Join radio discussion of top trucking challenges

| August 02, 2012

The 51-year-old “Voice of the American Trucker” Overdrive entered a new chapter in its existence this month, joining forces with sister publication Truckers News and quarterly Overdrive spinoff Custom Rigs.

On the Truth About Trucking Live radio show Aug. 16, 7 p.m. EDT, join Senior Editor Todd Dills for a talk with hosts Allen and Donna Smith about these changes and Dills’ “Owner-operators’ top challenges” feature in the current edition of the magazine.

Dills and Overdrive queried readers toward developing a top challenges list, headed up by fuel prices, EOBRs and hours of service, uncompensated detention time, and freight rates and including many others besides. Discussion of these and other problems will include two of the primary sources in Dills’ August reporting, leased owner-operator Jeff Clark and Kansas City-area small fleet owner Thomas Blake, hauling intermodal containers.

Dills has been sharing supplementary reporting on the industry’s top challenges this month on his Channel 19 blog as well.

To listen to the program, tune in to the Truth About Trucking Live program on BlogTalkRadio.com Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. EDT.

  • jescott418

    As a Owner Operator for several years. It has become apparent just as truckstops are joining together in business that unless you work for a big company or simply give up being a owner operator and become a company driver. That the issues facing small truck ownership are going to overwhelm those smaller operations. The costs of equipment, lack of rate increases to keep up with inflation and other costs such as regulation costs, repairs, and just living on the road. Have put the small operator at a disadvantage. Even if you lease to a big carrier as I do. The fact is the cost savings and freight available with decent rates still do not ease much of the pain felt of high fuel costs.
    Turnover rate umung company drivers is high also which leads me to believe that not only owner operators are struggling but also company drivers. The trucking industry is slowly become a slave labor type work force with low wages, high work hours and lot’s of uncompensated time.