Business

Four days remain to enter Owner-Operator of the Year contest, winner gets $25k cash

Overdrive, in partnership TCA, is seeking nominations for the 2017 Owner-Operator of the Year, an annual contest that awards a safe, professional and successful owner-operator with a $25,000 cash prize. The contest is sponsored by Cummins and Love's Travel Stops. Nominations will be accepted until November 10.

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Seven drivers seek $150k each from carrier over misclassification claims

The Teamster-backed Justice for Port Drivers says California Multimodal made illegal deductions to the truckers’ paychecks and did not reimburse business expenses.

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‘Maybe OOIDA was on to something’ with ‘Run Compliant’ campaign: Wes Memphis stares down another good income year on e-logs

Wes Memphis returns with cautiously optimistic thinking about ELDs: "Maybe, if we constrict the amount of miles that are collectively available, rates will soar and we will see a new golden age of trucking." Or not.

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POLL: Have you begun running with an ELD/AOBRD for e-logs?

With the ELD mandate's Dec. 18 enforcement deadline quickly approaching, some surveys have estimated as few as 25 percent of small fleets and owner-operators are ready for the deadline. What's the status of your operation relative to e-logs, whether exempt from the mandate or not?

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Trends in violations, inspections move in truckers’ favor

Since year 2012, when the violation-free inspection percentage was below 40 percent, while the total number of inspections has remained relatively level and even fallen a little, violation-free inspection numbers have grown considerably, by more than 18 percent.

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Rates surged again in October, flatbed and van hit three-year highs

With conditions ripe for rate hikes of late, truckload rates in all three major segments in October continued their upward momentum, according to monthly spot market rates data from Truckstop.com.

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Intrastate ELD mandates: California enforcement deadline likely to be late 2020, Oregon this year

California is planning to seek an intrastate adoption of the electronic logging device mandate that is likely to impose a deadline of December 31, 2020, for intrastate carriers. Oregon will enforce on the federal timeline Dec. 18 this year.

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Partners in Business tip: Obtain a monthly earnings statement

All of your records should be converted into a profit and loss statement at the end of every month to show miles, revenue, costs and how much money you made or lost.

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Linxup ELD self-certified

Linxup ELDs are dedicated-unit devices that serve to allow drivers to keep track of hours of service (HOS) compliance, provide quick access to reports for roadside inspections and alert drivers and fleet managers of critical violations.

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SmartDrive multi-cam video platform to detect fatigue/distraction

SmartDrive's new SmartSense for Distracted Driving program, available in Q1 2018, employs video/processing power to detect "distraction, inattention or drowsiness." When the system does, it "triggers a video, which is prioritized and offloaded for immediate verification and intervention."

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