Trucking Business Services

Trip Sheet Central (TSC) is a truck-business management suite designed specifically for Truck Carrier Operations. It is ideal for lease and owner-operators, fleet-owners and company drivers.

Whether you're looking for a simple do-it-yourself book-keeping solution, or a full-service accounting service, we can customize a package to meet your bookkeeping, fuel tax reporting, business consulting, coaching and mentoring needs.

Bookkeeping / Fuel Tax Reporting

Our bookkeeping services keep your financials current to help you review how your business is performing, and make sound business decisions.

TSC will organize and maintain your:

  • Trucking Trip Sheets
  • Income/Expense Statements
  • Profit/Loss Statements
  • Accounting Statements
  • Quarterly IFTA Tax Reporting
  • IRP Mileage Reports
  • Other Custom reports
  • General book-keeping
  • Fleet/Equipment Maintenance Records

If you need to setup your own trucking business or add to your MC Authority checkout TSC Authority

Call us today for a free business analysis: (800) 644-2040

8 Key Reasons Why Many Trucking Businesses Fail

Trip Sheet Central provides professional bookkeeping services, and IFTA (Fuel) Tax reporting for small to medium-sized truck fleets, business owners, lease/owner-operators and independent truck drivers.

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  1. Lack of planning

    Running a trucking business is just like running any other type of business, but with many different regulations to work with; and a very unique type of client-base.

    It's not enough just to hold a CDL; --as a business owner you need careful planning, and help from various professionals to build a good foundation

  2. Poor Management

    Enlist the services of a professional management team, or a bookkeeping service to help you keep the numbers straight.

    This is one of the weakest points in many small businesses, including trucking. If you don't know where the money goes, or how much is coming in--you are less likely to manage the business well.

  3. Low cash-flow

    Cash-flow issues tend to be a combination of several factors such as: not enough customers or business, low-paying freight, high costs of operations, too many unpaid invoices, etc.

    Identify strategies to improve or manage your business' cash flow, or get help from a business manangement service.

  4. No collection strategy

    Whether your small trucking business is sailing smoothly, treading water or moving against a strong tide during these tough economic times, having a reliable collection strategy is key to maintaining enough cash flow to remain profitable.

    Learn more about this here

  5. Low paying freight – no knowledge of market rates

    No business can thrive for long when costs of operation are higher than incoming revenue
    Check your profit/loss statements, cash-flow or income/expense statements to review whether your business is profitable. Are the numbers what you would like to see?

    Consider paying a freight/load service to get better paying freight, or adjust your quotes. Also make sure you are getting paid all fuel and weight surcharges on every load

  6. Failure to stay compliant – resulting in fines and being shut down by DOT

    If you practice staying compliant and encourage safe driving from your drivers, you are more likely to avoid all the headaches that come with being non-compliant.

    Have a written safety plan, procedures for staying legal, and provide regular training/refresher courses to drivers. Avoid business shortcuts --there are none

  7. Partner with the wrong people

    Business partnerships tend to ruin friendships; --avoid them
    If you must enter a partnership, make sure you have an operating agreement, properly documented business documents, and an exit strategy.

    If it's not on paper, maybe it's not for real -just sayin'

  8. No professional help

    Let's face it- how many business owners are also accountants, safety managers, marketing gurus, etc? Not many.

    As a business owner, one of your top jobs is finding and hiring the right people for the job, or getting a service meet the needs you cannot do well on your own.

    Seek advice from the right places – double-check any business advice.

Do you know your BASIC?

Trip Sheet Central

The Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program of the FMCSA was designed to weed out as many as 5 percent, or 150,000, of the country's 3 million or so long-haul truck drivers they believe are involved in a disproportionately high number of truck accidents and fatalities.

CSA uses a complex scoring system to rate the nearly 700,000 DOT-registered interstate trucking companies on seven "Behavior Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories", known as "BASICs."

The seven (7) BASIC categories are

  1. Unsafe Driving - Operation of commercial motor vehicles (CMVs) by drivers in a dangerous or careless manner. Example violations: Speeding, reckless driving, improper lane change, and inattention. (FMCSR Parts 392 and 397)
  2. Fatigued Driving (Hours-of-Service) - Operation of CMVs by drivers who are ill, fatigued, or in non-compliance with the Hours-of-Service (HOS) regulations. This BASIC includes violations of regulations pertaining to logbooks as they relate to HOS requirements and the management of CMV driver fatigue. Example violations: Exceeding HOS, maintaining an incomplete or inaccurate logbook, and operating a CMV while ill or fatigued. (FMCSR Parts 392 and 395)
  3. Driver Fitness - Operation of CMVs by drivers who are unfit to operate a CMV due to lack of training, experience, or medical qualifications. Example violations: Failure to have a valid and appropriate commercial driver's license (CDL) and being medically unqualified to operate a CMV. (FMCSR Parts 383 and 391)
  4. Controlled Substances/Alcohol - Operation of CMVs by drivers who are impaired due to alcohol, illegal drugs, and misuse of prescription or over-the-counter medications. Example violations: Use or possession of controlled substances/alcohol. (FMCSR Parts 382 and 392)
  5. Vehicle Maintenance - Failure to properly maintain a CMV. Example violations: Brakes, lights, and other mechanical defects, and failure to make required repairs. (FMCSR Parts 393 and 396)
  6. Cargo-Related - Failure to properly prevent shifting loads, spilled or dropped cargo, overloading, and unsafe handling of hazardous materials on a CMV. Example violations: Improper load securement, cargo retention, and hazardous material handling. (FMCSR Parts 392, 393, 397 and HM Violations)
  7. Crash Indicator - Histories or patterns of high crash involvement, including frequency and severity. It is based on information from State-reported crashes.

