Todd Dills

ELD data: Take control of yours to avoid IFTA, IRP audit fines

If you’re in the situation of many owner-operators and small fleets and looking to squeeze a little return-on-investment out of an ELD you may be forced to adopt, tread carefully with players new to the industry getting into the partial automation of IFTA/IRP data collection.

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Don’t get ‘beat up’ on rates: Strong service to keep the customer honest

This podcast talk with owner-operator Monte Wiederhold focuses in on the direct-customer base Wiederhold notes he’s been fortunate to maintain through the recent "ebb and flow" years of spotty freight and demand in the wider economy, and the emphasis on timely communication and dependability that's helped immensely to keep those customers.

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POLL: Is/was your father involved in trucking?

To what extent is trucking passed down father-to-son over the generations? In the poll, in advance of Father's Day this weekend, we want to know whether your father is/was a trucker in any capacity, whether a driver/O-O, fleet owner or something else?

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Spot market activity continues up for vans, reefers, amid Roadcheck effect on demand indicators

With Roadcheck cutting some truck posts, the van load-to-truck ratio hit its highest mark in three years, and van rates on the top 100 lanes rose to some of the highest prices seen in two years. Overall, posting activity was up overall as well.

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Four generations of fathers, sons power Penn.-based R.W. Smith Trucking

With Father's Day coming up, a question: Is/was your father involved in trucking, too? And: A guest profile of and "salute to a company "that’s been led for 85 years by successive generations of fathers and sons," Penn.-based R.W. Smith Trucking. 

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‘Not adding up’: Following Supreme Court’s hit to ELD challenge, owner-operators reckon with next steps

In the wake of the Supreme Court's official denial of OOIDA's appeal for it to throw out the ELD rule, attention turned to the Trump administration and, more closely, Congress. A bevy of readers faced down the reality of further limited options for an ELD challenge.

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POLL: Have you ever been through an IFTA or IRP audit?

How commonly state auditors review IFTA and IRP records of owner-operators is not widely known -- what's been your experience with audits of your International Fuel Tax Agreement filing or International Registration Plan records?

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Saturday round-up: Put a diaper on your dump; Video — Black Out military tribute rig at Rolling Thunder

The "Dumpster Diaper" company's product prevents leakage from some dump bodies/trailers, and video of Chuck Timbrook and military veterans' presentation of the colors ahead of the Rolling Thunder rally and ride two weekends back.

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Doft aims for greater freight transaction transparency

The start-up, launched last March, charges a $4.99 transaction fee to both shipper and carrier upon successful matching of loads via iOS shipper and driver apps.

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UPDATED: Music to truck by: Overdrive’s curated playlist

Our updated playlist here features music from emerging talents among drivers, great driving music, live tracks, podcast interviews with established artists and more.

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