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Readers debate viability of pre-2000 model year approach to avoiding ELD mandate

At the center of the commentary, pushback on the notion that near-20-year-old equipment could be considered reliable enough to deliver suitable profitability. As one commenter noted, telling his story, an owner-operator might do well "to have two -- one to run, and one for a spare. And one for parts if you can store it.""

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MyGeotab app now in iOS

If you run a small fleet and utilize Geotab for logs or other services, the MyGeotab app, newly available for iPhones and iPads, makes it easier to manage productivity, safety and vehicle status from a mobile phone.

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GOP dominance could derail efforts to reform driver pay

Trucking industry lobbyists hope to leverage fresh Republican control in Washington, D.C., to pass the so-called Denham Amendment, which would prevent enforcement of state-level laws dictating truck drivers’ time and pay. Opponents say the measure would slam the door on driver pay reform efforts.

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The ELD mandate and the House Freedom Caucus

OOIDA urging members to engage caucus members on ELDs. And a question: What's your view of the ELD mandate today?

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POLL: What’s your view of the ELD mandate?

In the wake of the 7th Circuit appeals court's decision not to re-hear OOIDA's case against the ELD mandate final rule, what's your view of the mandate today?

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Combating the theft problem with information

CargoNet offers members a reporting service which ensures theft info is distributed to a network of more than 125,000 officers in more than 9,000 jurisdictions around the country, including the several regional cargo theft task forces that exist.

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Court ruling could allow Swift owner-operators to receive back pay, more

About 5,000 of Swift’s 19,000 drivers are owner-operators, but only five owner-operators are involved in the lawsuit explicitly.

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ELD mandate sees another court victory, OOIDA plans to appeal to Supreme Court

A three-judge panel for the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has denied OOIDA’s request for the court to rehear its case against the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate, which takes effect later this year. OOIDA says it plans to appeal to the decision to uphold the mandate to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Van, reefer demand and rate picture mixed the first week of the year

DAT's Ken Harper says owner-operators might be right to be expressing optimism about their business prospects for 2017: "With the economy picking up, and economic forecasts showing growth, it should (could?) be a very good year for spot freight."

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Shipper predictions: Freight will pick up in 2017

Shippers mostly expect freight movement to grow in 2017, according to a survey of more than 2,200 shippers recently conducted by Averitt Express, one of the country’s largest carriers.

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