Todd Dills

Driver voices raised against highway bill amendment to resolve state/federal legal conflicts

Protection of independent/small-fleet business freedom or "wage theft" from company drivers? A growing conflict over a highway-bill amendment as House-Senate conference gets under way.

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‘Uberization of Trucking’ reality more complicated than the hype

"Uberized'' tech start-ups in load matching may be "missing the complexity of most freight moves and will lose a lot in the translation because of that." --John Larkin of Stifel

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Building the customer base: Introducing Utah-based Brandt King of King Farms Trucking

King grew from a one-truck Utah-based operation to 34 trucks by building lanes loaded both ways with shipper-direct reefer freight.

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Return safety to drivers’ control: Fix the 14-hour rule

Texas-based Gary Carlisle weighs in on what Overdrive readers have named among the most-needed hours revisions. Also: it's bankruptcies that will drive up rates, not wide ELD use itself.

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Top 10 toughest states for traffic enforcement

Indiana, Delaware, Illinois top the rankings for violations that contribute CSA's Unsafe Driving measure. Often used by enforcement as a reason to inspect, without an attendant citation such violations can be notoriously difficult to challenge.

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Cold chain update ahead of the holiday: Hot spots for reefer freight

Spot market reefer freight was hot last week on DAT load boards in Albuquerque, N.M.; Grand Rapids, Mich.; and Little Rock., Ark., among other locales.

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POLL: Independents, who’s your primary customer?

Do you haul freight sourced from one broker exclusively or a mix of multiple brokers? One direct shipper with brokered freight on the return? Other combinations?

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Probability of recession in 2016 small, say analysts

At once, some put the probability of a true recession by 2018 around 80 percent. "Go long with your shippers" to solidify relationships, panelists at Truckstop.com's user conference urge.

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‘We’ll get through this e-log implementation’ — projecting carrier-shipper relationships after the ELD mandate

The paydirt on the back side of the electronic log mandate, according to compliance consultant Jeff Davis -- better rates, efficiency, productivity for small fleets.

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Regulations to present challenge, opportunity in the new year

At Truckstop.com's first user conference in Dallas, company head Scott Moscrip expressed cautious optimism about the coming year and previewed new payment, rate, insurance and other products.

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