, vehicle miles and identification of the driver using the device. Additionally, each ELD must sync with the engine of its vehicle to capture engine on and off time. Compliant devices must also be capable of transferring data on-demand during any roadside inspections. Lastly, the rule requires that ELDs “present a graph grid of a driver’s daily duty status changes,” either on the actual units themselves or in printouts. Supporting Documentation While drivers using ELDs will no longer be required to maintain paper logs, they must still maintain a maximum of eight supporting documents (either paper or electronic) for every 24-hour period that involves on-duty time. These supporting documents must be submitted to the truck driving carrier within 13 days of their receipt, and carriers must retain them, along with duty status records, for a period of six months. Supporting documentation includes: Bills of lading Itineraries Schedules Documents showing trip origin and destination Dispatch records Trip records (or similar) Expense receipts Electronic mobile communication records sent via fleet management systems Payroll records Settlement sheets (or similar documents showing what/how a truck driver was paid) Protection Against Driver Harassment A similar mandate slated for a 2012 implementation was tossed out of court due to its lack of protection against the potential use of the devices to harass drivers. As a result, the FMCSA’s new rule specifies that it is illegal for truck driving carriers to use the devices in this manner. It specifically addresses any action against a truck driver that a carrier “knew or should have known” would have interrupted the driver’s off-duty time. Punishment for such an offense includes hefty fines. There is a system in place that drivers can use to report abuse of this rule. For more on trucking industry news and updates, check out our blog or contact us today.  
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  • The Future of Trucking, as Imagined by Bosch

    We’re not there yet, but the future of trucking as predicted by Mobility Solutions, the largest business sector of automotive supplier, Bosch Group, is pretty radical. And it’s within our grasp. Major changes in how drivers interact with commercial vehicles, the road, logistics, and technology are vast and imminent.   In a statement issued by Robert Bosch GmbH, Dr. Markus Heyn, a member of the board of management, stated, “The truckers of the future will go from being drivers to serving as logistics managers.” The current BLS job description for truckers reads, “Heavy and tractor-trailer truck drivers transport goods from one location to another. Most tractor-trailer drivers are long-haul drivers and operate trucks with a gross vehicle weight (GVW) capacity—that is, the combined weight of the vehicle, passengers, and cargo—exceeding 26,000 pounds. These drivers deliver goods over intercity routes, sometimes spanning several states.” In short, a driver’s job is to drive. In stark contrast to today’s job description, Bosch predicts that the typical job description for truckers of tomorrow will read, “[Truckers will] perform key freight forwarding tasks, including checking transport status via cloud, responding to e-mails, organizing routes, and adjusting them to take on additional cargo. Ideal candidate: a team player with good multitasking capabilities – confidence in using new media a must!” Shockingly, the word “driver” is conspicuously absent. The description was released as part of Bosch’s latest study, the “VisionX” concept study, which was unveiled at the 66th annual IAA Commercial Vehicles in Hannover, Germany. The IAA is the world’s leading fair for mobility, transportation, and logistics. The “VisionX” concept study demonstrated the full range of commercial vehicle capabilities as imagined in the year 2026. The company imagines a fully-connected truck that runs on highly efficient diesel fuel, electricity, and, in some cases, may even feature automated driving. The company predicts that this will allow drivers to see to route-planning, paperwork, and to take needed safety breaks. “The truck of the future will be a 40-ton smart device on wheels,” noted Heyn. Bosch afforded visitors to the IAA Commercial Vehicles show the opportunity to take a seat behind the wheel of the futuristic “VisionX” concept. Drivers, CEOs, industry insiders, and enthusiasts engaged with an interactive animated feature that allowed them to experience the company’s vision of the future of trucking. Some of the key features rely on current trucking technology like: In-cabin displays and intuitive touchscreens. Fuel economy-boosting digital side-view mirrors. Connected horizon advanced cruise control systems with real-time data and topographical information which will take traffic congestion and even weather conditions into engine and transmission management. Digital camera systems to identify, classify, and locate objects near the truck Bosch Servotwin electro-hydraulic active response steering systems Electrical hybrid powertrains which can cut fuel consumption by up to 6% As the “VisionX” is an early concept, specifics regarding powertrain, range, and horsepower have not been released by the company. To learn more about the future of trucking, or to join our growing community of professional truck drivers, contact us.    
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  • What is SmartWay?

