capacity

ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 1: Fewer miles

Examining the assumptions behind the varying predictions of the post-ELD mandate demand situation. If some predictions come to pass, there’s reason to believe rates may rise enough to be a notable reward from an unwelcome imposition.

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Podcast: Cold water on the ELD mandate’s potential rates impacts

While recent polling shows most owner-operators view the ELD mandate's chances of positively impacting rates either short- or long-term as good, don't count OOIDA board member and B.L. Reever Transport small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold among the true believers.

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Loose capacity a ‘speed limiter’ on rising rates in van freight

The national average van rate held tight at $1.68 per mile last week. Still, rising lanes continue to outnumber falling lanes in what’s been a slow and steady trend.

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What ELDs might mean for owner-operator gross revenue in flatbed

With recent speculation that the "mother of all capacity shortages" may not materialize with ELDs, necessarily, one owner-operator's experience making the transition a couple years back.

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Parking capacity issue, redux: Va. DOT shelves truck rest area plans

The parking capacity issue and one state's attempt to put a dent in it runs into a wall of local opposition -- such that Va. DOT has moved publicly to suspend the project and explore alternatives,

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Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength

In this weekly spot market demand update, trends show the typical mid-July freight slump isn’t as bad for some truckers as it was in previous years. Flat rates are rising, van volumes holding, but reefer is showing typical seasonality.

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State of freight: Market pressure on driver pay stalled?

Though recent years have shown better trends, with pay rising fairly sharply for company drivers and independents alike, there's evidence from carrier surveys that such increases have now lulled. Lower volume expectations indicate increases in driver pay could be limited in 2016.

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Driver shortage: Where are the empty shelves?

How the "driver shortage" topic became a mainstream media staple, marked by stories that often stress the job opportunity angle, occasionally conjuring images of empty trucks and bare store shelves.

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POLL: How often is finding a parking place a problem for you?

How much time do you spend looking for parking on average -- and how often is finding a spot a serious issue on the road? Call 530-408-6423 to scale in with a message and/or vote in the poll here.

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Detention détente: Tables turn in carriers’, drivers’ favor in pay/rate negotiations

The tables finally are turning, as examined in this multipart feature. Fleets and owner-operators, for years in a losing battle with brokers and shippers over compensation for wasted dock time, are exercising improved leverage in negotiations.

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