Todd Dills

Income and ELDs: The ‘rest of the story’ with Wes Memphis

Guest-blogger Wes Memphis returns to Channel 19: "Well, year one of e-logs is officially in the books, and what a year it was. Anyone care to guess how much money I lost in 2016 compared to 2015?" ... The answer may well surprise you.

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A word to Congress, Trump administration on ELDs from Vance Vergon

Anybody else miss a 30-minute break this week? Here's hoping everyone's getting a longer break this weekend. Take a load off with a note to Congress from Vance Vergon and a run back through recent ELD news.

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Dodging the middleman: On-demand freight matching progress report

On-demand load-matching services are seeing some success circumventing traditional brokers, promising gains for owner-operators in rates, freight availability and productivity. While no one service will be ‘Uber for all’ in the fragmented brokerage market, technology used by services large and small is moving in the same direction.

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Telogis/Mack offer telematics free trial

Mack models equipped with MP engines and GuardDog Connect hardware built after 2014 are eligible for the free trial, and up to 10 trucks per customer can be included. All features of Telogis Fleet for Mack, including e-logs, are available during the free trial period,

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CVSA 2017 out-of-service criteria changes go into effect April 1

Few significant changes from years past have been made, but new out-of-service conditions related to the electronic logging device mandate's December enforcement are included.

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Correcting the personal-conveyance record

Answering Russ Hoffman's question: "Are you sure that Personal Conveyance requires that you not have a load or trailer? I believe the regulation is Unladen (unloaded) with an empty trailer being acceptable." By the letter of the law, he's right.

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POLL: Have you tested the e-log waters with a smartphone/tablet-based app?

What's been your experience, or lack thereof, with the myriad of smartphone/tablet-based computer-assisted logs available today to use without a connection to the truck's engine? Have you tested the water of e-logs with any?

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Spot freight volume: 100 percent higher than this time last year

The stat in the headline doesn't tell the whole story, however, as rates are basically flat from where they've been the past few weeks. Some bright spots, however, in flatbed.

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From the big road to the big stage: MATS concert to feature driver-songwriter Tony Justice, Thompson Square

Driver/singer-songwriter Tony Justice will join international country act Thompson Square during the free Mobile Delvac Driver Appreciation concert at this year's Mid-America Trucking Show.

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High driver turnover correlated with higher OOS, crash volumes and CSA scores

Data firm Vigillo found a close correlation between high turnover and generally more negative carrier numbers in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's compliance rating program. Also: FAST Act CSA requirements update -- suggested CSA changes expected late Spring/early Summer.

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