Max Heine

Owner-operator 2016 income stable, even with downturn

Owner-operator miles and earnings have been steady this year, according to ATBS. Based on clients’ third quarter, annualized net income would top $61,000.

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Video: A great creation for the Great Race

A cocktail of a W900, an International 4900, a Ford pickup and a fabricated hood

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Nomination period open for Overdrive’s Owner-Operator of the Year contest, winner gets $25k cash

The nomination period for the Owner-Operator of the Year and Company Driver of the Year contests, each of which carry a $25,000 cash prize, is open until Nov. 6.

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Brokers and owner-operators: A view from the other side

Lies. Late payments. Ridiculously low payments. No payments. Owner-operators' brokerage horror stories are legion, but how does the process look from the broker's perspective? Max Heine visits Birmingham-based TLS to take a look.

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Turning the national anthem into a scapegoat

Overdrive’s readers also feel strongly – as strongly as Colin Kaepernick feels about unjustified police shootings and other black oppression – that they’re abused by governmental officials. Instead of bullets and bludgeons, these officials wield an expanding arsenal of regulations that often add expense and misery to truckers’ everyday lives.

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Steel hauler recalls cabovers, wreck runaways and more from six decades

When Richard Maxwell started driving, cabovers were common, truck stop amenities were sparse and Dwight Eisenhower was still president.

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When regulation hurts worse than paltry pay

When nearly two-thirds of truckers (for owner-operators alone, 71 percent), working ridiculously long hours for modest pay, are far more aggravated over regulations and lack of respect than they are money, something’s amiss. It’s no surprise that turnover stays high.

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Prediction: Rates will jump with ELD transition

"We're going to have a truck shortage when this ELD rule gets put into effect," said ATBS' Todd Amen said during his Partners in Business GATS presentation. "Essentially it's like taking 200,000 to 300,000 trucks off the road." Here's how much he sees rates jumping.

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Saving time with curtainside trailer, losing it with detention

“So now you get your phone out, take a nap, find something to occupy your time,” said steel hauler Jeremy Johnson said. “I just sit here and wait till they get it all sorted out at my expense.”

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How Covenant relies on teams for its edge

The company has about 900 teams and 375 solo drivers. About 90 of the trucks are owner-operated. For hazmat-certified owner-operators, the team opportunities include 100 percent no-touch freight, $1.03 per mile, a safety bonus, a $1,000 monthly bonus to each team that runs 15,000 miles, and other benefits.

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