Todd Dills

New in-house load board, more from TBS factoring

TBS Factoring Service, increasingly fashioning itself as a one-stop shop for both cash flow and compliance solutions, is adding finding loads and saving money on fuel to the services available to customers.

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Household goods hauling: Challenges explored with moving veteran Fred Metzler

Fred Metzler stresses what he sees unique household hauling challenges -- and practices of some companies that are cutting into owner-operators' incomes in the space significantly. Also: Wes Memphis says good-bye to his paper logs in week one of an electronic transition.

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Potential for fatigue detection points to intensive enforcement

Fatigue-related monitoring could be next in line. Its advance in the regulatory arena will depend on two things: the effectiveness of technology in predicting fatigue in relation to crash risk, and to what extent, if any, privacy law restricts or prevents a mandate.

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ProSight’s new drug-testing program

Developed in partnership with the Foley Carrier Services DOT compliance and employer-assist firm, the new program claims to go above and beyond by detecting patterns of pharmaceutical drug abuse, among other things.

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Camera systems taking a lead in data harvest

With such strong momentum and expanding uses for cameras, the technology could well follow the same path as that of electronic logging devices: widespread early adoption by large fleets and an eventual federal mandate industrywide. The systems may also work in tandem with automated trucks.

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An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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The flat, van, reefer markets bucking the national downward rate trend in the last week

All equipment types could be getting ready for a rebound. Why? Load availability was up in the largest van freight markets last week, accompanied by a 30 percent increase in reefer freight movements compared to the previous week. Flatbed is also gaining strength.

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Video: Tony Justice live in Nashville at the downtown TA

Trucker/singer-songwriter Tony Justice live at the TA location in downtown Nashville -- this video captures an acoustic version of the "We Drive Trucks" anthem on his new "Brothers of the Highway" record.

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Favor for minimum wage hike growing among truckers

Since Overdrive queried readers in 2014 about prospects for the $7.25/hour minimum wage, more truckers today believe it’s time to raise the wage, following a series of states and localities that have raised their own minimums.

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I-75 in Tenn. fully open after slide; delays on I-40 in Roane County

Two I-75 lanes NB/SB were finally reported open last week, April 13, following the rock slide in Campbell County, TN; I-40 reduced to one lane in both directions between MM 350 and 352 through late May.

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