Don Lacy

Inconsistent enforcement: Know your vulnerabilities

Inspectors around the nation know well the low-hanging fruit for violations in certain industry segments.

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Who’s keeping score: Carrier use of driver-ranking tools

The final installment in our investigation of third-party driver-scorecard services details carrier practices using the tools to rank current and/or prospective drivers in the perspective of CSA.

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More O/O challenges: Image, health, parking…

After primary reporting on owner-operators' top five challenges, sources offer their personal sixth -- from parking, training standards and health to driver image and industry unity to influence public opinion and regulatory direction.

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Equipment: Probing sticker shock

Reports from operators show roughly a 30 percent rise in new-tractor pricing between 2006 and 2012 model years. Find out how operators are reacting to that rise -- and some advice -- in supplementary reporting on the No. 5 top challenge to owner-operator businesses.

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Whence the great rates?

Supplementing reporting on the No. 4 top owner-operator challenge -- freight rates -- here find an update on the state of pay and further anecdotes, information and perspective from trusted sources.

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The forces at work on detention pay

Operators and industry reps weigh in on the problem of uncompensated detention time at shippers and receivers, and what is being and could be done about it. The problem was No. 3 in Overdrive's 2012 poll of top challenges for owner-operators.

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Hours, EOBRs: Adapt or fight?

Owner-operators' No. 2 named challenge, the unsettled nature of the hours of service regulations and a potential electronic logs mandate, has moved some to embrace change, others to fight for fairness.

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Hours and EOBRs: Operator challenge No. 2

Using a survey and our social media channels, we quizzed readers about what they saw as the No. 1 problem for owner-operators. Here’s a closer look at challenge No. 2 of the top five, Hours and EOBRs, with partial solutions from owner-operators, fleet representatives and others.

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Beyond Anti-Idling

Save thousands of dollars a year on fuel by careful use of your right foot — and your head. Don’t ignore driving habits and other strategies to supplement the benefits of minimal idling.

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CSA Part 2: Maintaining your equipment

Now more than ever, you’re responsible for what you drive, including company trailers. Take control of maintenance with robust inspection procedures and self-education to avoid inspection hassles.

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