Todd Dills

Roadcheck rates effect in evidence on spot market, with attendant volume surge

Rates got "a shot in the arm" last week as Roadcheck slowed trucking down, affecting capacity overall through the week. Close looks at dry van, reefer demand geographically here, as freight volume continued to pick up overall.

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Got hitchhiker? What to do to prevent rabies spread

The raccoon can certainly be "a charismatic species," but their accidental transport over long distances can break through the USDA's local/regional oral rabies vaccine barriers. What to do if you pick up a stowaway.

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Mailbag: ELD choice — ‘wait and see’ mode a hope for common sense?

Among other voices responding to recent ELD market, privacy reports: "Most experienced, knowledgeable professionals still hold out hope that some common sense will prevail in the government to recognize any positive impact on safety will not be due to the implementation of ELDs."...

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E-log transition, finale: ‘I will survive’ –Wes Memphis

A final report from Wes Memphis: "...like we survived the CDL, the TWIC Card, the emissions-compliant motors, the hazmat fingerprinting, the demise of the old-school truck stop, the erosion of civility, the death of Claude Akins ...."

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APU weight-exemption guide, state by state

Wide variability in state law governing weight exemptions for owner-operators utilizing APUs is what drove the creation of this chart, showing just what states allow for the 400- or 550-lb. federally encouraged weight exemptions.

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Spot market 2016: No post-Memorial Day slump in rates

Spot market rates continued their upward trend after the holiday. The Sun Belt is still showing strength, as last week, and the Midwest continues to improve. California volumes are holding.

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POLL: Have hours of service violations been an issue for your business?

With more states showing evidence of ramping up hours of service enforcement in recent years, have violations been an issue for your business?

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Owner-operator using ELDs finds operational benefit

After some time on ELDs, Gary Buchs doesn't exactly sing the praises of the devices, but he does maintain that utilizing ELDs for hours of service recording has freed him in some ways to better dispatch himself and focus on profitable loads and operation generally.

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ELD market: The ‘wait-and-see’ approach to implementation

A third of owner-operators surveyed indicate they would wait a considerable time -- most pending outcome of OOIDA's lawsuit -- before making a decision on just what to do relative to ELD acquisition.

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Picking an ELD amid a crowded market, uncertain government registry

Unless the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s lawsuit derails the electronic logging device mandate, you’ll need to use an ELD by Dec. 16, 2017, with some exceptions. Most notable is owning a truck with a 1999 or earlier model year, though there are others (see the following link and the sidebar below): Owner-operators leasing to large fleets are most likely to use, if they don’t already, systems selected by those fleets. However, independents leased to smaller operations, ...

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