Jeff Clark

O/O challenges: More solutions to high fuel

Outtakes from interviews conducted as part of research into Todd Dills' "Owner-operators' top challenges" feature in the August 2012 edition of Overdrive magazine.

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Should HHG miles-based pay be illegal?

Owner-operator Jeff Clark, in the conference the Trucking Solutions Group organized Wed., June 20, with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro (Clark is a TSG member owner-operator), presented Ferro with the discrepancy between household-goods miles and actual door-to-door miles. "The household goods miles system that we’re paid on is often fewer miles than we could legally make a run in," Clark noted, then adding this: "Paying a driver for fewer miles than they did the run on isn’t just ...

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Open call with Anne Ferro

The folks at the Trucking Solutions Group -- including members we've written about on the blog, from owner-operators Rick Ash and Bob and Linda Caffee to Henry Albert -- are hosting an open conference call with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro today at 3 p.m. EDT today. Call-in details you can find here, and I'll include them in this post as well below. If you have questions for the administrator, please email them ASAP to Ash at ...

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What does your fuel surcharge look like?

A poll that asks for owner-operators' thoughts on the use of fuel surcharges as a cushioning agent against spikes in fuel prices sparked some discussion on Facebook last week. Owner-operators Linda Caffee, Jeff Clark and others were involved, Clark taking the point of view that fuel surcharges were merely a utility for negotiating long-term rates in contracts with shippers. The fuel surcharge "is a convenience, especially for longer-term contracts with regular customers," Clark wrote. "Otherwise every load ...

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Channel 19’s Friday trucking news quiz

A brief quiz on the week's news -- play yourself! Post answers in the comments here then go back through the past week's blog entries to check your results. Get all five without cheating? You might be my best reader. 4: A Channel 19 regular, no doubt. 3: Thanks for reading! 2: Where have you been? 1: You know, you really could look into feeding the blog into your mobile RSS reader. 0: Um, mind ...

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Amid big fleet investments, operators stare down high truck prices

Something is going right for the Jacobson Companies 3PL -- Mack Trucks announced yesterday that they took delivery of an order of 259 built-in-the-U.S. Mack Pinnacles, 139 daycabs and 120 sleeper trucks, and they're hiring dedicated company drivers for runs based out of their Des Moines, Iowa, headquarters. Any owner-operators out their run freight for them on occasion or regularly? The new tractors (some of which are pictured), Mack says, were delivered to Jacobson locations throughout ...

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Two calls this week highlight driver advocacy efforts in D.C.

Scott Grenerth with Trucking Solutions Group today Those of you who've read this blog with any regularity are probably well familiar with Fikes-leased owner-operator Scott Grenerth (pictured with a new custom-designed bike at the Great American Trucking Show this past August -- Grenerth is also coproprietor of the rideandroll.me site cataloging biking trails in proximity to truck parking). I first met Grenerth when I ran with Jazzy Jordan last year and, since, have had the ...

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New health blog from the folks at Con-way Truckload

Attendant to news that Con-way TL-leased owner-operators will be able to access relatively low-cost health/dental and other insurance offerings via the carrier's new TrueChoices benefits program, the company also is highlighting drivers' and owner-operators' health needs via a new blog. Steering Your Health today features a great recipe for Mexican Crock Pot chicken, cooked in-cab, in addition to a welcome message from company president Herb Schmidt, in which he invites all drivers, Con-way TL operators ...

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Aug. 26: Truckers to race at Dallas show

5K run shines spotlight on truckers’ health and demonstrates how even small changes to diet and exercise can result in big payoffs.

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Insurance that Fits

After a truck payment, insurance is often the biggest fixed cost for owner-operators, particularly those running under their own authority.

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