Business

The crazy quilt of intrastate hours logging and ELD mandates

States failing to adopt an e-logging mandate. Hours of service regs differing from the federal rule. ELDs missing state-specific features. For the intrastate driver required to use e-logs, the change could get complicated.

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Will Uber Freight ‘disrupt’ trucking?

More sophisticated load-matching, combined with the availability of real-time lane data, gives nimble owner-operators a better chance to customize their business as far as net income and efficient route planning.

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Podcast: One owner-operator’s credit claw-back after identity theft | ‘ELD or me’ dates set

How did owner-operator Scott Reed find out about the theft of his identity that destroyed his good credit: He learned of erroneous warrants for his arrest out West. Hear how he repaired the situation here. Also: "ELD or me" demonstration dates set for Oct. 3-7.

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POLL: How common is identity theft — have you been a victim of it?

Identity theft can be a disaster for your credit rating in the short and, sometime, long term, if overlooked. Has it -- or related credit- or other card fraud -- ever happened to you? Weigh in here.

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FMCSA officially nixes rule on increasing minimum liability insurance required for carriers

Ultimately, the agency says it received too little feedback, particularly from insurance companies, to proceed with a rulemaking. FMCSA sought to quantify whether the current $750,000 minimum, set in 1985, was too low to cover modern liability claims.

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Trucking jobs flat in May

The for-hire trucking industry lost 100 jobs in May, according to the Department of Labor's monthly report. Construction in the month added 11,000 jobs, while manufacturing dropped 1,000.

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Notes on the BYOD ELD and implementation

Using a BYOD ELD can come with connectivity issues, among other problems, some potentially solved by dedicating a unit to the truck -- the experiences here detailed from small fleets DC Transport (all owner-operator) and mixed fleet RDS Container Yard Services.

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ATRI seeking owner-operator input for Costs of Trucking report

ATRI is looking for information on driver pay, fuel costs, insurance premiums, and lease or purchase payments. Carriers are also asked to provide cost-per-mile or cost-per-hour information from 2016.

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Lookin’ good? Spot market demand updates in flat, van, reefer

This week's update shows spot market rates were up in anticipation of the holiday week this week. Most of the top lanes for all three major tracked segments (dry van, reefer, flatbed) were "lookin' good, lookin' good," noted DAT's Ken Harper attendant to this week's load-to-truck demand maps and intel.

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Partners in Business podcast: Managing your money and time

This installment in the podcast series of Overdrive’s Partners in Business, excerpting portions of the manual coproduced with ATBS, covers how to develop and use profit and loss statements, and how to understand your revenue, earnings and costs.

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