Todd Dills

Rates and volumes way up in the spot market

Any owner-operators shutting down this week in protest of the electronic logging device mandate might have missed some of the best freight and rate conditions on the spot market that have been seen in the past several years. Updates for dry van, flatbed, based on last week's data.

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From the scene in D.C. and around the country as grassroots groups press against the ELD mandate

This week's Overdrive Radio podcast: Anti-ELD demonstrators in D.C. met with officials at FMCSA offices Thursday after spending Wednesday spread across the city in small groups. Tony Justice on tactics. A sampling of calls from around the country about events this week.

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Fatigue’s fast track — Dashcam Monitoring: Private Eyes, Watching You

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ELD protests Day 2: Truckers roll in, stage along rigs in front of DOT headquarters

Early Wednesday, roughly 30 trucks rolled into Washington, D.C., bobtail, and parked along Constitution Ave. and in front of Department of Transportation headquarters, where truckers protested the ELD mandate, the hours of service rule and more.

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It’s the little things: ELD conversations where it matters short- and long-term, on Capitol Hill

Poll results: Nearly half of respondents are reporting being shut down this week, and more from D.C. with a slow start to ELD protest events scheduled to run through this coming weekend. Drivers meet reps, Congressional staffers, more ...

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Truckers converge on Washington, D.C., for events this week

Scenes from Doswell, Va.: Among other efforts, the "ELD or Me" anti-ELD mandate group's planned D.C. activities have gotten under way today, after things got started in earnest as the group members set up shop at the Doswell Truck Stop in Doswell, Va.

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14-hour, ELD reform should be top priority for new FMCSA administrator, readers say

Readers delivered on our call for viewpoint on just where the next FMCSA administrator's priorities should sit -- the electronic logging device mandate stood out, with views toward hours of service reform with an emphasis on greater split-sleeper flexibility a primary theme.

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Trimble’s FieldMaster Logs ELD self-certified

The ruggedized-tablet-type dedicated unit ELD adds hours of service and driver vehicle inspection report functionality as part of a robust Fleet Management portfolio.

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Congressional low-hanging fruit for the Babin ELD delay bill, and a real shortage in Puerto Rico

Recall the House Freedom Caucus, which called for review/repeal of a myriad of regs (ELD mandate included) as Trump came into office? These caucus members voted against the recent delay amendment. And: An actual shortage of haulers in Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria's aftermath.

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Spot market gains in the last week — dry van, reefer at record volumes

Up, up, up: Spot market volumes hit an all-time high on the top 100 van lanes last week. And at $1.94 per mile, the national van rate is the highest it’s been in two and a half years – 16 cents higher than the overall August average.

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