Todd Dills

State of freight: Market pressure on driver pay stalled?

Though recent years have shown better trends, with pay rising fairly sharply for company drivers and independents alike, there's evidence from carrier surveys that such increases have now lulled. Lower volume expectations indicate increases in driver pay could be limited in 2016.

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Reefer, van spot market update: Rates ‘may have finally bottomed out’

Weekly spot market update for first week of February, the slowest month on DAT's load boards, shows reefer lulls in the very-low-demand Pacific Northwest, as well as Florida and Georgia. Southern-border reefer activity is beating California, too.

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An hourly future for driver pay?

There's evidence that legal and other pressures could lead to more prevalence for a time-based pay model, particularly for company drivers. Should a state-to-state patchwork of enforceable labor laws be the way forward?

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Future of brokerage: Cargo Chief to bet on pay for time

Cargo Chief head Abtin Hamidi wants to "change the way freight is bought and sold," he says -- the company plans to launch a lump-sum pay-for-time model in its contracts with independents and small fleets.

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Driver shortage: Readers weigh in on turnover, rates, pay, working conditions and more

What's your view? Respondents to recent polling expressed widely different views about a driver shortage. About half of readers consider it real, while the other half view it as myth or primarily a misnomer for other things, low pay chief among them.

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ELD mandate: What about trucks plated below 26,000 lbs.?

Q&A: Will under 26K-lb. trucks be required to utilize ELDs under FMCSA's final rule? Short answer: Yes, but complications with the short-haul exceptions in the hours rules may apply to some operations.

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From the outside in: ‘Keep on Truckin’

If you've got time, give the Pacific Standard's "Keep on Truckin'" package of features published this week a look for a point of view on trucking from the outside in.

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Drivewyze to run four-state ‘e-inspection’ field demonstration

Drivewyze's e-inspection test will be expediting Level 3 driver inspections on lanes in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania in cooperation with enforcement departments and truckers running those areas.

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POLL: Do you see a benefit to Wireless Roadside Inspection?

With technology in the test phase, questions remains as to safety credit/violation policy as well as whether any Wireless Roadside Inspection program would be voluntary or not -- what's your take on potential benefits/drawbacks of any future program today?

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So does FMCSA’s safety rating rule in fact violate Congressional directive?

Another week, another letter to Congress from an ad hoc coalition of groups challenging FMCSA's new safety rating rule's release on grounds it violates the FAST Act highway bill.

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