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American Road and Transportation Builders support ELD exemption, stress 14-hour-rule issues as well

ARTBA's support for the Pipe Line Contractors' request for an ELD exemption re-stressed the largely short-haul construction operators' long support for an exemption from the hours rules entirely for transportation construction companies.

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PeopleNet registers ELD with FMCSA

Company Product Vice President Eric Witty, speaking at the company's user conference emphasized PeopleNet's status as a "pioneer" in e-logs. He also didn't completely rule out the potential success of the ELD Extension Act of 2017 -- though he believes that potential is very small.

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ELDs’ weak links, redux

How the DC Transport fleet solved the issued of dropped Bluetooth connections between the ECM plug-in device and operators' busy smartphones -- dedicated tablets for logs.

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2017 owner-operator income: Flatbedding hot, reefer hauling chilly

Checking in on owner-operator income through the first half of the year: Flat to down for most segments, with flatbed gaining momentum and reefer haulers losing ground. Here are the numbers for 2017's first half.

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What happened to the summer freight doldrums? August starts strong for vans, flats, reefers

DAT's Ken Harper: "Here's one for the record books: August started stronger for vans than any of the last 18 months. August! Really? What happened to the summer doldrums?"... Flatbed, reefer holding fairly strong as well, given the season.

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Research broker histories before taking load from new source

Using resources available on different load boards to research a broker's credit history, days to pay and more can help prevent a bad experience.

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The mechanical prowess — and ELD trials and tribulations — of Randy Carlson

Owner-operator Carlson's approach to the business follows an early career as a mechanic, learning from his father, who also trucked, then in trade school and on the job at an International dealer -- a solid basis on which to build an owner-operator business. Is it less common than it used to be?

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What a difference a day makes: Where rates could spike

Where to look for the most likely ELD effect on rates? High-volume lanes between 500 and 750 miles, which analysts call the “dangerous lanes.” It’s those where load/unload hiccups or in-transit delays easily can extend a one-day haul into a second day.

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Get owner-operator tips during Partners in Business seminars at GATS

Seminar attendance will also include a free PIB manual, a $20 value that includes a variety of practical financial tips, tax and equipment management strategies and more.

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A busy independent’s plan to transition his business (and dodge ELDs in the process)

A run with John Hodges in his 1998 Freightliner Classic, part of his small fleet. As independent, Hodges juggles roles as driver, owner, cattle farmer and pastor in his local church, taking it all in stride: "To whom much is given ..."

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