small fleets

Telogis/Mack offer telematics free trial

Mack models equipped with MP engines and GuardDog Connect hardware built after 2014 are eligible for the free trial, and up to 10 trucks per customer can be included. All features of Telogis Fleet for Mack, including e-logs, are available during the free trial period,

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New Comdata, KeepTruckin partnership

KeepTruckin's smartphone/tablet-based ELD is now available via Comdata's small-trucking-business-focused MyFleet Program.

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MyGeotab app now in iOS

If you run a small fleet and utilize Geotab for logs or other services, the MyGeotab app, newly available for iPhones and iPads, makes it easier to manage productivity, safety and vehicle status from a mobile phone.

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Web-based small fleet, broker TMS software

With a starting price of $69 a month and the first 30 days free, the Tailwind company's all-in-one Trucking & Freight Broker Software is built, the company says, to help small- to medium-size trucking companies and brokerages compete.

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Are small carriers singled out for inspection? Short answer: Yes

FMCSA routinely bumps the Inspection Selection System scores of "data-insufficient" carriers -- i.e. those who haven't been inspected enough to product CSA SMS scores -- to 99, making bypass systems virtually useless and ensuring more inspections.

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Where the drivers are — Job application density by state, 2008-2015

These interactive driver population heat maps show the total CDL-holding driver applicants per capita, by resident state of the applicant, incoming to BestDriverJobs.com and network sites. Change in the maps between 2008-15 illustrate economic ups and downs affecting trucking over those years.

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Keeping the small fleet ‘family’ happy: Pay, equipment, home time

Small-fleet owners use good pay, equipment and home time to attract loyal drivers. They say those are the bedrocks of retention, the top employment issue named in a recent Overdrive survey.

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ELDs: Owner-operators have some decisions to make

Considerations in just when and how to move to ELDs were in the foreground Thursday at GATS. More may find themselves obligated to make a change, even if OOIDA's ELD lawsuit is successful, in the end, as more shippers/brokers require ELD use.

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POLL: Small fleet owners, where do you most-often find your driver candidates?

If you've been in the position of hiring a driver, what most commonly generates the successful job candidate -- direct referrals of various natures, ads in local or far-flung places or something else entirely? Weigh in here.

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Stoking the log fires, redux: Crash incidence, hours violations and fleet size

Is the owner-operator/small fleet being "nitpicked" or "nickel-and-dimed" into oblivion? Crash data and inspection and hours violation rates, analyzed by fleet size, fuel further discussion following this month's "Stoking the log fires" feature.

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