Todd Dills

Better rates: Employee drivers need fair-labor protection, reader argues

A prescription for improved rates long-term -- a reader argues for federal wage protection for company drivers.

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Stay on top of your driving data

Audio and more from attorney Rob Moseley: Failure to manage data routinely could lead to situations not at all uncommon that put the trucker at a distinct disadvantage when accused of fault after a crash.

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Post-crash litigation: Cameras and ELD evidence

Much of the monitoring equipment that many larger carriers are investing in -- from cameras to ELDs -- also gives them a critical edge in legal disputes.

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Dodging the ambulance chasers

Since the advent of CSA, high-dollar jury awards for truck accident victims have been growing. This means higher risk and insurance costs, especially for independents.

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E-log transition epilogue: Wes Memphis answers your questions

After Wes Memphis' final piece is his multipart narrative of the first couple of months following his fleet's transition to e-logs, a few questions came in specific to his operation. In this epilogue to his dispatches, Memphis takes a moment to answer a couple of them.

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Detention data collection phase, regulatory process under way

As required by the FAST Act, DOT will report "on the impact of loading and unloading delays" on the economy, transport efficiency, safety and driver pay/income. Efforts could hold import for hours, detention pay in future.

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Rates hall of shame 2015: Bottom 10 U.S. states for outbound freight

Lookback on 2015 rates: As pricing fell off, these 15 states in van, flat and reefer segments ended the year with the worst rates for outbound loads, averaged over the year. Also: Examine interactive heat maps for regions showing better rates.

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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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