Owner-operators’ Top Challenges

Be heard: Engage your representatives directly

Mike McRae | October 08, 2014

"If you don’t get involved, then as my dad and grampa would tell me, you don’t have any reason to complain when things are not going the way you think they should." --Owner-operator (retired) Mike ...

Hours of service remains top concern in carrier survey

| October 06, 2014

Fleet difficulty finding drivers rose to No. 2, followed by CSA, driver retention, the ELD mandate and truck parking. Weight in yourself via this post's related poll and in the comments.

5 more things members of the general public don’t know about truckers

| October 29, 2013

Costs of operation eat up a majority of an owner-operator business's revenue -- more on fuel, maintenance, tires, oil and food in this occasional series.

Attention to detention: Solutions to the problem of uncompensated time, part 2

| October 28, 2013

Many carriers have moved in in the direction of time-based pay systems with hourly detention-pay plans, including small fleets; some strategies for detention-rate negotiations take shape.

Looking for fleet/owner-operator common ground

| October 26, 2013

If drivers and fleet folks truly presented a united front on hours to Congress and regulators, would anything change for the better in terms of flexibility?

Attention to detention: Solutions to the problem of uncompensated time, part 1

| October 24, 2013

Everyone in the supply chain benefits from uncompensated detention time – except the driver. Some see a shift toward hourly pay as a solution; other solutions are explored in this part 1 of a two-part ...

Readers split on government, industry solutions to detention

| September 06, 2013

Though all recognize the problem, grown ever more onerous with further restrictions on drivers' hours with the new rules. Here, find a round-up of views and some examples of detention success.

Roundup: Return fire in owner-operator war, driverless trucks, truck-stop cuisine…

| August 15, 2013

Independent rebuttal to prognosticators of insurmountable challenges of the owner-operator model; Driverless trucks: income opportunity?; Insurance: "we've got to stop this bill dead."

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