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Owner-operator using ELDs finds operational benefit

After some time on ELDs, Gary Buchs doesn't exactly sing the praises of the devices, but he does maintain that utilizing ELDs for hours of service recording has freed him in some ways to better dispatch himself and focus on profitable loads and operation generally.

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Navistar International sees first profit since 2012

The $4 million in net income is well above the $64 million net loss Navistar reported for the same time period in 2015. The truck and engine maker has been battling back from the financial fallout brought on by its 2010 emissions strategy.

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ELD market: The ‘wait-and-see’ approach to implementation

A third of owner-operators surveyed indicate they would wait a considerable time -- most pending outcome of OOIDA's lawsuit -- before making a decision on just what to do relative to ELD acquisition.

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U.S. diesel price tops $2.40 mark

The average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel in the U.S. is now $2.407, a 2.5 cent increase over the previous week’s price.

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Nationwide inspection blitz runs Tuesday-Thursday

In addition to their focus on full Level I inspections, inspectors will focus on tires, too. They'll be measuring tire tread depth, checking tire pressure, checking to make sure no items are lodged between dual tires and examining the overall condition of the tires to ensure no deep cuts or bulges exist in the sidewalls.

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Picking an ELD amid a crowded market, uncertain government registry

Unless the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s lawsuit derails the electronic logging device mandate, you’ll need to use an ELD by Dec. 16, 2017, with some exceptions. Most notable is owning a truck with a 1999 or earlier model year, though there are others (see the following link and the sidebar below): Owner-operators leasing to large fleets are most likely to use, if they don’t already, systems selected by those fleets. However, independents leased to smaller operations, ...

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SFD rule’s crash-risk disconnect: Data show most analyzed ‘Unfit’ carriers don’t crash

ASECTT’s Freedom of Information Act-obtained numbers show that 76 percent of carriers with five or fewer trucks, and who would have been flagged Unfit to operate under the proposed SFD's parameters, recorded no crashes in the 12 months following the analyzed 'Unfit' determination. The numbers — and the questions they present about the proposed rule’s methodology — add to mounting pressure the agency’s faced since publishing the proposed rule in January.

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Trucking jobs report shows another decline in industry employment

May’s decline marked the third month so far this year that trucking industry employment has fallen on a month-to-month basis, bucking the trend of the overall U.S. economy’s monthly gains. May's report showed a weak job market overall for the U.S. economy.

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Rates ‘spring’ing to life? Spot market rates post another positive showing in May

The charts here compare each segment’s paid rates -- verified averages of per-mile rates paid by brokers to carriers -- compared to posted rates, pre-negotiated rate offers posted by brokers. Two major truckload segments saw rates increase, while one remained flat.

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DAT’s streamlined Keypoint Ops TMS

DAT Keypoint Ops is designed for start-up brokerages and/or small carriers with brokerage wings who want a simple operations system.

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