Business

ELDs at the ‘right price’: No-monthly-fee e-logs explored

In the crowded ELD market, a few companies set themselves apart with systems requiring no monthly fee. Who they are, and considerations of support, availability and utility.

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Higher driver pay drove carriers’ costs higher in 2016

Carrier costs on the whole climbed 1.5 cents a mile last year, according to a report from the American Transportation Research Institute, with increases in spending on driver wages and benefits outpacing savings from lower fuel expenditures.

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New ELD with no monthly fee

The Switchboard company has released its free mobile application, which with a onetime $250 investment in an ECM connecting device allows truck drivers to comply with the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's electronic logging device mandate. 

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Partners in Business tip: Save every receipt, no matter how small

Why “tip” the taxman? Place an envelope in your truck for collecting your receipts and send them at the end of each month to your business services provider, who can then provide you with a monthly profit and loss statement as well as accurate quarterly tax estimates.

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Guardian camera system/Geotab integration

The Guardian system by Seeing Machines, which combines road- and driver-facing cameras with processing power to detect signs of fatigue and/or distraction, is now available as an add-in on telematics/ELD provider Geotab's marketplace for third-party tools.

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Board that sets carrier registration fees set to meet later this month

The Board is currently under scrutiny after a recently filed lawsuit claims the UCR Board met to decide fee changes without a public notice, as required by federal law.

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Shippers expect big rate increases as market swings in truckers’ favor

Shippers fear "double-digit," by percentage, rate increases loom as trucking capacity continues to tighten and spot market freight activity -- and rates -- continue to gain ground. Spot market rates have soared in recent months, and the contract market could be next, says an FTR analyst.

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Fleets’ private eyes, platform No. 4: SmartDrive’s SmartIQ data analytics platform

From Overdrive's exploration of driver fatigue monitoring systems: Lytx' multi-camera system detects fatigue only insofar as signs of it are observed by event reviewers or can be extrapolated from on-highway interactions.

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Fleets’ private eyes, platform No. 3: Lytx’s ActiveVision add-on to the DriveCam service

From Overdrive's exploration of driver fatigue monitoring systems: Lytx is perhaps the biggest dual-camera-system purveyor, with its DriveCam system equipped in 400,000 trucks. Its new ActiveVision system adds machine-vision technology to the road-facing camera to detect lane departure, following distance and more.

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Trump: ‘We want lower taxes, bigger paychecks for America’s truckers’

“No one knows America better than America’s truckers,” Trump told the crowd. He pressed for lower tax rates for individuals and businesses and a simpler filing system and spoke gushingly about trucking. "Nothing gets done in America without the hard-working men and women in the trucking industry," he said.

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