Todd Dills

Negotiating the brokerage contract: Back solicitation, detention and more

Leander Richmond of Mich.-based eight-truck Eagle Express Inc. learned the hard way of one broker's no-detention-pay standard policy at first-come first-served shipper/receiver facilities -- likewise the "insulting" offer when he objected.

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POLL: Your first contact with your current leasing/employing carrier?

Leased/company drivers, where did your first awareness/contact of the company you're leased to or work for today come? Were you referred by a friend or a fellow driver with the company, catch an online advertisement that spurred further action, or something else?

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8 in 10 readers view behind-the-wheel minimum hours crucial for training rule

Recent Overdrive polling makes clear: Most owner-operators believe the 30 hours originally proposed for, though not included in, FMCSA's final training is insufficient as a minimum, and overall 78 percent believe a minimum of 30 or more is necessary.

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Cybersecurity alliance formed specifically to address IoT, the Internet of Tru…, um, ‘Things’

In AT&T's analysis of the threat to internet-connected things, including vehicles, over the recent past, the company said "in the past three years" it "has seen a 3,198% increase in attackers scanning for vulnerabilities in IoT devices."

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iGlobal’s Edge MDT portable scanner/ELD

The Florida-headquartered company's unique among ELD providers in promoting its Edge MDT -- a combo high-speed scanner, ELD and all-around ruggedized mobile office with push-to-talk functionality and more -- as manufactured in the state of Ohio.

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Small fleet saves time and hassles with ELDs

The biggest ELD hurdle for nine-truck JJ&T Trucking, says Jake Taylor, company co-owner with his wife, Christy, was less operational than technical.

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E-logs and detention, redux | An 800-pound gorilla in need of a few good lumpers

Will ELDs point the way out of the detention 'quagmire'? If they do, it won't happen all at once, no doubt. Could be a wild ride ahead ...

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E-log sticker merits easy time at weigh station

Gastonia, N.C.-based hotshot/tow owner-operator Buster Lewis took up the Continental VDO RoadLog to eliminate the hassle of pushing paper logs, he says -- big bonus: No weigh-station hassles for him and his 2006 Freightliner Business Class straight flatbed.

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Some high notes for flatbeds amid seasonal spot market fall-off

Flatbed rates had a small rebound last week, amid seasonal declines across all segments. On the top 78 open-deck lanes, rates rose on 42 of them, while 31 declined. The other five were neutral.

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ELDs and the detention quagmire

Rico Muhammad's reefer freight operation, based in Atlanta, is comprised of two trucks operating primarily in the Southeast and sometimes outside the region. He names detention's operational quagmire as perhaps the principal issue for owner-operators moving to ELDs.

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