challenges

Household goods hauling: Challenges explored with moving veteran Fred Metzler

Fred Metzler stresses what he sees as unique household hauling challenges -- and practices of some companies that are cutting into owner-operators' incomes in the space significantly. Also: Wes Memphis says good-bye to his paper logs in week one of an electronic transition.

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Friday round-up: Small-fleet struggles hit the mainstream, apnea ‘twilight zone’ the local paper

A local paper in Minnesota gets the apnea issue more or less right. And: To adapt or not to adapt -- the Wall Street Journal paints small-carrier woes with broad brush, with mixed results.

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You can’t get there from here

"South Street: 'The street my cousin lives across from. You know, the girl who married a big red-headed guy.' Giving directions to people is really difficult, but here's the thing: I know this about myself and so don't attempt to give directions."

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New project truck for owner-operator Rick Weisheit: ’78 KW

Bouncing back from a severe case of psoriasis, Rick Weisheit Jr. embarks on a custom build with a 1978 Kenworth W900.

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Retrofit-DPF sales to satisfy California regulations lag

The total number of verified DPFs sold by companies for diesels operating in California in the first half of 2013 was 3,508 and includes both passive and active DPFs.

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Poll: What issues should the new DOT Secretary make his highest priority?

We asked -- you responded. From the many comments suggesting appropriate efforts for the top transportation officer in the land, we put together this poll on needed action from incoming Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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The California challenge

Operators of pre-2007 trucks who currently operate in California have some tough choices coming with CARB's truck emissions rules -- here are some ways to think about them to help navigate.

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Watch those post-crash-inspection violations

They shouldn't be assigned severity weights to contribute to a carrier's ranking in any CSA BASIC if the violation was a result of the crash.

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Long live the owner-operator!

Is the owner-operator a dying breed? Voices responding to the question posed on the Overdrive Extra blog suggest a shift in profitability toward short-haul niches.

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