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House bill would nix 12% excise tax on truck purchases

U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) introduced Tuesday a bill that seeks to repeal the federal excise tax (FET) on the retail sale of most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers.

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Partners in Business tip: Have a fixed residence

Run a single-truck business? You need to report a fixed residence. Here's why.

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POLL: Owner-operators, how’s business trending for you over the last months?

What's your business-conditions situation been over the last few months as the traditional spring freight season has come into play.

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FTR’s Trucking Conditions Index: Latest moves show positive change

The Trucking Conditions Index (TCI) from the analysts at FTR Transportation Intelligence showed a big jump in April after falling in March.

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Trucker Path secures funding for factoring service

The company’s InstaPay factoring service, which launched in 2016 and is available in its Truckloads mobile app, allows drivers to upload photos of their bills of lading and rate confirmations to get paid within one to two business days at a 3.5 percent flat factoring rate.

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J.J. Keller Encompass ELD self-certified

The J.J. Keller compliance services company announced the placement of both dedicated and BYOD ("bring your own device") versions of its Encompass electronic logging device system for Android devices and its own Compliance Tablet on the FMCSA's ELD registry. 

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ELD data: Take control of yours to avoid IFTA, IRP audit fines

If you’re in the situation of many owner-operators and small fleets and looking to squeeze a little return-on-investment out of an ELD you may be forced to adopt, tread carefully with players new to the industry getting into the partial automation of IFTA/IRP data collection.

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Video: Making the transition to owner-operator

The expanded freedom and earning potential of running as an owner-operator come with a big tradeoff: greater self-discipline and more demanding money management.

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Don’t get ‘beat up’ on rates: Strong service to keep the customer honest

This podcast talk with owner-operator Monte Wiederhold focuses in on the direct-customer base Wiederhold notes he’s been fortunate to maintain through the recent "ebb and flow" years of spotty freight and demand in the wider economy, and the emphasis on timely communication and dependability that's helped immensely to keep those customers.

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Spot market activity continues up for vans, reefers, amid Roadcheck effect on demand indicators

With Roadcheck cutting some truck posts, the van load-to-truck ratio hit its highest mark in three years, and van rates on the top 100 lanes rose to some of the highest prices seen in two years. Overall, posting activity was up overall as well.

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