Fleet management and trucking industry glossary
From "Accessorial service" to "Yard mule" and everything in-between, make sense of the technical terms and colorful slang frequently used within the trucking industry.
Federal Communications Commission.
Federal Insurance Contribution Act (Social Security).
A coupling that connects a semi-trailer to a tractor.
Carrier costs that don’t fluctuate due to an increase or decrease in traffic; a common accounting classification, also referred to as fixed operation costs.
A device that is permanently mounted to a vehicle's dashboard; it records vehicle data through a connection to the data bus.
A semi-trailer without sides; also called a float.
A mobile phone form factor in which the device is comprised of two or more sections that open on a hinge.
A semi-trailer without sides; also called a flat bed.
Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; established within the DOT in 2000, the FMCSA is charged with preventing commercial motor vehicle crashes, injuries and fatalities.
Free on board (FOB)
Identifies which shipping and loading costs are paid by the shipper and which are paid by the receiver, as well as where responsibility for the freight is transferred from shipper to receiver.
Any period in which goods will be stored before charges are applied.
Any shipment, which is delivered to the incorrect terminal or miscarried and then forwarded to the correct terminal free of charge.
Payment due for transportation of goods by a carrier.
Any truck trailer that features wheels on both the front and back end.
Furniture van body
Most often of drop frame construction, any truck body specifically designed to transport furniture or household goods.
Federal Unemployment Tax Act.