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Heads-up on new partnership that could change the leasing game

This month in Overdrive, I examined a couple different alternatives to traditional leasing models carriers and their advisers are exploring for ways to avoid what some see as long-term growing challenges to the independent contractor business model. Two models in particular stand a chance to take hold in the future, one being the conversion of a fleet of leased owner-operators to a contract fleet of true independents, running under their own respective authorities. In this model, ...

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Cabover extra in ‘Real Steel’ film to be auctioned Dec. 8

Joyce Smith, co-owner of Ron Smith Trucking of Breckenridge, Mich., shuttered the company about a year ago, a month after her husband passed away. The small fleet's equipment will be auctioned off on Dec. 8 at their place in nearby Wheeler. Among the 17 tractors on offer (among livestock, flatbed and other trailers as well as other equipment) is the pictured 1994 Freightliner cabover, which holds the distinction of not only being a fine-looking, long-running piece ...

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Stowaway diary: Keep an eye on your roof fairing in Laredo

What's wrong with this picture? Taken by owner-operator Henry Albert, with whom we just checked in last week, it shows a desperate attempt by a couple to stow away on a rig on its way from the border zone into the U.S. interior. A testament to the value of drivers looking out for each other, Albert posted it to his blog late last week, after one of his regular runs from the Charlotte, N.C., area, where he ...

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Mack Trucks on ‘Made in America’ TV Tues., Nov. 15

The Made in America series will feature Mack Trucks in an episode Tuesday, Nov. 15, at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific. Mack continues to build every truck it sells in North America -- and every truck it exports -- in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania. Made in America host George Motz (pictured with a Mack Pinnacle tractor) and a Travel Channel video crew made their way to Bulldog country and, in the episode, will get up close and ...

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‘Talented truckers’ TV show looking for … talented truckers

A television production company has a rather off-the-wall idea it's helping one of the major cable channels develop -- it wants to create a talent-competition-type series (a la American Idol, Dancing With the Stars, et al) that plays out on location at, well, a truck stop. And in the spirit of radio truck driver talent hours and other such showcases, they want  the crooners, musicians, comedians, dancers, jugglers, you name it, among the nation's long- ...

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New vid for ‘I am the flag,’ by Ron Terry

On this Veteran's Day, a new video care of owner-operator Howard Salmon -- the tune, "I am the flag," appears on his and Ron Terry's "These Trucks Are Made of Gold" record and consists of a somber reading of the Terry poem by the poet himself. As its title suggests, it's a poetic narrative of the American flag's journey through history on various battlefields with the men and women who serve in the armed forces. Enjoy ...

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Jason’s Law: Time for action is now

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works unanimously approved a two-year transportation authorization bill (S. 1813, or MAP-21) extending current funding levels and making other enhancements that could lead, said Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer, to new jobs. Of chief interest for trucking advocates is the inclusion in this bill of Jason's Law, intended to fund various initiatives to expand and ensure the safety of truck parking on the National Highway System. In a hearing ...

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Want a first look at TruckersEdge’s new mobile site?

All owner-operator subscribers to the TruckersEdge.net load-board service from TransCore can look forward to a new smartphone-optimized mobile site to launch officially late this year or early next, says Transcore product manager Scott McCollister. The screenshots here from the html5 app that enables the enhanced look and feel of the board on all major smartphone platforms will give you an idea of the added ease with which you'll be able to navigate the TruckersEdge tools -- ...

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Setting the pace with owner-operator Henry Albert

Sunday's post on Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year Henry Albert's blog caught my eye with what it says about thinking outside the box to ensure success in running an independent business. In the post, Albert visits an old haunt of his, Charlotte's Metrolina speedway (the old grandstands here pictured by Albert), shuttered long since the days he wheeled a stock car around its oval. "I learned so much from those race days," he wrote ...

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FCC continues hold on ‘Trucker TV’ exemption

Since 2004, missing persons advocate Marc Klaas of the Klaas Kids Foundation has been part of an effort by a company associated with Flying J travel plazas to get an FCC exemption to establish a low-power broadcasting operation at truck stops. The emphasis of the operation would be not only on entertainment but, most importantly for Klaas, information about missing persons and others likely to be spotted on the nation's highways. Klass' blog for the ...

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