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Did Anybody Read this when it came out on the afternoon Bulkloads email?

May 12, 2021 at 05:49 PM CST
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This was the last paragraph on the news article talking about the FMCSA relaxing hours of service in response to the pipeline hack.

The are talking about DAT: "The Portland, Oregon-based firm’s statistics did not cover tanker trucks, but said the seven-day average line-haul rate (excluding fuel surcharges) for dry vans was $2.27 a mile last week, 95 cents higher than the same period one year ago. Likewise, spot refrigerated freight averaged $2.61 per mile (up 94 cents) and the average flatbed rate was $2.62 per mile (up 93 cents)."

I believe the fuel surcharge adds another .38 cents per mile.

It appears the general freight market is BOOMING....

My hopper looks lonely out there!

Replied on Thu, May 13, 2021 at 07:33 AM CST
Hopper will always find a way to pay welfare rates. I've been running Hopper 2-4 days a week and running Refer the remaining days. I'm very fussy in what runs I take, and this has clearly been a great decision. I just turned down 2 step deck loads paying 12k for 1 week worth of work. Many are paying round trip on long haul if they have time sensitive loads. The market is crazy and everyone who took advantage of Covid last year to gouge truckers is remembered this year.
Replied on Thu, May 13, 2021 at 07:33 AM CST
It’s booming because the ELD forced many to take a early retirement, and today’s tech Savy hipsters want no part of driving a truck, that’s to 1950ish for these tech Savy hipsters, they find rolling coal and chrome to be repulsive, they would rather work from home and hit the Ganj, trucking simply can’t compete.
Replied on Thu, May 13, 2021 at 08:27 AM CST
Quote: "It’s booming because the ELD forced many to take a early retirement, and today’s tech Savy hipsters want no part of driving a truck, that’s to 1950ish for these tech Savy hipsters, they find rolling coal and chrome to be repulsive, they would rather work from home and hit the Ganj, trucking simply can’t compete."

I agree....I been pulling a stepdeck as farmers have mad money right now for toys...There are not enoigh trucks to move all this equipment.. Grain brokers call everyday wanting me to haul grain..I say "you want me to haul for that rate"? No thanks..

Replied on Thu, May 13, 2021 at 09:29 AM CST
Quote: "It’s booming because the ELD forced many to take a early retirement, and today’s tech Savy hipsters want no part of driving a truck, that’s to 1950ish for these tech Savy hipsters, they find rolling coal and chrome to be repulsive, they would rather work from home and hit the Ganj, trucking simply can’t compete."

I agree. But the problem I see ususally in this case is the older drivers aren't willing to learn or don't trust technology and the younger generations don't want to work for a living. Its kind of pitiful on both sides.

Replied on Thu, May 13, 2021 at 02:12 PM CST
Quote: "I agree. But the problem I see ususally in this case is the older drivers aren't willing to learn or don't trust technology and the younger generations don't want to work for a living. Its kind of pitiful on both sides. "

I had a friend encounter a newbie at a rest area on I/80 in Iowa. Newbie's GPS wasn't working and he asked my friend if this road would take him to Indiana.

I can't read a road atlas under a dome light at 65 mph anymore. I'm coming a long with the technology. A lot of kicking and screaming though.

Replied on Thu, May 13, 2021 at 03:19 PM CST
Quote: "I had a friend encounter a newbie at a rest area on I/80 in Iowa. Newbie's GPS wasn't working and he asked my friend if this road would take him to Indiana. I can't read a road atlas under a dome light at 65 mph anymore. I'm coming a long with the technology. A lot of kicking and screaming though."

I definitely still think the youngsters need to know how to read an atlas. How embarrassing

Replied on Fri, May 14, 2021 at 10:32 AM CST
I had a kid ask me what State NE was, and then I had and old timer ask me if I'd enter his destination into Google maps for him. All of us have shortcomings except for me.
Replied on Wed, May 26, 2021 at 04:10 PM CST
Quote: "It’s booming because the ELD forced many to take a early retirement, and today’s tech Savy hipsters want no part of driving a truck, that’s to 1950ish for these tech Savy hipsters, they find rolling coal and chrome to be repulsive, they would rather work from home and hit the Ganj, trucking simply can’t compete."

Ohhh here it is the dreaded eld's fault. Making people retire. How in the world did eld's make ANYONE retire? I am so dam sick of this bs, I could scream. Oh, lets get more government regs in here as well. That way we can just be like little puppets, and let the gov pay us. did I mention its the eld's faulut we had to shut down the country? Yep, I heard it at the coffee counter, so it must be true.

Replied on Thu, May 27, 2021 at 08:28 AM CST
Quote: "Ohhh here it is the dreaded eld's fault. Making people retire. How in the world did eld's make ANYONE retire? I am so dam sick of this bs, I could scream. Oh, lets get more government regs in here as well. That way we can just be like little puppets, and let the gov pay us. did I mention its the eld's faulut we had to shut down the country? Yep, I heard it at the coffee counter, so it must be true. "

Nickel, why do you get mad at people who want big brother to dictate the rate, but you also get mad at people who don't want big brother to dictate their sleeping schedule? Are you pro big brother, or anti big brother?