Business

What’s your business’ outlook for 2018?

It's that time of year again -- when we all take stock of the past 12 months and look ahead to the next, still with, however, the ELD mandate looming this time around. Considering all of it, amid an improving rate environment, what's your sense of how 2018 will shape up. Better? Worse? The same? ...

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Audio mailbag: Truckers’ voices raised against the ELD mandate with less than a week left

When it comes to rules and regulations, the ELD mandate may well go down in history as the most protested in FMCSA’s history. As the enforcement deadline bears down, truckers around the nation sound off. Also: What does the ELD mandate have to do with the moon and Mars? ...

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ELDs put spotlight on the detention quagmire

The uncertainty around detention timing in live-load/-unload situations is perhaps the biggest potential problem for drivers and carriers using ELDs. It’s also one in which ELDs may be the best tool for combatting the issue, to the benefit of drivers and fleets.

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POLL: Have you begun running with an ELD/AOBRD for e-logs?

With the ELD mandate's Dec. 18 enforcement deadline less than a week out, some surveys have estimated as only half of truckers are ready for the deadline. What's the status of your operation relative to e-logs, whether exempt from the mandate or not?

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Senators push for further delay of ELD compliance for livestock haulers

A bi-partisan group of 20 U.S. Senators has filed a letter with Senate leaders Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) expressing their support for a Congressional measure to give livestock haulers and insect haulers at least an extra 10 months to comply with the federal government’s electronic logging device mandate.

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ELD adoption by owner-operators upticks as mandate deadline nears

The number of small carriers, including owner-operators running fewer than five trucks, who report being in compliance with the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate spiked in recent weeks, according to polling figures from CarrierLists. See the numbers here...

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Dealing with hours violations beyond your control in ELDs

Recording hours with ELDs: State and federal law enforcement officials urge drivers to practice blunt honesty in special cases, using annotations on duty statuses and status changes to explain the situation in detail. In many cases, officer leniency could prevail.

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When ‘being in the red is a good thing’: Van spot market hot states — all but Mass., Fla.

The national van average rate is back up to $2.09/mile post-Thanksgiving, and the load to truck ratio is a record 9:3. All states but the two named are shaded deep red, indicating high demand for trucking services ...

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Evotrux’ new freight-bid platform

The new Evotrux shipper/broker-carrier connection platform, based in Canada, has launched its online-bid system in which carriers can bid on loads posted by shippers and brokers.

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Will enforcement use ELD data for purposes beyond hours of service?

Some in the industry have worried ELD data would be used at roadside or by compliance-review auditors to uncover violations other than hours infractions. If it is, it will be a violation of Congressional directive.

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