Polls

POLL: Do you aspire to contract for freight direct with shippers?

Independents with authority, in a perfect world, would you do most of your freight business direct with shippers? Are you already there? Or: do you most appreciate current relationships with your broker(s)?

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POLL: Thanksgiving plans, driver?

Got turkey-day plans with the family back home, a well-deserved bit of time off with friends? Or will you spend it on the road? Let us know here.

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POLL: Independents, who’s your primary customer?

Do you haul freight sourced from one broker exclusively or a mix of multiple brokers? One direct shipper with brokered freight on the return? Other combinations?

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POLL: What’s the biggest trucking issue?

The American Transportation Research Institute's top 10 trucking issues, identified by fleets, were released early this week. This poll asks which of them (or others) is most important to you.

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POLL: Rest areas v. truck stops — where is parking more difficult for you?

Considering your total parking needs, at what kinds of facilities do you experience the greatest problems -- public facilities like rest areas or private truck stops? All of the above? Sound off here.

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POLL: Do you use push-to-talk functionality/devices other than the CB?

With the rise of smartphone apps enabling push-to-talk functionality on such devices, and the continued attraction of the Nextel-popularized function, this poll looks at current use of the technology.

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POLL: Where do you stand on raising truck weight limits with an extra axle?

With recent introduction of the so-called "Safe Trucking Act" in Congress to boost weigh limits to 91,000 lbs. with an extra axle, what's your view of the principle effects of such added weight?

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POLL: Do you carry health insurance?

What's been your situation relative to health insurance through this year? Covered on your spouse's plan or a plan grandfathered by Obamacare? Purchased on the exchanges? Not covered at all?....

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POLL: Best way to tackle detention?

Should government mandate, as the Obama administration's DOT has attempted, that carriers pay detention to drivers, or is continued industry standardization of detention pay the best tack? Something else?

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POLL: Best method of calculating fair detention-pay rates?

How do you determine what to ask for detention rates per hour? Assuming allowing for reasonable load/unload times to be "free," which of the options here best describes how you do, or would, make the calculation?

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