Todd Dills

Trucking ‘uberization’ and the ‘new 800-pound gorilla that everyone will have to be aware of’

According to Business Insider writer Eugene Kim's sources, that gorilla is Amazon, who plans to develop an app to help match freight to truckers. Big difference between Amazon and numerous tech start-ups in this space: freight volume, of course.

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Though the weather turns colder, spot market temps turn up for vans, flatbeds

Winter weather in the Midwest and Northeast could push rates even higher the week of Christmas, since parcel freight will be moving until Saturday the 24th, and those lanes will be slower and more difficult.

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FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with ‘enhanced investigative techniques’

'EIT' in the parlance of acronym-happy bureaucratese, Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services likened new investigative approaches of auditors to another EIT, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques -- or 'compliance-review waterboarding,' so to speak ...

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Thursday round-up: Supply chain mandating ELDs?, Wal-Mart moving toward cab cameras, nolo contendere for operator

Reporting out of Arkansas: Wal-Mart's private fleet begins to test in-cab camera systems. Howard Salmon pleas out from under a following-too-close citation. And: one regular reader calls foul on the notion that brokers/shippers will require ELDs in contracts for exempt truckers post-mandate.

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Autosist maintenance records app

Use of the smartphone as a maintenance and fuel-purchase record-keeping tool is the bedrock functionality enabled by the Autosist app from founder Zorrane Abdeali.

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‘Brothers of the highway’ auction nets near $10K

The collaborative "Brothers of the Highway Christmas Auction" to benefit TruckersFinalMile.org wrapped up Wednesday last week. Launched by four trucker-songwriters, with around 90 percent of all pledged donations in, the auction has raised about $9,500 for the nonprofit.

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Baseline compliance ELD from ISE Fleet Services

ISE's eFleetSuite ruggedized Android tablet paired with a connection to the engine's electronic control module is an e-log for those without much need to "go above and beyond" in functionality.

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Dec. 15 Obamacare deadline, new health option from NAIT

"TrumpCare" could be some time coming. For now, Dec. 15 is the deadline to purchase health insurance via the state and federal exchanges to ensure coverage begins Jan. 1 and you avoid 2017 tax penalties. A new option for some to avoid the penalty is NAIT's AlieraCare group.

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What happens when suspension bolts fall out at speed?

Suspension repair gone wrong: For owner-operator Howard Salmon, with winter conditions settling in over parts of the country, he's thankful the bolts fell out where they did, to a certain extent ...

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Is the ELD mandate’s pre-2000 exemption simply delaying the inevitable?

At least one analyst says yes, within 24 months of the ELD mandate going into effect, “nearly everyone will need an ELD, whether they like it or not, purely from a market standpoint.” That's not a universally held viewpoint, however.

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