independents

Is going independent a fading dream?

| May 20, 2014

An Overdrive poll in late 2013 showed half of our readers believe industry changes have made it more difficult to get your operating authority and be profitable.

ELD mandate: Independents’ final straw?

| April 17, 2014

An Overdrive survey shows between 50 and 70 percent of respondents threatening to exit the industry over the electronic-log mandate -- the highest percentages are among independents/small fleets.

MATS New Entrant listening session yields new ideas

| March 28, 2014

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 ...

Poll: Chief attraction of maintaining your own operating authority?

| November 13, 2013

Is it that control over all aspects of the business yields greater cost-saving opportunities, better income (particularly with direct customers), or something else? Tell us what you think here.

Hot Button: What would be the No. 1 effect of a wide owner-operator shutdown?

| September 27, 2013

Opinion on the potential effects resulting from a wide shutdown has varied widely among Overdrive readers -- from a solid negative for truckers' public image to political leverage on regs.

LETTER: Go niche to avoid being the last independent standing

| May 22, 2013

Recently retired owner-operator Mike McRae responds to Overdrive's May issue with further evidence of where the profits are for independent single-truck businesses.

Inconsistent enforcement: CSA vs. the independent

| March 14, 2013

In the two years since CSA's advent, the smallest carriers have had a much greater chance of getting inspected and put out of service than drivers and trucks of the largest carriers.

Manage MCS-150 data for CSA scoring

| January 03, 2013

It's important for those with carrier authority to keep tabs on their annual self-reported vehicle-miles-traveled and power-unit information for CSA scoring purposes.

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