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‘Should have planned better’ only goes so far when road realities are at play

As so many owner-operators have noted in past, "planning better" will only get you so far when it comes to ELDs, a 14-hour rule with rigid ends and little opportunity to extend it or stop it for mid-period rest. Owner-operator Mark Kirbyson, in this latest edition of Overdrive Radio, concurs wholeheartedly.

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‘Don’t work more for less’ is reader Tom Hall’s message on hours, ELDs

"A specialty equipment hauler once asked me just why some steel haulers will 'haul 20,000 pounds overloaded for $1 a hundred when I make as much or more money hauling 40,000-pound legal loads at $2 a hundred?'" --Tom Hall on the scrum over income, pay, ELDs, hours and more. Hall views forcing pay for all time worked as a solution to many issues.

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‘Here’s to causing a crisis’: Is there a shutdown going on?

Those were among the words of independent owner-operator Brita Nowak, who's closed her one-truck business in part in protest of the 14-hour rule's inflexibility, combined with the new record-keeping reality of the ELD mandate.

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KeepTruckin ELD in Pilot Flying J stores

The KeepTruckin e-log app and ELD system, well-known among drivers, is now being stocked for purchase in Pilot Flying J stores.

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Spot market records broken again for first week of the year

With on-highway anecdotes of $5-plus/mile rates not hard to come by, the weekly spot market demand report gets a little closer to revealing ELDs' rates impact in van, reefer. The first week of the new year "has broken all the records we set when we ended the old year," says DAT's Matt Sullivan.

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Tow truck drivers, small seasonal fleet file for ELD exemptions

The Towing and Recovery Association of America requested a five-year exemption from the mandate for tow truck drivers. STC Inc., a 75-truck seasonal propane-hauling fleet, also requested an exemption from ELDs.

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The coming of blockchain

Carriers, manufacturers and other trucking players are flocking to an emerging ‘distributed ledger’ approach to online business. Here’s how it could affect owner-operators.

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Trash haulers, oil rig group and others ask FMCSA for ELD exemption

Trash hauling and recycling fleet American Disposal Services, oilfield service fleet Cudd Energy Services, the Agricultural Retailers Association and the Association of Energy Service Companies have each petitioned FMCSA for ELD exemptions for five years.

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Comment period opens for OOIDA’s request to exempt small business truckers from ELD mandate

OOIDA has asked the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to exempt small businesses (defined by the Small Business Administration as those with up to $27.5 million a year in revenue) who have no at-fault crashes on their record and who have a "Satisfactory" or "Conditional" from the ELD mandate.

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Business outlook trending pessimistic in the new year for owner-operators

And ... a few late Christmas wishes from a variety of owner-operators on Overdrive's Facebook page, with their rigs dressed up for the holiday last week. . .

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