Business

Unclear how Trump’s freeze on regs, Obamacare relaxer will impact trucking

An FMCSA spokesperson said the impact of Trump's memo on pending regulations is “being assessed.” But regulations already made law, like the electronic logging device, are likely to be untouched.

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Loadsmart freight platform lands shippers

Anheuser Busch (AB InBev) recently signed a contract with Loadsmart, the latest in a series of Fortune 500 companies the company says is utilizing Loadsmart’s technology to shift how they quote, book and ultimately move their freight.

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When enforcement is well necessary — a note from Rich Wilson

Wilson's letter follows news of a box-truck owner-operator shut down after a fatality crash. Also: Do owner-operator hotshot truckers (at 10,001-26,000 lbs.) need to join a random drug/alcohol testing consortium? Depends on the CDL status and desires ...

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Landstar’s new Laredo facility

The 31,000-square-foot logistics facility is located on a 50-acre site that accommodates 450 trailers and provides room for future expansion. A heavy/specialized freight area with a custom 120-ton, stand-alone bridge crane, the company says, can transload the largest superloads.

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‘Freight recession over,’ analyst says — flat, van, reefer demand updates

Following an "18-month malaise" in freight sparked by the collapse in oil prices at the end of 2014, says DAT analyst Mark Montague, the freight recession is now officially over.

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BridgeHaul app offers services, including logs, toward a shipper-exclusive freight marketplace

The latest start-up attempting to provide that "elusive holy grail" of a shipper-direct marketplace for freight to owner-operators is Los Angeles-based BridgeHaul, whose app likewise provides a smartphone-based logbook (ELD on the way), trip planner and more.

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Tennessee guv unveils 12-cent diesel tax increas as part of legislative agenda, other states implement hikes

Haslam's "IMPROVE Act" proposed legislation would address a dearth of road funding in the state with the diesel hike and other taxes. Other states have moved in similar directions in lieu of any increase in federal funds for infrastructure.

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Partners in Business tip: Keep an escrow account for maintenance costs

Every good preventive maintenance schedule begins with a maintenance escrow savings account. A good formula for this ties the age of the truck to cents-per-mile savings.

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Readers debate viability of pre-2000 model year approach to avoiding ELD mandate

At the center of the commentary, pushback on the notion that near-20-year-old equipment could be considered reliable enough to deliver suitable profitability. As one commenter noted, telling his story, an owner-operator might do well "to have two -- one to run, and one for a spare. And one for parts if you can store it.""

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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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