Owner-Operators

World’s Toughest Trucker — premiering on Discovery Monday

Since I wrote briefly last Friday about this TV show, one in a long line of trucking shows to have debuted over the last year, I've garnered a little more info. Not least among it is the fact that Overdrive's own new blogging owner-operator, Landstar expediter Phil Madsen, was himself approached last year by the show's producers to compete. His reponse? If you missed his "The world's toughest trucker I am not" post, check it ...

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New iPhone app from Load Delivered Logistics 3PL

Carriers utilizing the Load Delivered Logistics provider for loads now have access to the company's freight pool via an iPhone and iPad app that the company says provides not only the ability to view and bid on available freight but includes robust filtering tools. Carriers can search for shipments by using a variety of criteria, including current location, desired location, radius, date and equipment type. Additionally, Load Finder users can create a favorite list to ...

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Baylor Trucking raises driver pay

Company drivers can make up to 44 cents per mile in a fleet-wide pay increase, Milan, Ind.-based Baylor Trucking Inc. announced. The carrier also started a minimum of $1,000 weekly on Feb. 1. In business for 67 years, the carrier has terminals in Indiana and Tennessee and serves areas east of the Mississippi River. The fleet's headquarters in Milan is part of the small town's storied history depicted in the classic film, "Hoosiers," starring Gene Hackman, about ...

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Con-way offers incentive plans

A new lease-purchase plan and a guaranteed team driver pay plan are being launched, Joplin, Mo.-based Con-way Truckload announced. The so-called Destination Ownership program allows drivers who are in good standing and have one year’s service with the carrier to buy a fleet trade truck at low cost or through an affordable leasing program. The Guaranteed Team Pay ensures that team drivers will be paid for a minimum of 5,000 miles per week, even if their miles ...

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Alliance starts fantasy race league

Truckers can enter weekly challenges to predict top 10 finishers in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series with a possibility of wining $100,000 for perfect predictions, Alliance Truck Parts announced. The fantasy racing league contest is one of several promotions the Daimler Trucks North America parts franchise is offering in its sponsorship of the No. 12 Dodge Challenger that Sam Hornish Jr. is driving. Dealerships, truck service locations, online sites and stop of the Alliance Truck Parts Pit Stop ...

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Trucker wins Lucas motorcycle

Enright Ranch & Supply driver Randy Brundige, of Irwin, Mo., won a Lucas RSD 250 Pro-Street motorcycle, America’s Best Truck Stops said of the grand prize in the 2011 AMBUCK$ contest. Brundige’s winning transaction with the truck stop’s loyalty card on July 24 at Huck’s Travel Center in Kuttawa, Ken., was one of nearly two million qualifying entries made. In addition to the grand prize, other prizes are awarded throughout the year for registered card users. Lucas ...

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IdleAir opens Minnesota service

Service has started at the Travel Centers of America stop off Interstate 35 at exit 11 in Albert Lea, Minn., electrification provider IdleAir announced. As part of its grand opening, the station will offer free, limited service through Feb. 15 and full premium service for $1.25, plus tax, through Feb. 29. The shore service provider is operating 25 sites in Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, Tennessee, Texas and Utah, including the Albert Lea service. ...

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Elephants in the room: MCSAC snapshot

There were two of them in the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting room at the Hilton Old Town in Alexandria, Va., yesterday. At a certain point in the committee's discussion yesterday, Feb. 7, about the issue of electronic logs and harassment, as the discussion ranged seemingly away from the task at hand -- discussion to provide a report to FMCSA on how electronic log device standards might be written into future regulations to help ensure ...

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Pilot to remodel Minnesota stop

An Inver Grove Heights, Minn.-based truck stop will soon be remodeled, Pilot Flying J said of its recent truck stop purchase. Located at 11650 Courthouse Blvd., the travel center will remain open during the remodeling, which is expected to be finished in May. The 7,500-square-foot stop will feature four fuel islands and five diesel islands along with diesel exhaust fluid at the pump. A CAT scale, 43 parking spaces for truckers and five showers will be ...

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Maverick raises driver pay

Drivers’ tarp pay has been increased to $25, which is double the previous amount, Maverick Transportation announced. Starting pay for flatbed drivers was also raised to a range of 42 cents to 43 cents per mile. A longevity incentive each year for up to five years is effective for all drivers, and student and driver instructors will receive increases in training pay and mileage incentives, the Little Rock, Ark.-based carrier said. For details, visit Maverick Transportation.      

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