Owner-Operators

TCA announces contest winners

Boyd Bros. Transportation and Dart Transit won top awards the best fleets for company drivers and owner-operators, respectively, to work for in the Truckload Carriers Association Best Fleets to Drive For contest.

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Todd Easterling of Caldwell, Texas, hauls steel coils and lumber from the East Coast to the Midwest for WTI Transport in this 2002 International 9900I. The truck, named Big Bertha, is powered by a 475-hp Caterpillar and a 10-speed Eaton Fuller.

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Obama budget eyes employee-contractor issue

Governmental bodies often eye the construction industry for misclassification, but the trucking business also draws examination.

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The costs of waiting out the storm

Beth Brelje, writing in the Pocono Record of Pennsylvania, visited with several truckers waiting out a snowstorm in a Wal-Mart parking lot off I-84. Such waits have been legion for the nation's haulers this season, with record amounts of snowfall hitting places where a snow deluge is not such a common thing. It may be common enough in the northern state of Pennsylvania, of course, but not such that authorities didn't move to ban truck ...

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Wake up call

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is expected soon to raise the bar on screening and treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

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PIB TIP: PROFIT AND LOSS STATEMENT. Your settlement statements and receipts should be sorted into like categories to add up for a total at month’s end. Then your operating information should be incorporated into a consistent format called a profit and loss statement, which should include how many miles you drove, your revenue, your costs and how much money you made during the month. The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the ...

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Truck Gallery, Feb. 25, 2010

Owner-operator Reed Thompson’s 2007 Western Star 4900 extended hood is powered by a 515-hp Detroit Diesel and pulls dry van freight in 48 states and Canada in a 2010 Cornhusker trailer. Thompson is leased to Skyview Farms of Gothenburg, Neb.

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California, Mo.-based owner-operator Paul Rissler says he got a bargain when he bought this 1996 Peterbilt 379, equipped with a 525-hp Caterpillar.

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Decker Truck Line, Inc., increases mileage pay rates

Decker Truck Line, Inc., started a new pay plan Feb. 15 for reefer and van company drivers.

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Owner-operator’s record hits Roots Music charts

I'll bet Overdrive October 2009 Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon, an independent you may likewise remember from a couple posts (here and here) late last year about his part in the Convoy for a Cure festivities in Texas, is having a good old time watching news of all the snow folks all over the country are suffering through. He is, after all, out in Hawaii with his wife where he lives before coming back to the continental U.S. to ...

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