Business

Deciphering Trump and the trade winds

Based on two Overdrive pre-election polls, three out of four owner-operators voted for President-elect Donald Trump. No doubt one reason is that, in solidarity with Trump’s Rust Belt supporters, they want good jobs to stay in or return to America. In the Nov. 21 video outline of his first-100-days plan, Trump seemed less strident on the isolationism and nativism that appealed to so many voters. He said the U.S. will withdraw from negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, ...

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Driver drug and alcohol test database to be required check for carriers by 2020

Set to publish Monday, a final rule establishing the Clearinghouse database will require carriers to search the database during the pre-employment process and for current employees -- at least once a year in the latter case.

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Video: A roll into and through the fall freight season’s demand for dry vans

Van, reefer demand continued relatively strong in this week's spot market update following the Thanksgiving holiday. Hot markets, rising and falling rates on specific lanes, and more in this update.

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Trucking under Trump: Opportunities for hours reform, overhaul of FMCSA regulatory process

While the federal government’s electronic logging device mandate is likely shielded from interference from President-elect Donald Trump, Republican control in Washington gives the industry hope for a loosened and more accountable regulatory environment, industry groups said in recent weeks.

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The ELD mandate’s double bind for owners of post-1999 trucks with earlier model mechanical engines

Owner-operator Randy Carlson runs a 2001 Freightliner chassis powered by an early-90s Cat 3406B. It's increasingly looking like the truck as configured (and others similarly situated) is between a compliance rock and a hard place with the ELD mandate.

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KeepTruckin ELD expands functionality

Geofencing, idle time tracking, fleet and driver scorecards and engine diagnostics are among new functions available in the web-based dashboard for KeepTruckin ELD users.

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Partners in Business tip: Learn to bargain

Never settle for the first quote when you are seeking a truck loan.

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SmartDrive’s ‘Extended Recording’ feature enhanced; other upgrades, video mandate discussed

In a press briefing with reporters, coming just two weeks after NTSB's first call for a mandate for video recorder use, SmartDrive reps noted any mandate would be long in coming but that a belief in the power of video in highway safety "is certainly our position."

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Trump selects Washington insider Elaine Chao to run DOT

President-elect Donald Trump has chosen Elaine Chao to be his Secretary of Transportation, the head of the U.S. Department of Transportation. Chao served as President George W. Bush's Secretary of Labor for the entirety of Bush's presidency. She's also the wife of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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Midwest Muscle: Iowa bolsters targeted approach to driver violations

Iowa DOT's high violations-per-inspection ranking, among other data, underscores an increasing focus on driver violations, particularly related to hours of service.

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