Todd Dills

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 10 consecutive hours.

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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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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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First-ever Expediter of the Year award delivered at industry expo

Donating the $500 prize that came with the award to the St. Christopher Fund, Robert Burton, who hauls leased to V3 Transportation, embodied one of the giving quality his wife lauded him for in her nomination of him for the award.

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Don’t ‘drive through the lights’ — and other aftertreatment system PM refreshers, tips

Daniel Mustafa, Assistant Manager of Technical Development for TravelCenters of America, says he still sees otherwise upstanding, wonderful people doing the kinds of things with their trucks that can turn a less-than-$1,000 major nuisance repair into a soul-crushing $11,000 one. When it comes to the aftertreatment systems on trucks with engines of 2007 and later emissions specs, price tags for poorly maintained units mount quickly given failure-related issues that happen down the line. In the particular ...

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State of insurance for independents with new authority: Pricey, and getting pricier

When it's time to shop coverage around: With a fleet at around four years old and no significant history of claims, a seven truck fleet's liability insurance rates had risen substantially in its fourth year to roughly $15,000 annually per truck, all in. That's not how it's supposed to go, noted presenters at an insurance session at Expedite Expo.

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Podcast: ‘Make mad money! Be a freight broker!’: Independent James Woods on a culture of dishonesty among middlemen

The push for maximum profit, whatever the cost in toil or honesty be damned, clearly infects some corners of the trucking industry, to the detriment, too often, of those doing the work of hauling the freight. That's the message of independent James Woods, who spoke for this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast on subjects of transactional transparency, fair dealing and more.

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Short holiday week on the spot market: Rates rose, though demand indicators lagged

The spot market last week saw lower load volumes than in recent weeks on DAT load boards, notes the company's Ken Harper, mostly given the Fourth of July landed on a Tuesday this year. And though freight volumes were down, average rates for vans, reefers and flats were up by a dime, a nickel and a nickel respectively. 

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BigRoad DashLink ELD price drops for owner-ops

In the wake of the company's March sale to Fleet Complete company, BigRoad has reduced the price of its DashLink electronic logging device to $19.50 a month for owner-operators.

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