July 4, 2018

Spot market and contract rates are expected to remain high throughout 2018

Spot market and contract rates are expected to remain high throughout 2018

In a recent webinar by FTR, analysts predicted that both spot market and contract rates would continue to remain high throughout 2018. Ever since the implementation of the ELD mandate, the trucking industry has been experiencing a record-tight truck market and extraordinarily high rates. According to FTR analysts, the situation

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July 3, 2018

Hours-of-service compliance has improved significantly after ELD mandate

Hours-of-service compliance improved after ELD mandate

The primary purpose of the ELD mandate is to improve hours-of-service compliance and increase road safety. How effective has it been so far? Recent data from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reveals that hours-of-service compliance has improved significantly after ELD mandate. In July and August 2017, before the implementation of

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July 3, 2018

The ATA-backed HOURS Act seeks hours-of-service flexibility and more

The ATA-backed HOURS Act seeks hours of service flexibility and more

The Honest Operators Undertake Road Safety or HOURS Act (H.R. 6178) was introduced on June 21 by Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR). The bill, if made law, would add flexibility to some hours-of-service rules and also allow the FMCSA to accelerate the formal rulemaking process for split sleeper berth options. The

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June 28, 2018

Increasing driver turnover rate is a major problem for large carriers

Increasing driver turnover rate is a major problem for large carriers

According to the American Trucking Association, the driver turnover rate for large truckload carriers has jumped up by 6%. Large truckload carriers now have a 94% driver turnover rate — which is a 20% increase from the turnover rate in the first quarter of 2017. Large truckload carriers are those that

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June 28, 2018

Rising fuel prices: How to stay efficient and profitable

Rising fuel prices - How to stay efficient and profitable

Fuel-related expenditures represent a huge portion of a fleet’s overall expenses. According to a report by the American Transport Research Institute, fuel cost makes up 30 to 40 percent of a fleet’s cost per mile. Moreover, because of the rising fuel prices, trucking companies, as well as owner-operators, often find

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June 25, 2018

The CVSA announces dates for Brake Safety Week 2018

The CVSA announces dates for Brake Safety Week 2018

The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CVSA) has announced dates for this year’s Brake Safety Week. The weeklong inspection blitz will take place from September 16 to September 22, and the special focus will be on brake components. According to a press release by the CVSA, “Properly functioning brake systems are

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June 20, 2018

New AOBRD capability provides greater flexibility

New AOBRD capability provides great flexibility

We’re pleased to announce the release of our new AOBRD Vehicle Motion Threshold feature, which gives AOBRD users greater flexibility in their operation. The latest update offers you more control over AOBRD compliant vehicles by allowing you to choose the exact speed at which driving time begins recording. A completely

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June 19, 2018

5 steps to becoming a successful owner-operator

5 steps to becoming a successful owner-operator

The U.S. economy’s total trade volume is on the upswing, and 2018 continues to register positive growth in terms of the total tonnage of freight moved across the country by trucks. In fact, the American Trucking Association (ATA) predicts that an additional 900,000 truck drivers will be needed to meet

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June 19, 2018

How to start a trucking business

How to start a successful trucking business

The trucking industry is evolving, which is opening up new opportunities for truckers and trucking companies. With the implementation of new technology, such as electronic logging devices, trucking businesses are becoming more profitable, efficient, and effective. At the same time, a strong freight market is leading to increased fleet profitability.

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June 14, 2018

One20 shuts down and leaves customers without ELD support

One20 shuts down and leaves customers without ELD support

Without any prior warnings, One20 abruptly ceased its business operations and announced that it would no longer be supporting its ELD solution from June 18, 2018. The decision by One20 has left its ELD users without any ELD support. While the announcement was unfortunate for One20 ELD users, it wasn’t

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