David Owen

Audio mailbag: Minimum interstate age should be 18, insurance barriers to new owner-operators

Podcast round-up of some reader voices on minimum interstate driving age, insurance challenges for young owner-operators, hours, parking and more.

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NASTC head David Owen’s sleep apnea story

NASTC president David Owen is firm in his belief in a professional driver's ability to manage fatigue. And while he clearly knows the benefit of apnea treatment in those who suffer from it, Owen cites a fundamental disagreement with those who believe untreated apnea is public highway safety danger No. 1.

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MATS New Entrant listening session yields new ideas

Among voluminous thoughts on New Entrant testing, responding to commentary from owner-operator Michael Potwin Anne Ferro revealed that the agency's plan to downgrade adjudicated citations' violation weight in the CSA system could be in place as early as this summer.

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Be your own boss: 14 ‘do or die’ compliance duties

Failure to perform these 14 tasks will automatically fail you when the FMCSA comes calling for your New Entrant Safety Audit in the first 18 months you're in business.

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Inside small-fleet advocacy at NASTC annual meeting

Rounding up highlights from the NASTC annual meeting: CARB politics, enforcement; speed limiter rule with retrofit requirement expected in 2014, "conditional" rating the new "unsatisfactory"...

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Owner-operators: Master the credit game

With some lenders warming up to owner-operators, don’t miss the chance to improve your rating and save thousands of dollars in interest payments.

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Computing the owner-operator business — Part 2

Part 2 of this series features explores the landscape for web-based models for trucking management software for small fleets and independents -- and the mobile integration on the way.

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Playing the cards right in driver appreciation

Personal relationships drive good businesses -- nowhere is that more true than in trucking.

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NASTC’s ‘Daily Fuel Hedge’ and discount program

Two fuel-price fighting tools from the National Association of Small Trucking Companies -- their Quality Plus Network of fuel stops offering members cost-plus discounts and their Daily Fuel Hedge.

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Pay Choice

A percentage pay option can be a helpful tool in the right circumstances.

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