Todd Dills

FleetComplete’s ELD builds on tracking-system base

The Toronto-based Fleet Complete's mobile app-based ELD (with engine-connected hardware) comes at $7 for a monthly subscription price, but it requires the base $29-monthly tracking system as well.

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Podcast: Trucker Bob Stanton’s proposals for the Beyond Compliance effort

Trucker Bob Stanton brought three distinct proposals to FMCSA's Beyond Compliance listening session in Chicago attendant to the CVSA Workshop event. Hear his proposals here.

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‘Beyond Compliance’ to be CSA’s 8th BASIC?

As FMCSA moves toward decision on using '8th BASIC' approach to the Beyond Compliance credit program required by Congress, carriers and safety consultants speak up on the ideas in Chicago listening session.

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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 as 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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