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ELD mandate December 2017. Details and how to get yours.

Oct. 27, 2017

What is the ELD mandate?

The ELD rule is applied to most drivers and motor carriers who are required to prepare and retain a paper version of the RODS to comply with the HOS regulations under 49 CFR 395. According to the ELD mandate, eligible commercial drivers and motor carriers are required to implement ELDs by December 18, 2017 — which is the ELD mandate deadline.

How to get an ELD?

You are in luck because with Voyager Nation we can provide you with an ELD!

No device fee, no monthly fee.

Not ready for ELD? Not sure where to start? We will provide with training that is right for you.

If you want to get an ELD at NO COST then do not wait!

Call Agata @ (630) 473-3258, available Mon-Fri from 9am-4pm.

IFTA (3rd Quarter, 2017)

Oct. 27, 2017

Attention all drivers. 3rd. Quarter, 2017 IFTA is due April 30th, 2017. All trucks running with Voyagers IFTA license will be processed as usual. All others, please do not forget the deadline to file. Any questions about IFTA, please call Safety (630) 568-5911 ext 2

Operations during Hurricane Irma

Sep. 08, 2017

Attn: All Owner Operators, our operations are expected to run with very little to no interruptions. If for any reason you can’t reach our Tampa office please contact our Bridgeview office @ 630-568-5911 ext: 302 for safety, ext: 308 for dispatch, ext: 303 for accounting. All load info, schedules, and operations info will be forwarded to our emergency response team there. 
 
All owner-operators please stay safe and remember that no load is more important than you and people around you. If you are home in hurricane affected area please be safe and secure your equipment. Keep the gaps between parked trucks as little as you can, also check flood zone map for your area. This info is available on your county website. 
 
Please report your post-hurricane status to safety as soon as you can. 
Any questions or concerns? Please don’t hesitate to call us at any time.

2290 Highway Use Tax Due

Aug. 01, 2017

Attn Owner Operators. 2290 due date is August 31. Don’t miss it to avoid IRS fines and fees. The fee for 80,000 Lbs vehicle is $550. Anyone flying Voyager’s flag need help with filing or more info call 630-568-5911 ext: 301.

Toll violations UPDATE

May. 31, 2017

Attn to all Owner Operators using Voyager’s plates, please update your I-pass accounts to match the plate number on your trucks. All toll violations will be charged immediately with all the applicable fees, no exceptions. All repeating violations will have an additional $100 fee per violation regardless of the reasons. 

There is a certain amount of violations the account can have before causing IRP suspensions. This policy is not to rip someone off but to protect our IRP account and our contractors from unnecessary problems caused by plate suspensions.  Thank you for understanding.

ELDs and pre 1999 trucks.

Mar. 28, 2017

We came across a few Owner-Operators who plan to purchase pre-1999 trucks to avoid ELDs. We support your way of life on the road, and not necessarily agree with an ELD mandate. Many shippers will require commercial vehicles to have electronic logging devices to load them. It will be harder to load trucks without ELDs way before the deadline. If you chose to do it still, please at least wait to see how it is after the mandate, and if it is the way you want to proceed, you got all our support. We just don’t want you to waste money on something you will not be able to use to its fullest potential, and be stuck with something that is impossible to sell.

IFTA (1st. Quarter, 2017)

Mar. 28, 2017

Attn: all drivers. 1st. Quarter, 2017 IFTA is due April 30th, 2017. All trucks running with Voyagers IFTA license will be processed as usual. All others, please do not forget the deadline to file. Any questions about IFTA, please call Safety 630-568-5911 ext 2

KeepTruckin

Mar. 28, 2017

We invite all our owner operators to start using KeepTruckin app for hours of service logging. Just download an application on your cell phone and start using it, to ensure the easy transition to electronic logs. Please note that KeepTruckin app is not an ELD until actual ELD box connected to your trucks computer. Paper logs will be accepted from qualified drivers all the way until Dec. 17, 2017. 

ELD update.

Mar. 28, 2017

Electronic logging devices ELD’s from KT are currently available and can be installed at our Chicago and Tampa locations. Please call Safety Dept. to schedule the installation. We highly recommend not to wait for the deadline but will be accepting paper logs from approved drivers until the deadline.  

IRP Plates.

Mar. 28, 2017

All owner-operators renewing plates with Voyager, please make sure to receive a new registration before April 1st. 2017. Drivers who used company plates and decided to get your own, please return old plates with your paperwork and a copy of a new registration for your truck scheduled to send out April 3rd. 2017.

Insurance update! (Mar. 14, 2016)

Mar. 14, 2016

Attention all drivers, please make sure you have current insurance in your truck folder.
Old policy expired 3/4/2016. Contact safety department immediately if you don’t have a new certificate.

IRP Renewal (License plates renewal due date March 31, 2016) (Feb. 1, 2016)

Feb. 09, 2016

Attention all Owner Operators renewing plates through Voyager Nation Inc. please submit your 2290 to safety department by no later than Feb. 19th 2016.
Any IRP questions call (630) 568-5911 ext: 302 and talk to Agatha.
If you plan on getting your own plates, please be advised to call Illinois IRP (217) 785-1800 as soon as possible to schedule your appointment.
Do not wait until the last minute, do not get stuck with expired plates, last year some people who waited till the last days were not able to renew till end of April. Plan ahead.

