insurance

Hourly driver pay, insurance increase part of Senator’s truck safety bill

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would if passed require employers to pay truck operators for all hours worked, rather than solely per-mile pay, and double the minimum amount of liability insurance required to be held by motor carriers.

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Big data changing the owner-operator insurance game, Progressive says

Simple formulas used in owner-operator insurance acquisition, such as driver health and age and number of out-of-service violations, soon could take a back seat to big data and more sophisticated algorithm-driven coverage and rates.

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Mailbag: ‘Don’t help the lawyers. Help us.’ –Readers on insurance

In this podcast, readers weigh in on rising insurance costs, urging regulators and congress not to hike minimums, which might well serve only to line the pockets of attorneys and deleteriously affect the trucking business.

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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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‘Help us stay in business’: Owner-ops tell FMCSA insurance increase would shut them down

Owner-operators say they fail to see the need for an increase to the minimum amount of liability insurance required of carriers, and they’re afraid an increase would drive premium costs to a point that would force them to close shop.

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Comment period closes tonight for FMCSA’s work to increase carrier insurance minimums

The public comment deadline on a rule that could increase the amount of liability insurance required to be held by carriers ends Feb. 26, and carriers and other industry stakeholders have until midnight 11:59 p.m. Thursday to submit their input.

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Hotshot trucking: How to start

Going into hotshot as an owner-operator is in a lot of respects no different from moving into business with a Class 8. The biggest differences lie in equipment choices and, for a leased owner-operator, getting used to operating under your own authority.

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Pay the drivers, already: Voices on the future of the industry

A letter from Robert W. Walker Jr. of Ohio, commentary from owner-operator Tilden Curl. Curl believes removal of the self-insurance option for motor carriers is key to driver value and long-term health of the industry.

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Liability insurance increase for carriers could see delay, may never come, ATA says

Owner-operator concerns over regulators’ seemingly quick work to produce a rule to raise the minimum amount of liability insurance trucking companies must have could be much ado about nothing, says ATA's chief of advocacy.

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Audio mailbag: Liability insurance, sleeper berth flexibility

The first in a series of Voices podcasts airing editorial comment on a variety of issues, here stemming from discussion of both sleeper berth period flexibility and FMCSA's planned liability insurance hike in D.C. Call 530-208-6423 at any time to record a message.

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