Todd Dills

Driver drug and alcohol test database to be required check for carriers by 2020

Set to publish Monday, a final rule establishing the Clearinghouse database will require carriers to search the database during the pre-employment process and for current employees -- at least once a year in the latter case.

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Video: A roll into and through the fall freight season’s demand for dry vans

Van, reefer demand continued relatively strong in this week's spot market update following the Thanksgiving holiday. Hot markets, rising and falling rates on specific lanes, and more in this update.

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The ELD mandate’s double bind for owners of post-1999 trucks with earlier model mechanical engines

Owner-operator Randy Carlson runs a 2001 Freightliner chassis powered by an early-90s Cat 3406B. It's increasingly looking like the truck as configured (and others similarly situated) is between a compliance rock and a hard place with the ELD mandate.

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Overhaul freight marketplace, SoftServe partner on BioLock

At the intersection of so-called "Internet of Things" technology and cargo theft prevention, BioLock provides an electrocardiogram biosensor analysis system to proactively monitor the health of drivers and prevent vehicle theft.

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KeepTruckin ELD expands functionality

Geofencing, idle time tracking, fleet and driver scorecards and engine diagnostics are among new functions available in the web-based dashboard for KeepTruckin ELD users.

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Jim and Carol Steffey and the Lanita Specialized 2016 W900L

Pennsylvania couple's heavy equipment hauler

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SmartDrive’s ‘Extended Recording’ feature enhanced; other upgrades, video mandate discussed

In a press briefing with reporters, coming just two weeks after NTSB's first call for a mandate for video recorder use, SmartDrive reps noted any mandate would be long in coming but that a belief in the power of video in highway safety "is certainly our position."

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Midwest Muscle: Iowa bolsters targeted approach to driver violations

Iowa DOT's high violations-per-inspection ranking, among other data, underscores an increasing focus on driver violations, particularly related to hours of service.

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Hot button: The role of ‘white-identity’ politics in Trump’s election?

With the so-called 'alt-right' and its partial message of 'white-identity / -grievance' politics receiving plenty of mainstream media coverage in the wake of Trump's election, what's your view on the role such politics played in the election?

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ELDs on the market today

This most recent update to Overdrive's August 2015-published comparison chart offers quick looks at more than 20 electronic logging device providers on or entering the market in advance of December 2017 ELD mandate compliance date.

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