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A guide to ELDs: Many choices, some low cost, for meeting mandate

On Monday, the U.S. DOT begins enforcement of its ELD mandate, which requires drivers to use electronic logging devices to track hours of service. See Overdrive's comprehensive guide to ELD compliance here...

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Why driver fatigue-monitoring tech could spread quickly among fleets

While fatigue–monitoring technology holds the potential for a new approach to addressing hours of service, few observers anticipate federal action in that direction in the near future. The integration of such systems, though, appears to be well on its way, with no need for a government decree.

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Flatbed operators prospering as economy rebounds

Through September, flatbedder clients of ATBS had net income of $51,602. Even though miles driven did not change much during the first three quarters, net income per mile rose dramatically each quarter, indicating rapidly rising rates: 67.3 cents per mile, 74.7 cpm and 81.7 cpm.

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Apex Capital joins blockchain alliance

Founded just this year, the Blockchain in Trucking Alliance believes so-called "blockchain" technology, the network technology that underpins Bitcoin and generally offers greater transactional security and automation in the online world, is "one of the most significant developments for the industry" since the Internet itself.

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POLL: How familiar are you with ‘blockchain’ network transaction technology?

The latest hype machine in tech circles has been built around so-called "blockchain" technology, the networked structure that underlies Bitcoin. With some trucking interests organizing to develop blockchain standards for better security in virtual trasactions, what's your level of familiarity with the technology?

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Are driver monitoring systems destined to upend hours of service regulations?

Fatigue-monitoring technology promises to drastically narrow the often vast gap between the government’s formula for alertness and the reality of frequent fatigue. Such systems applied to individual drivers could theoretically replace the clock-based system that attempts to cover all drivers.

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Ryder partners with Geotab for rental-truck ELDs

With the launch of the ELD platform, Ryder is also offering rental customers to ability to choose between Ryder's solution or their own portable ELD equipment.

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ELD maker launches petition to add 14-hour flexibility, presents data on detention and race-the-clock dynamics

KeepTruckin's petition has a goal of garnering 10,000 signatures, and it believes their data shows hard evidence of the hurry-up effect of undue dock delays. It could provide evidence of "race-the-clock" dynamics many operators have long suspected as part-and-parcel of the 14-hour rule/ELD/dock-delay combination.

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Carriers’ ‘magic eraser’ role in compounding uncompensated-detention issue: Rico Muhammad on the e-log shift

As a trade-off for the ultimate hassle of mandated e-logs, in this Overdrive Radio podcast Muhammad's hopeful owner-operators can both individually and collectively use the change as a cudgel to their advantage when dealing with brokers, shippers, receivers ... anyone who would insist on wasting drivers' time.

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New app puts load tracking in the hands of independents

FreightPrint is out with a smartphone app and tracking service that harnesses the GPS and cellular communication capabilities of smartphones in order to put tracking tools and service into the hands of independents and small fleets.

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