A carrier's measurement for each BASIC depends on the following:

  1. The number of adverse safety events (violations related to that BASIC or crashes)
  2. The severity of violations or crashes
  3. Date when the adverse safety events occurred (more recent events are weighted more heavily)

Carriers are scored in each category. The worse the carrier's performance -the higher the score. Warning letters are sent to fleets with scores above 65 (60 for HazMat carriers).

What’s the Code?

Detroit Diesel

Fault Codes for Detroit Diesel Series 60 Engines

Have you ever wondered what those engine codes mean when you have a check-engine light on in your truck?

Well, wonder no more because the following codes are supplied as a trouble-shooting guide for mechanics. These codes are not for the faint-of-heart, and you should always have your truck serviced by a qualified professional

  • These codes are for your reference only. Detroit Diesel Series 60 Engines only
  • Please note: Codes 43, 44, and 45 are critical codes and if they are shown, the Stop Engine Light will come on which causes the engine protections to engage and your engine may shut down.
  • All other codes will cause the Check Engine Light to come on which will not engage the engine protections and will allow the engine to continue running.
  • If any of these codes are shown, please contact the nearest Detroit Diesel service center.
Flash CodeDescription
11VSG Sensor Input Voltage Low
12VSG Sensor Input Voltage High
13Coolant level Sensor (CLS) Voltage Low
14Oil or Coolant Temperature Sensor (OTS or CTS) Voltage High
15Oil or Coolant Temperature Sensor (OTS or CTS) Voltage Low
16Coolant Level Sensor (CLS) Voltage High
17Bypass or Throttle, Valve Position Sensor Input Voltage High
18Bypass or Throttle, Valve Position Sensor Input Voltage Low
21Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Voltage High
22Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) Voltage Low
23Fuel Temperature Sensor (FTS) Voltage High
24Fuel Temperature Sensor (FTS) Voltage Low
25No Codes
26Auxiliary Engine Shutdown #1 or #2 Input Active
27Air Inlet or Intake Air, Temperature Sensor Input Volage High
28Air Inlet or Intake Air, Temperature Sensor Input Volage Low
31Engine Brake Output Open Circuit or Short to Ground
32CEL or SEL Short to Battery or Open Circuit
33Turbo Boost Sensor (TBS) Voltage High
34Turbo Boost Sensor (TBS) Voltage Low
35Oil Pressure Sensor (OPS) Voltage High
36Oil Pressure Sensor (OPS) Voltage Low
37Fuel Pressure Sensor (FPS) Voltage High
38Fuel Pressure Sensor (FPS) Voltage Low
41Timing Reference Sensor (TRS)
42Synchronous Reference Sensor (SRS)
43Low Coolant
44Oil or Coolant High Temperature
45Low Oil Pressure
46Low Battery Voltage
47Fuel, Air Inlet, or Turbo Boost Pressure High
48Fuel or Air Inlet Pressure Low
51EEPROM Error
52ECM - Analog to Digital Failure
53EEPROM Non-Volatile Memory Failure
54Vehicle Speed Sensor Fault
55J1939 Data Link Failure
56J1587 Data Link Failure
57J1922 Data Link Failure
61Injector Response Time Too Long
62Auxiliary Output Short ot Battery or Open Circuit or Mech Fault
63PWM Drive Short to Battery or Open Circuit
64Turbo Speed Sensor Input Fault
65Throttle Valve Position Input Fault
66Engine Knock Sensor Input Fault
67Coolant or Air Inlet Pressure Sensor Input Voltage High
68Idle Validation Switch Open Circuit or Short to Ground
71Injector Response Time Too Short
72Vehicle Overspeed
73Gas Valve Position Input Fault or ESS Fault
74Optimized Idle Safety Look Short to Ground
75ECM Battery Voltage High
76Engine Overspeed with Engine Brake
77Fuel Temperature High
81Dual Fuel BOI or Exhaust Temperature Voltage High
82Dual Fuel BOI or Exhaust Temperature Voltage Low
83Exhaust Temperature or External Pump Pressure High
85Engine Overspeed
86External Pump Pressure Sensor Input Voltage High
87External Pump Pressure Sensor Input Voltage Low