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Making the truck acquisition decision: To lease or purchase?

Rising equipment, maintenance costs drive closer looks at options old and new for acquiring a truck by purchase, lease-purchase or full-service lease deal.

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FMCSA medical board to make sleep apnea rule recommendations this month

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration later this month will take the next step toward a rulemaking governing the screening and treatment of truck drivers suspected of having moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea.

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Video: Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ ‘plan for success’

"People complain about the rates," says owner-operator Gary Buchs, but "not everybody's losing money." Buchs suggests too much emphasis is placed on an aspect of the business that owner-operators have only partial degrees of control over. "It's better," he says, "to have your costs in line -- I have total control over that."

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Mailbag: ELD choice — ‘wait and see’ mode a hope for common sense?

Among other voices responding to recent ELD market, privacy reports: "Most experienced, knowledgeable professionals still hold out hope that some common sense will prevail in the government to recognize any positive impact on safety will not be due to the implementation of ELDs."...

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Sleep apnea research: Truck operators must spend average of $1,200 for testing when apnea suspected

In wake of three federal listening sessions, ATRI's driver survey on apnea drops data on high costs. New data from readers also show the incidence of screening, testing and treatment has continued to rise in recent years.

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ELD mandate: Is drivers’ time saved by e-logs worth near $2 billion annually?

Just as it's pretty hard to estimate time saved in a reliable way, it's pretty hard for paper and pencil to malfunction in the same way a computer can -- delving into FMCSA's ELD mandate cost-benefit analysis.

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Early adopters: Getting ahead of the ELD mandate

Most owner-operators still oppose an ELD mandate as the final rule gets closer. Yet some independents see benefits in trying out new technology to adjust to what they believe to be an eventual reality.

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Buyers’ market: The truck-purchasing landscape for owner-operators

With the credit market loosened and late-model used truck prices looking better, it’s a good time to trade, but watch out for problems with emissions systems -- results from Overdrive's 2015 Truck Purchase and Lease Survey.

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A couple’s experience with health-insurance premiums

“Once tax season hits, people are going to freak out.” --insurance agent Holly McCombs on Obamacare reaction. She and her husband, car hauler David McCombs, remain insured off the ACA exchanges.

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Why diesel’s sluggish price drop should accelerate  

Now that gasoline has plunged below $2 a gallon in some markets and diesel remains above $3, you might wonder why diesel prices haven’t fallen as fast.

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