2015 4th Quarter IFTA (Jan. 1 2016)

Jan. 08, 2016

2015, 4th Quarter IFTA is due by Jan 31, 2016.

For Owner Operators using Voyager Nation’s IFTA everything will be processed as usual.

For Owner Operators using their own IFTA in need of help to file, please contact Accounting @ (630) 568-5911 Ext: 303

Winter Driving Safety (Nov. 30, 2015)

Nov. 30, 2015

Winter is here with all the snow, fun and major holidays.
We sincerely hope you will enjoy all the nice things it has to offer.
However it brings some of the worst driving conditions and hazards to all the vehicles on the road. 
 
Here at Voyager we value safety and well being of all our drivers, their families and all the public we share the roads with.
There is no load more important than you, and everyone around you.
Here are some Voyager’s safety standards for winter driving:
 
 1. No load is more important than safety, no matter what.
 2. Do not let anyone pressure you.
      Call our safety dept at 630-568-5911 ext 2 if anyone does.
 3. Plan ahead.
 4. Check the weather forecast. 
 5. Bridges and overpasses freeze before roadway.
 6. Do not use cruise control if slippery.
 7. Do not risk. Even if everyone else is still going.
 8. If not 100% safe, just park and wait.
 9. Communicate any delays with your dispatcher. 
 10. Any delivery can be rescheduled, peoples lives cannot.

Operation Safe Driver BLITZ (Oct. 15, 2015)

Oct. 15, 2015

October 18-24 the CVSA will hold its annual Operation Safe Driver Week.
Law enforcement agencies across USA, Canada and Mexico will engage in heightened traffic safety enforcement aimed at unsafe driving by both commercial vehicle drivers and car drivers.
 
The most common citations and warnings issued to truck drivers during last years operation BLITZ were failure to use a seatbelt, speeding, failure to obey traffic control devices, improper lane change and following too closely.
Remember- a warning is just as bad as a ticket.
(http://www.voyagernation.com/articles/did-you-see-your-driving-record-lately/)
And of course keep your logbook current at all times! 

2015 3rd Quarter IFTA (Sept. 15 2015)

Sep. 15, 2015

2015, 3rd Quarter IFTA is due by Oct 31, 2015. For Owner Operators using Voyager Nation’s IFTA everything will be processed as usual. For Owner Operators using their own IFTA in need of help to file, please contact Accounting @ (630) 568-5911 Ext: 304

2290 due date August 31, 2015 (Aug. 1 2015)

Aug. 01, 2015

Heavy Highway Vehicle Use Tax Return (2290) is due by Aug 31, 2015.
If you need help filing, please contact our accounting @ ext: 303 or 304.
Official information and form can be found here:  
http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i2290.pdf 

2014 4th Quarter IFTA (Jan. 20 2015)

Jan. 20, 2015

2014 4th Quarter IFTA due date is January 31st 2015. For Owner Operators using Voyager Nation’s IFTA everything will be processed as usual.  For Owner Operators using their own IFTA in need of help to file, please contact Accounting @ (630) 568-5911 Ext: 304.

Increase your profits with your own trailer (Dec. 18 2014)

Dec. 18, 2014

So you are the successful owner operator, what’s next? There is always room for improvement. Buying and operating with your own trailer under Voyager’s “Owner operator with tractor and trailer” program will significantly increase your profits. Things you need to know before buying a trailer:

  • Age of trailer. Some shippers will not load a trailer older than 10 years old.
  • Plated trailer. (No plywood on the inside walls)
  • 53x110x102. (Do not limit yourself to something smaller)
  • No translucent roof. (Get a trailer with metal roof)
  • Swing doors. (Do not buy a trailer with roll-up doors)

If you have any other questions about this program for owner operators with own trailers, or how to choose a right trailer please contact us @ 855-839-5067 Ext: 302

Deer Hunting Season (Oct, 13 2014)

Oct. 13, 2014

It’s this time of the year again! Watch for deer on the roads. (Critical for October and November) Repairs after hitting a deer averages $10000.00 or even more in most cases. Stay safe out there.

Trailer Repair in Atlanta Area (Oct, 12 2014)

Oct. 12, 2014

Voyager Nation Inc. just made a deal with a trailer repair shop in Atlanta, GA area, if you experience any problems or need maintenance on the trailer on your way to or through Atlanta, GA please call Agata @ (630) 568-5911 Ext: 302.

Operation Safe Driver “BLITZ” (Oct, 8 2014)

Oct. 08, 2014

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance sponsored event will take place between October 19th and October 25th. During this week we will see a dramatic increase in police presence on highways as law enforcement agencies nationwide take to the roads to engage in safety enforcement. Officials will be focusing on traffic enforcement, roadside inspections and seatbelt violations.

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