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Flatbed volumes/rates remain well above average, van holding, as midsummer rate doldrums loom

"The fireworks are over," says DAT's Ken Harper, but flat and van volumes remain above average for this time of year in the last week. At once, "rates slipped for vans as urgency around the end-of-quarter inventory moves, holiday shipments and Amazon Prime sales" fell off a bit.

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Out-of-service conditions related to ELDs

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s updated out-of-service criteria include those related to electronic logging devices. None are new OOS conditions. Rather, they’re footnotes related to current OOS conditions having to do with the hours of service, namely having no log book, having no previous seven days of logs and presenting a false log. All require putting the driver OOS for eight consecutive hours.

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Pilot Flying J offering ELD special through August

Pilot Flying J announced Wednesday it is now offering the Pegasus TransTech Transflo ELD T7 at all of its locations for $99 through the end of August.

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Bill to delay ELD mandate two years filed in House

If enacted, owner-operators would have two additional years, to December 2019, to switch from paper logs to an electronic logging device. The bill has hurdles to clear before becoming law, however.

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Presenting logs with ELDs at roadside

Running with an e-logs device is one thing. Communicating e-log data to an inspector is quite another. With five months to go, states’ data transfer plans vary widely, and an ambitious federal program remains untested.

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Efforts to change ELD mandate for smaller carriers gain steam in Congress

A panel of lawmakers in the U.S. House on Monday issued a report advising FMCSA to study whether a “full or targeted delay” of the federal ELD mandate is warranted.

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FMCSA adds tool for ELD makers to test units’ roadside data transfer capabilities

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has added an online tool that allows manufacturers of electronic logging devices to test whether their records of duty status (RODS) files will transfer properly to enforcement officers during roadside inspections.

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Voices on ELDs, hours, pay as grassroots efforts begin to bear fruit

As news out of Congress shows some of the results of anti-ELD mandate forces speaking out, this voices round-up brings commentary under Max Heine's July "Pulse" column on what one reader dubbed "the real problem" at the root of ELD issues, hours. Not everyone agreed, some seeing rates/money as the more bedrock issue in all the back-and-forth over ELDs and hours. 

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Daimler recalls approximately 1,550 severe duty trucks

Affected trucks include 2015-2017 Freightliner 108SD, 2015-2017 Freightliner 114SD and 2015-2017 Freightliner Business Class M2 models built between Dec. 16, 2014, and April 27, 2017.

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TA, St. Christopher Fund partner for fundraising campaign

TravelCenters of America and the St. Christopher Truckers Development and Relief Fund are partnering for their annual month-long Band Together fundraising campaign for the fund in August. The fund supports truckers who face financial hardships due to medical problems.

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