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Partners in Business tip: Properly spec your tires

Smart tire spec’ing can save money in two ways: reducing tire cost per mile and fuel cost per mile.

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ELD delay, trucker break laws on Congressional docket in coming weeks

A few prominent trucking policy reforms could be on tap in Congress in the coming weeks and months as lawmakers return to Washington from their annual August recess. Most prominently, lawmakers could take up a bill — or a rider to a must-pass spending bill — to delay the compliance date of the looming electronic logging device mandate.

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Spot market update: Harvey ripple effects, lookback on dry van demand through 2017 so far

The demand map for the dry van segment continued to be on the darker, truck-favorable side in the last week, part of a somewhat uncommon trend in the spot market for this time of year. Run through the shifting sands of van demand so far this year in a video, and more in this week's update.

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Harvey effect: Texas rates climbing, diesel could jump 15-25 cents, high-dollar FEMA loads available

Per a seven-day rolling average maintained by load board DAT Solutions, van rates between Dallas and Seguin, Texas, (about a 250-mile run) have shot up 49 percent in recent days to a $3.46 per-mile average, with some loads paying above $5. More here on rates and fuel prices here...

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Log-editing ‘flexibililty’ in current-generation AOBRD e-logs v. ELDs

At least one company is promoting functionality in its electronic log that allows use in "AOBRD mode" to make edits from the back office account and not leave a trail showing the original log. Problem is, regs require retention of the original log ...

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On a Hurricane Harvey relief mission with owner-operator Bill Ater

Landstar-leased owner-operator Bill Ater had his "feet in the starting blocks, hands on the floor" and was "waiting on the starting shot" when we talked Tuesday, August 29, for this Overdrive Radio podcast, staged in South Texas for relief shuttles associated with Hurricane Harvey.

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OOIDA petitions FMCSA to withhold federal funding from 20 states for enforcement, including ELDs

The petition singles out 26 states that haven't as yet adopted the ELD mandate, while 20 of those are out of compliance with fed regs adoption rules in general, OOIDA says. The MCSAP program granted more than $65 million in funding to those 20 states last year.

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Partners in Business tip: Keep your records

Maintain your receipts and other tax records for at least three years. Here's why...

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Hurricane Harvey to disrupt freight flow nationwide, likely boost rates

Hurricane Harvey and the damage it is inflicting in southeast Texas will crimp trucking industry capacity, alter the country’s freight flow and likely push rates upward in the coming weeks and months. For those involved in relief efforts, it stands to be a busy next few weeks.

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Hwy Pro web portal offers dispatch, business services

Coming to a smartphone near you is the Hwy Pro business process technology outsourcing app, which has already launched as a web portal -- optimized for mobile devices -- that gives participating owner-operators access to loads, invoicing and payment services.

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