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ELD mandate supplants hours of service as trucking’s top concern, survey shows

The complete results of the annual survey, which generated more than 3,200 responses from motor carriers and commercial drivers, were released today. The electronic logging device mandate scheduled to take effect next December is now the most concerning issue in trucking, survey respondents said, pushing hours to the No. 2 spot.

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Food hauler asks FMCSA to allow counting unloading time as 30-minute break

Transco Inc. recently applied for an exemption asking for drivers in its grocery and other food-related divisions to be exempt from the 30-minute rest break requirement.

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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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NY to pay owner-operators $44 million in settlement over out-of-state fees

The state’s Supreme Court agreed earlier this year with OOIDA’s challenge that the registration and decal taxes in the state were unconstitutional and discriminatory against out-of-state truckers who drive mostly in other states. New York will soon refund truckers for the tax.

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34-hour restart clarification misses another funding bill

Congress passed Wednesday a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded through Dec. 9. Though the stopgap spending law wards off a government shutdown, the bill did not include a provision to clarify the future of hours of service rules pertaining to truckers’ use of a 34-hour restart.

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New ‘always-on’ in-cab video system

Lytx, maker of the DriveCam system of forward- and in-cab-facing video systems capturing events by triggers, is now offering what it calls an "always-on," cloud-based video platform called Unisyn.

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Spot market update: If you’re following the demand, ‘Go west, young man’

"The whole West Coast is showing good freight and rising rates," notes DAT's Ken Harper, particularly in van/reefer segments. "L.A.-Long Beach was driven by the Hanjin debacle," the abrupt bankruptcy of the Hanjin ocean shipping company, but Northern California and the Northwest are showing improvement as well.

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Partners in Business tip: Account for monthly variable costs

If you drive 9,600 miles one month and 10,000 miles the next, you’ll have two sets of costs for each month.

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Rates, especially in the west, to spike due to major maritime carrier bankruptcy

Last week on the spot market, the load-to-truck ratio for outbound loads in the Los Angeles area shot up to about 7 load postings on DAT’s load board per one truck posting. The average is about two loads to one truck. The recent imbalance in loads to trucks puts upward pressure on rates.

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Negotiating rates without needing ‘extra blood-pressure medicine’

Conceive of negotiations over loads/rates as an opportunity to start or extend a potential long-term business relationship -- don't leave money on the table, but always keep in mind this rule of thumb: "If both sides aren't happy in the end, it's not negotiating."

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