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Harvey effect: Texas rates climbing, diesel could jump 15-25 cents, high-dollar FEMA loads available

Per a seven-day rolling average maintained by load board DAT Solutions, van rates between Dallas and Seguin, Texas, (about a 250-mile run) have shot up 49 percent in recent days to a $3.46 per-mile average, with some loads paying above $5. More here on rates and fuel prices here...

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Log-editing ‘flexibililty’ in current-generation AOBRD e-logs v. ELDs

At least one company is promoting functionality in its electronic log that allows use in "AOBRD mode" to make edits from the back office account and not leave a trail showing the original log. Problem is, regs require retention of the original log ...

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On a Hurricane Harvey relief mission with owner-operator Bill Ater

Landstar-leased owner-operator Bill Ater had his "feet in the starting blocks, hands on the floor" and was "waiting on the starting shot" when we talked Tuesday, August 29, for this Overdrive Radio podcast, staged in South Texas for relief shuttles associated with Hurricane Harvey.

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OOIDA petitions FMCSA to withhold federal funding from 20 states for enforcement, including ELDs

The petition singles out 26 states that haven't as yet adopted the ELD mandate, while 20 of those are out of compliance with fed regs adoption rules in general, OOIDA says. The MCSAP program granted more than $65 million in funding to those 20 states last year.

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Partners in Business tip: Keep your records

Maintain your receipts and other tax records for at least three years. Here's why...

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Hurricane Harvey to disrupt freight flow nationwide, likely boost rates

Hurricane Harvey and the damage it is inflicting in southeast Texas will crimp trucking industry capacity, alter the country’s freight flow and likely push rates upward in the coming weeks and months. For those involved in relief efforts, it stands to be a busy next few weeks.

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Hwy Pro web portal offers dispatch, business services

Coming to a smartphone near you is the Hwy Pro business process technology outsourcing app, which has already launched as a web portal -- optimized for mobile devices -- that gives participating owner-operators access to loads, invoicing and payment services.

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ELDs’ impact under study by C.H. Robinson/Iowa State University

With a white paper due as early as October, the broker is working with researchers to help the industry understand what ELDs could mean for hours, what productivity/capacity issues would result and what improvements could be made to ease the transition.

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Owner-op Scott Jordan bags Harley-Davidson in giveaway

Scott Jordan of Peculiar, Mo., uses the KeepTruckin logbook app but not its ELD upgrade intended to satisfy FMCSA's mandate requirement. Jordan's nonetheless happily surprised to be the new owner of a Harley-Davison KeepTrucking and Comdata gave away at GATS.

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‘Benefit of the doubt’ to the driver on the ELD mandate: Texas sergeant urges officers ‘punt’ in questionable situations

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, listen in on a conversation with Texas Sergeant Dana Moore at GATS about roadside hours reality and ELDs post-mandate. Plus: Todd Amen on the burgeoning freight economy, tunes from trucker-songwriter Michael Lochmiller...

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