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Van rates edge up nationally, reefer freight moving out of growing areas to the South

Van rates edge up nationally, reefer freight moving out of growing areas to the South

DAT's Ken Harper notes the freight-volume picture was more or less the same as in March to close out the month. The final week of April, "we had expected a bigger bump with the usual end-of-month inventories being cleared, but the bump didn't happen," Harper says.

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Partners in Business tip: Open a separate checking account for your business

Run a one-truck owner-operator business? Separate your business account from your personal account -- here's why.

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Rand McNally’s new multifunction tablet combines GPS, dashcam and more in one package

Rand McNally's new multifunction tablet combines GPS, dashcam and more in one package

Rand McNally's new dashboard device combines truck-specific navigation, an on-board SiriusXM radio, voice assistance, a built-in dashcam and hands-free calling and texting.

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EZ-ELD from Stoneridge launched

EZ-ELD from Stoneridge launched

The Stoneridge BYOD-style EZ-ELD costs just $149 for the plug-in hardware, with a $15-a-month software subscription, although savings are available for annual subscriptions at only $150.

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Letter to Trump: Parking, 14-hour rule, congestion ever more urgent issues with ELDs

Letter to Trump: Parking, 14-hour rule, congestion ever more urgent issues with ELDs

Reader Clifford "Chappy" Petersen's open letter to Donald Trump ranges through his views on a variety of issues -- from parking and congestion to driver pay and more -- that he says are set to be further exacerbated by the ELD mandate.

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POLL: Will rates move in a positive or negative direction as a result of the ELD mandate?

What's your view of the likelihood of a rates impact as a result of the ELD mandate -- commentators have been on either side of the issue in recent time, some believing rates will rise, others doubting the projection.

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Will ELDs or autonomous trucks make the bigger splash in the driver pool?

Will ELDs or autonomous trucks make the bigger splash in the driver pool?

Progress from Google, Tesla and others with self-driving cars, including the occasional mention of Class 8 trucks, fuels speculation that driverless big rigs are about to rule the highway.

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When a straight 14 might not be the ideal, or safest, option: Four loads over two days in Ohio with Scott Reed

Hear part of Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills' many conversations with Buckland, Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed over two days on the road in mid-April 2017. It tells the story of what Reed sees as a certainly less-than-ideal hours rule when it comes to his shorter-haul van operation.

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Drivewyze road-safety alerts come to Penn. turnpike

Drivewyze road-safety alerts come to Penn. turnpike

Weigh-station bypass service Drivewyze is rolling out a rollover-zone and other safety-notifications feature to its PreClear product later this year after a pilot test. Pennsylvania Turnpike is the latest jurisdiction/route to participate to enable safety alerts along routes.

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Senators ask GAO to assess autonomous trucks’ potential to displace workers

In the wake of the FMCSA's Monday listening session on regulating the highly automated driving environment expected in the future, Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed request GAO study the issue of job displacement -- more commentary from the session explored here.

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