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Canal Insurance: Broker of Record Guidelines

At our General Agent Partners Meeting, Dave Pauly and the Senior Management Team released several updates on new policies and procedures. This eBlast is one of a series that will cover the topics discussed, answering many of the questions posed during the meeting.  The following points outline what is required for a BOR/AOR letter to be considered acceptable, how Canal accepts that letter, and other requirements for current and future accounts with Canal.

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Cost of Congestion to the Trucking Industry


Trucks transported nearly 10 billion tons of freight representing over two-thirds (68.8 percent) of total domestic tonnage shipped1, and traveled more than 279 billion miles on the nation’s roadway network in 2014.2 Due to the critical role of safe and reliable truck movements in sustainable economic growth, it is essential to continually monitor and evaluate the efficiency of the national roadway system. A key impediment to nimble supply chains is the level of traffic congestion experienced on U.S. roadways, and the subsequent costs that are incurred due to this congestion.

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This form must be filed electronically by all for-hire motor carriers and private motor carriers operating commercial motor vehicles (CMVs), brokers, freight forwarders, hazardous materials safety permit applicants, cargo tank facilities, and intermodal equipment providers operating in interstate or foreign commerce. A new applicant must file the Form MCSA-1 before beginning operations. In addition, all for-hire motor carriers, brokers and freight forwarders must file this form electronically to notify the Agency of a transfer of operating authority registration and provide a copy of the operating authority registration being transferred. All supplemental documents should be scanned and uploaded as appropriate. A transferee of operating authority registration must complete the entire Form MCSA-1 to obtain a USDOT Number if it does not currently have one. All entities must use this form to update their information as required.

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Tommy’s Blog 7-21-2016 Update on URS

Blog by Tommy Ruke, The King Pin – Leading Expert in Truck Insurance

Update on URS 

For those of you who read my blog last week concerning the URS, hopefully you noted where I often said, “if the government meets their time line”. Well they did not. Thanks to Greg Feary of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson and Feary we got an early notice of the delay. A lot of you might have this information already. I am sure we will receive more details from the FMCSA, which I will share with you. I did want you to know what we knew as soon as possible. Here is the information I was furnished:

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Tommy’s Blog – Update on URS – 7-21-2016


Tommy Ruke Blog – Nov 2015


Most of you have heard me say: “Always Blame the Government” at educational presentations. The government is at it again. What Congress starts and passes will have an impact on an insurance provider underwriting a motor carrier.

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Tommys Blog – Always Blame the Government


Canal Newsletter – Summer 2015

“I’ve worked with other carriers who just were ‘high maintenance’ – they wanted to tell us what to do and how to do it, but with little regard for feasibility in the ‘real’ day-to-day operations of our own business,” says Sheri Stuart, safety and personnel manager at Metro Xpress in Wichita, Kansas.
Having worked with Canal for nearly five years, Stuart appreciates a change in approach. Describing Canal as knowledgeable about claims, particularly larger losses, and on-top of liability issues, she has come to rely on Canal’s valuable safety resources.

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CanalConnections Newsletter Summer 2015

Tommy Ruke Blog – Crashes Not on Loss Runs



There is a difference between what a DOT reportable crash is and an accident that is reported on an insurance carrier’s loss runs.

A DOT reported crash is a crash that occurs on public highways, investigated by a DOT officer caused by a CMV with one or more of the following factors: There was a fatality, one or more persons have to have medical treatment away from the crash site (think ambulance) or one or more of the vehicles involved cannot move away from the site on their own (think wrecker). Note there is no consideration for fault, just these factors.

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Tommys Blog Crashes Not on Loss Runs

Tommy Ruke Blog – December 2014 Thoughts

I had a call from Representative Barletta’s office concerning the letter that I wrote last month and shared with you. I relayed that I felt the insurance industry is a stakeholder in the discussion and we talked about our input. She asked to be kept abreast of the MCIEF activities.

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Tommy Blog 122014

Tommy Ruke Blog – Thoughts on Current Readings

 Thoughts on Current Readings

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last blog. I’ve been on the road with programs and my 50th college reunion. Getting ready for the Annual Conference on the 16th and 17th. SOLD OUT! Wow! The second Annual Conference will have over 180 people in Orlando. I look forward to seeing everyone again.

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Tommy Ruke Blog Oct 2014

Secrets of Better Fuel Economy

Understanding Fuel Economy

The importance of fuel economy to the successful operation of a trucking company cannot be understated. Fuel is one of the largest variable costs in a trucking venture, and, while no trucking operation can control the cost of fuel, it has at least some control over the amount or rate of consumption.

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Secrets of Better Fuel Economy