    SmartWay is a program sponsored by the EPA that helps transportation, freight, and logistics companies advance supply chain sustainability by measuring, benchmarking, and freight transportation efficiency. On October 3, the American Trucking Association congratulated companies that participate in the EPA program and ATA President and CEO, Chris Spear noted, “EPA’s SmartWay Transport Partnership is a model of industry and government cooperation. We hope that SmartWay will continue to be a tremendous example of how business and government can work together and how our industry can reduce fuel use and greenhouse emissions. I congratulate the industry leaders who EPA is honoring here today and especially those leaders who are part of our association.” Transportation companies who partner with the EPA SmartWay program are committed to reducing emissions and improving efficiency by investing in fuel- and time-saving technologies. The program’s three core components are the SmartWay Transport Partnership, the SmartWay Brand, and SmartWay Global Collaboration. The EPA’s SmartWay website describes the key components as follows: SmartWay Transport Partnership Transportation companies partner with the EPA to measure, benchmark and improve logistics so they can minimize their carbon footprint while delivering the same (or better) level of services and goods throughout the country. The SmartWay Brand Through SmartWay technology verification and branding, EPA has accelerated availability, adoption and market penetration of fuel-saving technologies and operational practices while helping companies save fuel, lower costs and reduce adverse environmental impacts. SmartWay Global Collaboration EPA works with a broad range of national and global organizations to harmonize global carbon accounting methods in the freight sector. SmartWay also provides support to global policy makers that wish to model transportation sustainability programs after the SmartWay program. How the SmartWay Program Works The SmartWay program is a cost-free program that helps transportation companies as follows: The Benefits of Becoming a SmartWay Partner SmartWay is a cost-free program that benefits not only transportation companies, but also the American economy and the environment. Companies like Beacon Transport enjoy the benefits of being a SmartWay Partner by tracking efficiency and accurate carbon accounting; demonstrating their commitment to clients and customers by proving that metrics matter; measuring results and benchmarking progress to see how their results compare to others in the industry; identifying weaknesses and correcting operational inefficiencies; learning about the latest innovations in sustainability and best practices; providing business intelligence to promote the trucking industry; and gain recognition for achievements in the industry. SmartWay by the Numbers The numbers are impressive. Launched in 2004 with only 50 participating companies and organizations, there are now more than 3000 partners and affiliates throughout the country. Participants have cut $24.9 billion dollars in fuel costs and have saved 170.3 million barrels of oil — the equivalent of eliminating annual energy use in over 6 million homes. And since 2004 72.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, 1458 tons of mononitrogen oxides and 59,000 tons of particulate matter have not been released into the atmosphere (SmartWay). Learn more about Beacon Transport’s commitment to efficiency and the environment by contacting us today.
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  • White House Sets New Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Trucks

    Within 10 years, trucks in the United States will produce 10% less carbon dioxide and consume 10% less fuel. For those in the trucking industry, the recent announcement isn’t a surprise. In fact, more than four years ago, President Obama addressed workers at a North Carolina truck factory, announcing that $1bn in tax credits and grants for energy efficient and alternative-energy cars and heavy trucks was making its way through Congress. According to the 2012 article, published in The Guardian, Obama stated, “We can’t just keep on relying on the old ways of doing business. We can’t just rely on fossil fuels from the last century. We’ve got to continually develop new sources of energy.” Since then, Daimler Trucks of North America unveiled the revolutionary new Freightliner SuperTruck and just last month, the Obama administration finalized new fuel-economy standards heavy-duty vehicles, including tractor trailers, that will greatly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower our nation’s dependence on fossil fuels.   More About the New, Phase 2 Fuel Economy Standards for Large Trucks, Semis, and Buses In August, The Washington Post reported that, “The new requirements affect a class of vehicles that includes school buses, large pickups, delivery and passenger vans, garbage trucks and long-haul tractor-trailers. These heavy- and medium-duty vehicles represent only about 5 percent of total highway traffic but account for 20 percent of transportation-related fuel consumption and carbon emissions. Administration officials said they expect that when the new standards are fully implemented in coming years, they will cut more than 1 billion tons of carbon pollution from the atmosphere, save nearly $170 billion in fuel costs and reduce oil consumption by an estimated 84 billion gallons.” Trucks.com, a website that chronicles changes in the technology and regulations that shape the trucking industry, reports that, “The 1,690-page document…is intended to slash CO2 emissions by approximately 1.1 billion metric tons over the lifetime of the vehicles sold under the program, or about a 25 percent reduction compared to the current rules.” The site went on to note: “The new regulations received a ‘cautious’ endorsement from the American Trucking Associations. ‘We are pleased that our concerns such as adequate lead-time for technology development, national harmonization of standards, and flexibility for manufacturers have been heard and included in the final rule,’ said Glen Kedzie, ATA’s vice president and environmental expert. ‘However, while the potential for real cost savings and environmental benefits under this rule are there – fleets will ultimately determine the success or failure of this rule based on their comfort level purchasing these new technologies,’” However, leaders from enterprise level companies that rely on long-distance truckers to transport goods to all corners of the country, applaud the new regulations. Pepsi, Walmart, Waste Management, and FedEx — all major players in the trucking transportation industry — have applauded the new efforts. Which makes sense, as reducing costs increases profits. That these new regulations are good for both the environment and for the economy just happen to be an added bonus. To learn more about changes in the trucking industry or to become part of a growing community of trucking professionals, contact us.     Image Source: http://www.truckersamerica.com/home/freightliner-maps-long-road-ahead-for-autonomous-trucks
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2015 Driver of the Year

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M. Haefele

We are proud to announce our 2015 Driver of the Year.

Congratulations M!

Driver of the Month – October 2016

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Jeffrey Short
We are proud to introduce the Driver of the Month for October 2016, Mr. Jeffrey Short.  Jeffrey has been employed with Beacon since May 2014.  His CB handle is “Shorty”.  He is originally from Lewisburg, TN.  Jeffrey is married to Marybeth. They have two children: Ashley, age 28 and Kelsey, age 26. He enjoys college football, Nascar, hunting and is a huge Cubs fan! He also enjoys spending time at home with his wife and their two grandkids: Rayne and Jace. He also enjoys taking care of his sister, Ann.  We appreciate the outstanding job Jeffrey is doing for Beacon Transport.

Congratulations Jeffrey!