Overdrive Staff | April 03, 2011

STEWART BOLWARE, Norwood, N.C., Independent owner-operator

“I don’t think the roads can take it. I don’t think the caliber of drivers they got out there can take it. Are they going to increase length too? If not, I don’t know where they’re going to put [extra freight].”

PAUL JANSS, Watertown, Tenn., Independent owner-operator

“I’ve been an owner-operator for seven years, and the freight gets heavier and the rates get cheaper. I can’t compete with the big companies that buy lighter trucks and trailers to satisfy their customers who already ask them to haul 46,000 pounds and more.”

MARK ARNOLD | Bells, Texas | Independent owner of All Ways Trucking

  • Mark Ulloa

    The problem with increasing weight is that they want to raise the weight to 97,000, but they don’t want to compensate the drivers fairly. It takes more fuel, and more time. It may take more horsepower so there’s another expense. Most companies want us to do more for less. We can’t give them everything they want at our expense. We live in a time of increase money crunch, and no ones feels it more than the driver. They can increase the limit, but we don’t have to pull without FAIR compensation

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