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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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Partners in Business tip: Update your insurance basics annually

Talk to your insurance agent every year to adjust parts of your insurance policy -- here's why.

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‘Not adding up’: Following Supreme Court’s hit to ELD challenge, owner-operators reckon with next steps

In the wake of the Supreme Court's official denial of OOIDA's appeal for it to throw out the ELD rule, attention turned to the Trump administration and, more closely, Congress. A bevy of readers faced down the reality of further limited options for an ELD challenge.

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POLL: Have you ever been through an IFTA or IRP audit?

How commonly state auditors review IFTA and IRP records of owner-operators is not widely known -- what's been your experience with audits of your International Fuel Tax Agreement filing or International Registration Plan records?

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Fleet conglomerate XPO ordered to pay $1M to another set of drivers in classification case

A federal court has upheld the California Labor Commissioner’s total award of $958,660 to five XPO Cartage truckers misclassified as independent contractors, while the company is appealing April’s similar but separate ruling regarding four owner-operators.

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Supreme Court rejects ELD appeal, ending OOIDA’s challenge options

In a win for FMCSA, the Supreme Court has declined to take up OOIDA's challenge, leaving in place a lower court decision that upholds the rule and its Dec. 18 compliance date. OOIDA says it will continue its ELD challenge via Congress and the White House.

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Doft aims for greater freight transaction transparency

The start-up, launched last March, charges a $4.99 transaction fee to both shipper and carrier upon successful matching of loads via iOS shipper and driver apps.

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