Business

In formal comments, OOIDA says e-log mandate not worth the cost, other trade groups supportive of rule

Trucking trade groups held their formal public comments on the proposed federal electronic logging device mandate until the waning hours, and each of the major ones fell as expected in terms of support or opposition.

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Medical registry now has 30,000 examiners, FMCSA says, with 22k more in queue

Another 8,000 health professionals have been added to the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners since the new system for USDOT medical examinations launched last month with an initial roster of 22,000 providers, FMCSA said last week.

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Carriers’ crystal ball: Averitt Express boosts safety with FleetRisk Advisors

FleetRisk uses extensive trucking data, such as drivers’ starting times or change in empty miles relative to fleet average, to help fleets with safety, retention and workers comp.

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Carriers’ crystal ball: Fleets using driver performance data more than ever

Fleets have long used performance data in driver scorecards to help identify and address problems. Now, with the help of companies that specialize in predictive analytics, fleets are trying to head problems off before they happen.

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Analyst: E-logs drove 2013 carrier bankruptcy spike

2013 didn't follow the typical seasonality of trucking bankruptcies. When analyst Donald Broughton researched the situations of newly bankrupt carriers, a pattern of FMCSA audit, implementation of e-logs and business failure was found.

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PC*Miler software update

Version 28 includes new tools and enhanced functionality geared around the need for greater customization, providing the safest, most effective routing for each customer’s specific business needs.

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Quick-footed motorist clips rig’s trailer — could the trucker have prevented it?

John Doe could not move his tractor-trailer out of a tight squeeze in an intersection before an impatient sports car driver hit his trailer. Was this a preventable accident?

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Hoses and belts: How to avoid premature failure and maximize the life

Truck engines are hellish environments, so overlooking belts and hoses is an invitation to disaster. Since good maintenance is no guarantee against premature failure, knowledgeable technicians know to change out belts or hoses if even a hint of trouble is spotted.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Former FMCSA administrator supports suspension of restart restrictions

Annette Sandberg comes out in support of suspending restart restrictions introduced in 2013; nearly six in 10 Overdrive readers believe doing so would positive impact highway safety.

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Love’s now offering freight factoring; low rates, free remote processing

Love's has introduced Love's Financial, which will offer factoring services for drivers. Love's says it will pay within 24 hours, allowing drivers to get money for loads before shippers would have paid them.  The new service is designed to help drivers manage their business and cash flow through flexible cash management products with lower transaction fees. Factoring is different than a loan, meaning drivers won’t incur debt and it comes without the same level of credit restrictions, ...

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