Linda Caffee

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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The haps at MATS: Rounding up driver-led efforts

I'll make an attempt, at least. So much is going on at next week's trucking show in Louisville it will be next to impossible to catch it all in this space today, but here are a few of the highlights folks have reached out to me about these last few months: Health walk-and-talk, blood driveAs at the last two year's events, the owner-operators behind the Trucking Solutions Group have organized the third annual MATS Health Awareness Walk, ...

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Let the (fuel-mileage) games begin!

When owner-operator Henry Albert proposed that he test speed's effect on fuel mileage on his blog Feb. 22 by dropping his top speed from 65 to 60, he sparked a wellspring of commentary from his readers. At first, he marveled at all the reaction. In the end, however, it's easily explained: simple, quantifiable results are what any business owner wants and needs to help ensure the success of any change or investment. It's no less understandable ...

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Rest in Pieces

The new hours of service rule further complicates off-duty requirements in ways that could hurt productivity, though some flexibility is added.

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Intent v. interpretation: Questions raised by new hours rule

  The intent is not living up to the interpretation of language in the hours of service final rule, Rich Wilson of Trans Products / Trans Services told me this morning. Just one example of the disconnect (notwithstanding the one I wrote about last week) was noted by owner-operators Linda Caffee and Henry Albert of the Trucking Solutions Group after reading an explanation of the occasional inability to enforce the limitation of one restart every 168 hours, ...

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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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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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Ferro on detention: ‘Shippers should be held accountable.’

If you missed the open call the Trucking Solutions Group's member owner-operators held with FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro last week, you missed a lot. The wide-ranging conversation ran the gamut of topics from cross-border trucking to hours and detention concerns. About the last of which, it was heartening to hear, Ferro noted that she in essence agreed with the concerns of the TSG -- and so many drivers around the nation. “I agree with you that ...

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Open call Wed. with Anne Ferro hosted by Trucking Solutions Group

Rick Ash, chairman of the driver/owner-operator-led Trucking Solutions Group -- with members ranging from such Channel 19 familiar faces Jeff Clark (Truckers News Marathon Trucker columnist), Henry Albert (Overdrive's 2007 Trucker of the Year) and Linda Caffee (team expedited hauler with her husband, Bob) -- reports the TSG will host a call tomorrow, Wed., May 4, at 3 p.m. Eastern with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. TSG has been meeting via conference call to discuss various trucking ...

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Blood drive joins health walk among driver-led initiatives at MATS

"Give so that others may live" runs the tagline for the Friday blood drive (11 a.m. to 4 p.m., booth #91470 outdoors) to be held at the Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville this week. It's an initiative led by the Driver Health Council of the Trucking Solutions Group, a crew of owner-operators initiating dialogue about all manner of trucking topics. The health council is designed to help trucking professionals lead a healthier lifestyle out on ...

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