Todd Dills

Freight niche transition — HHG to expedited with owner-operator Greg Huggins

Podcast: A talk with Greg Huggins, currently leased with a 2015 Cascadia straight truck to Landstar Express America, about his transition three years ago from two decades and more of household-moves hauling. And: A prediction on scale house inspectors after the ELD mandate.

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Weak links can hamper app-based ELDs

Many ELD systems based on smartphone or tablet apps fall in the category of “bring your own device.” Because most rely on cellular and Bluetooth connections, BYOD systems can be more prone to connectivity problems.

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POLL: Do you run with a dashcam or other camera on the truck?

Do you run with a dashcam or other camera system on the truck? Weigh in here.

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Sleek Fleet tech-enabled brokerage launches

Sleek Fleet LLC launched its web- and mobile-enabled brokerage, designed to directly connect owner-operators with shipper customers' loads. 

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Steve McNeal’s sleeper-/six-skid-box-outfitted custom ’17 Ford Transit expediter

Take a video run through a unit that, in a booth at the Expedite Expo (Load One's) that also included one of Brad Keselowski's actual NASCAR racecars, was getting the lion's share of the attention.

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Flatbed volumes/rates remain well above average, van holding, as midsummer rate doldrums loom

"The fireworks are over," says DAT's Ken Harper, but flat and van volumes remain above average for this time of year in the last week. At once, "rates slipped for vans as urgency around the end-of-quarter inventory moves, holiday shipments and Amazon Prime sales" fell off a bit.

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Out-of-service conditions related to ELDs

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s updated out-of-service criteria include those related to electronic logging devices. None are new OOS conditions. Rather, they’re footnotes related to current OOS conditions having to do with the hours of service, namely having no log book, having no previous seven days of logs and presenting a false log. All require putting the driver OOS for eight consecutive hours.

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Presenting logs with ELDs at roadside

Running with an e-logs device is one thing. Communicating e-log data to an inspector is quite another. With five months to go, states’ data transfer plans vary widely, and an ambitious federal program remains untested.

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Voices on ELDs, hours, pay as grassroots efforts begin to bear fruit

As news out of Congress shows some of the results of anti-ELD mandate forces speaking out, this voices round-up brings commentary under Max Heine's July "Pulse" column on what one reader dubbed "the real problem" at the root of ELD issues, hours. Not everyone agreed, some seeing rates/money as the more bedrock issue in all the back-and-forth over ELDs and hours. 

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First-ever Expediter of the Year award delivered at industry expo

Donating the $500 prize that came with the award to the St. Christopher Fund, Robert Burton, who hauls leased to V3 Transportation, embodied one of the giving quality his wife lauded him for in her nomination of him for the award.

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