Owner-Operators

Leland Martin to sing at 16th annual Truckers Jamboree

Country music singer Leland Martin will perform at a 7 p.m. concert May 18 as part of the 16th Annual Joplin Truckers Jamboree, said event coordinator Joel Hamilton. To be at the Joplin 44 Petro, off Interstate 44 near exit 4, the May 18-19 festival will also feature an antique truck and car display, exhibits, other live entertainment, carnival rides, fireworks and a cookout. Martin’s signature track “Stone Cold Fingers” from his album Simply Traditional is one ...

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These truckers were paid tourists today

It took some doing, but we figured out how to park the truck in Sacramento where we could enjoy a day of tourist fun.

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Red alert: Get your uniform or else!

Now that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has begun to reach its long regulatory arm into your daily dress, drivers are sounding off in record numbers. “This is just taking it too far,” said owner-operator Bob Mandible of Blue Gill, Ohio, of the new red shirt requirement, joining the fast-growing chorus. “The agency has produced no evidence proving I will be less safe if I just wear my standard brown Dickies work shirt rather than ...

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Four-wheeler: ‘I am so sick of 18-wheelers!’

Over the transom today in Overdrive's Nashville bureau here, as my office is often known among the editors in Alabama, came this letter. So much for sharing the road! Dear editor,I am so sick of 18-wheelers. They are always in the way. Who needs them? I sure don’t. They never seem to do the speed limit. They cause far too many problems. They go through town in the right lane we need to use to get ...

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Fikes increases contractor pay

FLEET INSIDER/BRIEFS/The Fikes Family of Companies announced an increase in compensation to owner-operators who bring their own trucks, trailers and tags to a contract

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Extend Oil Life

With smart operation, you can save money by providing a greater cushion against lube deterioration and engine wear.

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Feedback/Letters to the editor

LETTER/ Readers weigh in commanding respect, taking responsibility, hours of service and how CARB goes overboard.

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Speakout

Truckes weigh in on safety and scheduling plus the biggest problems facing owner-operators.

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Feds close Utah carrier

Federal officials have shut down a small Utah carrier after declaring the company and its principal an imminent public safety hazard.

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Looking good, Michelin man

We didn't realize the Michelin mascot was such an avid consumer of owner-operator news and views before this photo was sent in. In any case, kudos for reading, MM. But too bad he didn't get to pick up the latest, April edition, just out and available in a digital edition via http://dmtmag.com/current/overdrive. There's a great feature there by James Jaillet -- the skinny on engine reprogramming tools and their ability to optimize engine dynamics for power ...

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