Business

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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Fleets’ private eyes, platform No. 2: Netradyne’s Driver-i system

From Overdrive's special exploration of fatigue monitoring systems: A look at Netradyne's Driver-i system, which, in addition to a dual-view dashcam, is working on the ability to recognize signs of fatigue and distraction inside the cab.

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Rates up: A result of last week’s ELD protests?

Rates haven't been as good as they were last week since the Snowpocalypse of 2014, notes DAT's Ken Harper. But before you attribute that to the number of owner-operators who shut down last week in solidarity with ELD protests around the country, consider truck posts on DAT boards weren't off by much. Reefer, van demand updates here.

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Partners in Business tip: Remember the warranty during truck loan negotiations

When you are negotiating for a truck loan, make sure your dealership is able to service your truck and that warranty work and downtime will have the least possible effect on your driving time and miles. Get warranty agreements in writing and make sure you understand them.

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