Todd Dills

Thursday round-up: HHG hauler Finn Murphy’s excellent memoir, ‘Bear in the air’ makes radio primetime

Hear Truckers News editor David Hollis' podcast talk with household goods hauling owner-operator Finn Murphy about his new memoir, and: Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got ourselves a radio spot!

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Tuesday round-up: Miracle on the road, and ‘retirements’ accelerate at Wes Memphis’ fleet in wake of e-log transition

A truck rolls safely with "no ELD, no ABS, no ERG, no SCR no DEF?" What gives? one reader cracks wise. And Wes Memphis returns to the blog with a suggestion that, should biz consultant Jeffrey Hayzlett's rule of thirds apply to post-ELD mandate trucking, there will be "no lack of trucking jobs"...

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Is it necessary for an ELD to ‘support’ intrastate hours rules?

The short answer: As a matter of regulation, no. The electronic logging device mandate is written in a manner that is more or less agnostic to the hours of service rule a particular driver is operating under. Nonetheless, say ELD providers, rule-set support can be helpful.

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The crazy quilt of intrastate hours logging and ELD mandates

States failing to adopt an e-logging mandate. Hours of service regs differing from the federal rule. ELDs missing state-specific features. For the intrastate driver required to use e-logs, the change could get complicated.

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Staying ahead of the inspectors

Don't take any chances on your equipment passing inspection. This story, newly updated, rounds up coverage on a wealth of maintenance topics in Overdrive in recent years.

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Podcast: One owner-operator’s credit claw-back after identity theft | ‘ELD or me’ dates set

How did owner-operator Scott Reed find out about the theft of his identity that destroyed his good credit: He learned of erroneous warrants for his arrest out West. Hear how he repaired the situation here. Also: "ELD or me" demonstration dates set for Oct. 3-7.

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POLL: How common is identity theft — have you been a victim of it?

Identity theft can be a disaster for your credit rating in the short and, sometime, long term, if overlooked. Has it -- or related credit- or other card fraud -- ever happened to you? Weigh in here.

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‘Level 8’ electronic inspection recognized by CVSA with other bulletin, policy updates

The move amounts to recognition of the definition for what such an inspection needs to include when North American "jurisdictions get the ability to do an electronic inspection," said CVSA. None have such directly deployable ability today, though tech may not be far off given Level 8's simplicity.

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Notes on the BYOD ELD and implementation

Using a BYOD ELD can come with connectivity issues, among other problems, some potentially solved by dedicating a unit to the truck -- the experiences here detailed from small fleets DC Transport (all owner-operator) and mixed fleet RDS Container Yard Services.

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Lookin’ good? Spot market demand updates in flat, van, reefer

This week's update shows spot market rates were up in anticipation of the holiday week this week. Most of the top lanes for all three major tracked segments (dry van, reefer, flatbed) were "lookin' good, lookin' good," noted DAT's Ken Harper attendant to this week's load-to-truck demand maps and intel.

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