IFTA

The hurdles of cash, fees and paperwork

Financial and technical prep -- the work is tedious, so consider using companies that will complete the process for you.

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Xata now XRS, new platform

The new mobile-centric XRS platform of trucking software combines Xata Turnpike's RouteTracker EOBR solution with reportedly robust business data management and analysis software.

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New Android app provides IFTA assist

Owner-operators packing an Android-powered smartphone can use a new free tool to track fuel purchases and drive miles by state -- right on your smartphone. The SimpleIFTA app makes doing so relatively easy, taking paper out of the process (click through the image to download if you're reading on a smartphone, scan the QR below with your device if not). "It's called simple due to being so easy to use," the makers say. "Enter your odometer ...

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South Dakota to start IFTA license fees

The state will charge a license fee and a renewal fee for carriers licensing under the International Fuel Tax Agreement. The fees will begin July 1.

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Breaking Free: Owner-operator history upon Overdrive’s 50th anniversary

From fighting for enhanced freedom to haul in its early days to stressing smart business practices later, Overdrive has championed the owner-operator’s concerns.

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3 keys to expansion

Focus on the business model and the day-to-day operations of your trucking company in three major areas.

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Pocket Tools

Dozens of new smart-phone apps can save you money, time and hassles. Best of all, many are free.

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EOBRs controversy over the national airwaves missing extant/emerging solutions

Wednesday, National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program ran this piece on the issue of the proposed federal mandate for electronic on-board recorder use for hours-of-service monitoring. If it goes into effect, virtually all interstate haulers will be required to use an EOBR for logs. You can still comment on the proposed EOBR rule, through May 23. In the NPR piece, owner-operator Terry Button is featured (click the photo thumbnail of him here, by Maggie Starbard, for ...

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IFTA amends interest rate

International Fuel Tax Association altered the penalty rate on underpaid taxes to fluctuate with economic changes.

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To toll or not to toll: In PA I-80 controversy’s wake, debate over road privatization re-emerges

When a Devon, Penn., lawyer representing big commercial construction contractors insists that "Nobody's against this," referring to tolling major interstates as a method of funding their upkeep and expansion, I suspect he's not talked to anyone among the nation's long-haul owner-operators and drivers. Opposition to tolling, in my experience, is near universal among the former, particularly, and it's no surprise: the diesel taxes the states and the federal government levy are an ever-present reality in the business of hauling, ...

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