Todd Dills

Round-up: Meme-ing the ELD mandate w/ Ind. enforcement, Hoosier toll plan floated with study

In which the state of Indiana conducts a study of the revenue-producing effect of tolling most every Hoosier interstate. And an enforcement rep shares a personal opinion on ELDs that will sound pretty familiar, among plentiful e-log memes ...

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Holiday freight is moving as L.A., Chicago top van markets in latest spot update; reefer strengthening too

Since Hurricane Irma, van freight rate gains have been more or less sustained, and "to put this in perspective, we haven't seen van rates this high for a protracted time ... since the Polar Vortex/Snowpocalypse of 2014," DAT's Ken Harper says.

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E-log antipathy ‘not all about the money’: Readers respond ‘around the dunk tank’ to Wes Memphis’ latest

The pseudonymous Memphis noted his Friday positing of the possibility of a "new golden age of trucking" -- if imposed ELDs actually limit available hours in a fashion they aren't already limited post-December 18 toward substantially better rates, income (hardly a certainty) -- was "getting some good comments around the dunk tank." ...

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An 85th birthday wish to Carl Rhodes — from his son — after well more than a half century trucking

Run through bits of the history of Carl Rhodes, a fixture of Morgantown, W.Va.-area trucking business since his own father hauled pulpwood in a 1932 Ford from his area down to Westernport, Md., and Carl got his start in the local coal business. Carl turns 85 today.

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‘Maybe OOIDA was on to something’ with ‘Run Compliant’ campaign: Wes Memphis stares down another good income year on e-logs

Wes Memphis returns with cautiously optimistic thinking about ELDs: "Maybe, if we constrict the amount of miles that are collectively available, rates will soar and we will see a new golden age of trucking." Or not.

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Trends in violations, inspections move in truckers’ favor

Since year 2012, when the violation-free inspection percentage was below 40 percent, while the total number of inspections has remained relatively level and even fallen a little, violation-free inspection numbers have grown considerably, by more than 18 percent.

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Intrastate ELD mandates: California enforcement deadline likely to be late 2020, Oregon this year

California is planning to seek an intrastate adoption of the electronic logging device mandate that is likely to impose a deadline of December 31, 2020, for intrastate carriers. Oregon will enforce on the federal timeline Dec. 18 this year.

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Tuesday fright: Parking issues downright scary?

Toward a more-perfect Halloween post: A reader on the need for more parking capacity -- and the legacy, or lack thereof as yet when it comes to publicly funded parking spaces, of Jason's Law.

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SmartDrive multi-cam video platform to detect fatigue/distraction

SmartDrive's new SmartSense for Distracted Driving program, available in Q1 2018, employs video/processing power to detect "distraction, inattention or drowsiness." When the system does, it "triggers a video, which is prioritized and offloaded for immediate verification and intervention."

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‘It just keeps happening in the Notch’: Truckers, beware Vermont route 108

The notorious Smuggler's Notch route continues to snare tractor-trailers blindly following GPS despite recent 20x fine increases -- says a reader familiar withthe area: "Any large vehicle" attempting the route, "especially any tractor trailer, is doomed."

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