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New electronic toll collection solution for leased-equipment providers from Bestpass

MATS 2017

Bestpass’ new Leased Equipment Toll Solution (LETS) is a toll-management service for leased equipment providers, not only tractors and trailers but other vehicles of all shapes and sizes. Bestpass, known for enabling volume discounts for fleets and owner-operators through group buying power on tolls around the nation, launched the new solution to engage what it calls a sizable new market with often sizable headaches around toll billing. The company called LETS the first solution of its ...

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Rethink ‘say no to cheap freight,’ says owner-operator coach Kevin Rutherford

MATS 2017

Rates are determined almost exclusively by supply and demand, says Rutherford, not operators' willingness to turn down cheap loads. The remaining percentage is determined by truckers' ability to define their value and negotiate with brokers, he says.

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Certain regs suspended for wildfire relief haulers in Kansas, Oklahoma

Kansas and Oklahoma have suspended certain regulations for truckers hauling hay and other wildfire relief supplies in the states.

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New truck parking app looks to give drivers more options

MATS 2017

The goal, the company says, is to build a community of truckers to rate the parking locations, add new locations if they aren't already in the app and help other drivers by adding information regarding parking availability.

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BigRoad acquired by Fleet Complete

Fleet Complete, a provider of fleet telematics and mobile workforce technology with an electronic logging device solution on the market, announced it has acquired BigRoad, the mobile-focused hours-of-service and small-fleet-centric dispatching software solution.

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Rear-end crash mitigation system now standard on Peterbilt 579

MATS 2017

Peterbilt this year will make the Bendix Advanced Wingman Fusion -- meant to mitigation rear-end collisions -- standard equipment on its on-highway Model 579 tractor. Peterbilt made the announcement Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show. The system will be standard starting later this year.

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App-based ELD offers varied features

MATS 2017

TruckX founder Tapan Chaudhari announced the company's electronic logging device and fleet management software Wednesday at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville, Ky. The ELD function, like that of many TruckX competitors, is based on a mobile app and a box that connects to the truck's electronic control module. TruckX offers three pricing choices. The Basic level, which is free, includes basic logging, dispatching and load features. The Standard level, at $16 per month per truck, adds at ...

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Overdrive’s Most Beautiful finalist Michele Dupre

Michele Dupre started driving 30 years ago. She was able to raise her two children on her own while maintaining her career and has been named best driver. She’s also powered through health issues, including back problems caused by driving, to keep on trucking. Based in Galliano, Louisiana, she now drives for American Eagle. Regardless of her health, Dupre "still gets up at the crack of dawn and cranks that truck up and chugs on down ...

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Vans, flats in good demand — and improving — on the spot market

Conditions continue to improve for many truckers in the spot market in many areas around the country. In this week's update, the flatbed Hot States map is about as hot as we've ever seen it. Rates and volumes did retreat, however, in some areas,

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Fixing the 14-hour rule: FMCSA moving closer to flexible sleeper-split pilot program

Kelly Regal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's associate administrator for research and information technology, outlined the agency's research work around sleep and fatigue at the Managing Fatigue international conference in San Diego, Calif., Tuesday. Of perhaps principle interest to owner-operators, Regal updated attendees on progress toward what she's calling the FMCSA's "Flexible sleeper berth pilot program." It's been more than a year since any news emerged about it, following its contracting to the Virginia Tech ...

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