Todd Dills

Some high notes for flatbeds amid seasonal spot market fall-off

Flatbed rates had a small rebound last week, amid seasonal declines across all segments. On the top 78 open-deck lanes, rates rose on 42 of them, while 31 declined. The other five were neutral.

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ELDs and the detention quagmire

Rico Muhammad's reefer freight operation, based in Atlanta, is comprised of two trucks operating primarily in the Southeast and sometimes outside the region. He names detention's operational quagmire as perhaps the principal issue for owner-operators moving to ELDs.

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Roundup: DPFs and fire, football and truck stops

A lawsuit filed by the Alliance for California Business pushes again against the California Air Resources Board's emissions regs over the issue of DPF safety and fires. Plus: NFL rookie of the year Dak Prescott's connection to trucking.

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ELDs’ early adopters face productivity, operational challenges

Examining the operational impacts of fully engine-connected electronic logging devices both positive and negative -- adopted by these independents and leased small fleets/operators, well ahead of the ELD mandate.

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Getloaded load board consolidated in DAT network

DAT says the move expands its load-board offerings to include a greater diversity of equipment types and loads from specialized brokers.

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North Dakota contemplating 80-mph speed limit

How fast is fast enough? Revisiting the question in light of a potential boost in speed limits to 80 mph in North Dakota, and more on Trump's two-for-one out/in regulatory order ...

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Weekly spot freight update: Reefer, van volumes still strong compared to 2016

The normal seasonal slow-down has been leading to lower demand and lower rates, but van volumes continue to look solid compared to 2016 in the spot market. And: How to maximize Cleveland-to-Chicago via Fort Wayne.

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New Comdata, KeepTruckin partnership

KeepTruckin's smartphone/tablet-based ELD is now available via Comdata's small-trucking-business-focused MyFleet Program.

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PTDI, others: A behind-the-wheel minimum is ‘critical’ for effective training rule

Just why did FMCSA exclude a behind-the-wheel minimum from its entry level training rule? Answers explored here, with views from another call for the agency to reconsider the rule to include a BTW minimum.

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POLL: Does the Entry Level Driver Training rule need a behind-the-wheel minimum?

FMCSA's removal of the behind-the-wheel minimum number of hours in their proposed pre-CDL training rule has caused a stir among drivers, training organizations and others. What's your view on the rule and whether that minimum (or another) should be included?

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