freight rates

Strike! For .. lower freight rates?

Errant headline from a Colombian driver strike. Also: More on fuel surcharges: 3 in 4 readers collecting/charging fuel surcharges per mile report a base mpg between 5 and 7.

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Rocky restart for hours rules

The new hours of service rules began being enforced this week, despite resistance and pleas of concern over cost and productivity from drivers and the industry at large.

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POLL: Has your income improved over the last year?

Vote in this poll probing economic improvement for owner-operators over the last year. Is your business doing better?

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One hauler’s rate benchmark and more on pricing

Two operators share views on methods toward boosting rates to profitable levels -- one offering a perspective in favor of price re-regulation.

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Don’t pay for the privilege to haul

Second Wind Transport independent owner-operator Greg Trott was offered a load recently he would have paid out of pocket to haul -- had he made the wrong decision and taken it.

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Reader: FMCSA attacks safety ‘from the wrong end of the beast’

"If rates were up where they should be, drivers wouldn’t have to complain about receiving and loading fees one bit."

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Modest proposal: $65/hour, fair detention rate to protect small biz

A reader sees a need for mandatory detention pay to protect the small business trucking life from the continuing encroachment of big-business competition and government regulation in the form of tightening hours and EOBRs.

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Pay trends, part 1: Near-term forecast mixed

While industry analysts say rising owner-operator compensation for both leased drivers and independents is on a slow rise, anecdotal reports and some polls suggest otherwise.

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Challenge No. 1: Adapting to change

Among the many challenges owner-operators face, perhaps the biggest is choosing exactly how to adapt to industry change to remain competitive and profitabile.

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Join radio discussion of top trucking challenges

On the Truth About Trucking Live radio show Aug. 16, 7 p.m. EDT, join Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills for a talk with hosts Allen and Donna Smith about Dills’ "Owner-operators' top challenges" feature in Overdrive.

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