Business

Rebuilding: From bulk dedicated to a base of direct flatbed customers with owner-op Tim Klaus

On Overdrive Radio: Flatbedder Tim Klaus re-entered trucking and found himself at the center of the natural gas drilling boom, hauling frac sand. It dried up earlier for him than for many, and since then he's made several moves in freight, trailer spec and more to build a core of direct customers to keep brokered loads to a minimum.

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A hot August: New development for the spot market in van, reefer

Find load-to-truck demand indicator averages for van and reefer below -- for last week, when volumes declined for vans nationally but remained well higher than what is typical for August most years. "Temperatures in our part of the woods have come down from their unseasonably torrid highs," noted DAT's Ken Harper, "but it's still very warm. The same can be said about spot market freight." In July, the national van load-to-truck ratio was 5.5 on DAT ...

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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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Answering ELD questions: Texas-enforcement panel at GATS

What questions would you put to Sergeant Dana Moore and Lieutenant Monty Kea in Dallas next week? And: An update on anti-ELD mandate grassroots efforts from the ELD or Me group and others.

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Logging in the ELD environment: Annotations/notes section is driver’s friend when ‘weird situations’ arise, FMCSA says

ELD exemption questions, personal conveyance circumstances, yard moves, more: In "any weird situation," said FMCSA's Joe DeLorenzo, "annotate it in the driver’s record would be clear if somebody asked you for it."

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Partners in Business tip: Have a reserve account

The best owner-operators have at least $5,000 in reserve before they ever go into business.

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An extra $75? BigRoad’s ELD referral program

BigRoad users (and others) can earn a $75 reward for each friend they refer to BigRoad who purchases a DashLink ELD. The friend will also earn a $25 welcome reward for becoming a new BigRoad customer.

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American Road and Transportation Builders support ELD exemption, stress 14-hour-rule issues as well

ARTBA's support for the Pipe Line Contractors' request for an ELD exemption re-stressed the largely short-haul construction operators' long support for an exemption from the hours rules entirely for transportation construction companies.

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PeopleNet registers ELD with FMCSA

Company Product Vice President Eric Witty, speaking at the company's user conference emphasized PeopleNet's status as a "pioneer" in e-logs. He also didn't completely rule out the potential success of the ELD Extension Act of 2017 -- though he believes that potential is very small.

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ELDs’ weak links, redux

How the DC Transport fleet solved the issued of dropped Bluetooth connections between the ECM plug-in device and operators' busy smartphones -- dedicated tablets for logs.

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