Business

When a straight 14 might not be the ideal, or safest, option: Four loads over two days in Ohio with Scott Reed

Hear part of Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills' many conversations with Buckland, Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed over two days on the road in mid-April 2017. It tells the story of what Reed sees as a certainly less-than-ideal hours rule when it comes to his shorter-haul van operation.

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Drivewyze road-safety alerts come to Penn. turnpike

Weigh-station bypass service Drivewyze is rolling out a rollover-zone and other safety-notifications feature to its PreClear product later this year after a pilot test. Pennsylvania Turnpike is the latest jurisdiction/route to participate to enable safety alerts along routes.

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Senators ask GAO to assess autonomous trucks’ potential to displace workers

In the wake of the FMCSA's Monday listening session on regulating the highly automated driving environment expected in the future, Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed request GAO study the issue of job displacement -- more commentary from the session explored here.

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Director ELD platform self-certified

Teletrac Navman announced its Director ELD platform is now self-certified and listed on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device registry under the name of its in-cab ELD component, the Teletrac Navman Drive unit.

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Trump proposes tax cut for owner-operator businesses

It’s unclear how many single-truck owner-operator businesses would be affected by the tax cut, as many owner-operators already are in or below the 15 percent bracket.

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Loose capacity a ‘speed limiter’ on rising rates in van freight

The national average van rate held tight at $1.68 per mile last week. Still, rising lanes continue to outnumber falling lanes in what’s been a slow and steady trend.

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Partners in Business tip: Use overdraft protection

There are options that are much less costly than bouncing a check.

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Brake Safety Week intensifies this year to a single-day blitz

Save the date: Sept. 7 is Brake Safety Day this year. The International Roadcheck enforcement blitz is on its way in just more than a month, June 6-8. And later in the year, the activities around Operation Safe Driver Oct. 15-21 will target unsafe behaviors, including those of automobile drivers navigating around commercial vehicles.

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1,300 truckers could see payout in Central Refrigerated classification case

This summer, 1,300 Central Refrigerated Service truckers anticipate a damages determination by the arbitrator who concluded they had been misclassified as independent contractors by the carrier, who’s owned by Swift Transportation.

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ELDs: How much does compliance with mandate cost?

While the $1,000-plus onboard systems with expensive ongoing costs in maintenance and subscriptions haven’t gone away entirely, many inexpensive options exist, even among dedicated units.

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