Polls

POLL: Biggest issue you’ve seen lately with road conditions/maintenance?

Given falling federal infrastructure investment and lack of funding in some states for adequate highway expansion and repair, this poll looks at the issue where the rubber meets the road -- what have you experienced?

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POLL: Small fleets, which comes first — the driver or the truck?

For those among readers who've owned more than one truck, this poll asks a question relative to views on expansion strategy: Best to buy a truck to fit a dependable driver or the converse, focus on hiring only as needed to utilize equipment?

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POLL: Future for ‘fatigued driving’ enforcement?

Could DWF (driving while fatigued) be treated like DUI? Will technologies emerge enabling real-time monitoring in-cab to eventually give way to an entirely new approach to the hours of service? Which of these (or other) scenarios do you think might be most likely in the future ....

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POLL: Ideal future for the 34-hour restart?

With Congressional attention back on the 34-hour restart in the hours of service after language of the FY 2016 appropriations bill put its very existence in a kind of limbo, what's your preferred version of its future?

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POLL: How often do motorists call in to complain about truckers’ driving?

"How's my driving?" Whether solicited on the truck or not, have you ever been the subject of a call-in complaint from a motorist or other trucker relative to your on-highway performance?

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POLL: Do you see a benefit to Wireless Roadside Inspection?

With technology in the test phase, questions remains as to safety credit/violation policy as well as whether any Wireless Roadside Inspection program would be voluntary or not -- what's your take on potential benefits/drawbacks of any future program today?

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POLL: The future of rates and driver pay models?

Looking out over the next decades, what do you see for mileage, percentage, hourly (or salary) pay models for leased and/or company drivers, and what's the future of rates for independents look like? Choose up to three of these scenarios or suggest your own under this poll.

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POLL: How does your 2015 business income compare to prior years?

Owner-operators, if you've put your business numbers together for 2015 as yet, how'd it turn out relative to 2014?

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POLL: What’s your business outlook for 2016?

Owner-operators, how do economic conditions and your opportunity for profit look from the driver's seat in your business? Will the coming year be better, about the same or worse than the one in the rear view?

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POLL: What’s your view of the ‘driver shortage’?

"Driver shortage" -- myth or reality, all about trucker pay or a reflection of a younger generation's generally unfavorable view of long-distance trucking, a by-product of a constraining regs enivronment? What's your view?

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