Owner-Operators

Angry about trucking? Occupy your business

You might have noticed the powers that be are not striving to make your work environment more trouble-free next year. A new, and likely more restrictive, hours of service rule is expected. Carriers are steadily adopting electronic onboard recorders. More emissions-related regulations start in California during 2012, and medical certification will be more closely tied to the CDL. Then there’s the economy, favorable to trucking lately but still showing signs of serious weakness. What’s an owner-operator to ...

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Michigan excavators use doubles rig to fight MS

For almost half a decade, the Champagne & Marx Excavating excavating company, of Saginaw, Mich., has been hauling Michigan Specials -- double-dump trailers capable of transporting 50 tons of payload -- with a fleet of Kenworth T800s for road prep, foundation digging and other commercial and industrial projects. But, the company has also long been a big contributor to the fight to combat Multiple Sclerosis, in 2011 raising enough money for it to rank fourth in ...

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Cumberland Collective: Road music to keep an ear out for

I had the rare opportunity to pay witness to a recording session Wednesday night in Nashville at Blackbird Studios -- a group called the Cumberland Collective (a couple of members of which I'm familiar with via the folks-in-their-30s-with-kids-needing-an-occasional-babysitter circuit) had opened up the doors on the 45-track studio to turn the 10-hour session into something of a drop-in-and-hangout affair, inviting family, friends and others. With several songwriters of widely varying styles among them -- principally Mike ...

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Ruling bans handheld phones for truckers Jan. 3

A ruling was issued Wednesday banning commercial truckers from using handheld phones while driving.

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Pilot Flying J stop set for Dec. 5 opening in Gilman, Ill.

A travel plaza will open Monday, Dec. 5, on Interstate 57, exit 283, in Gilman, Ill., Pilot Flying J announced. The stop features six fuel islands, eight diesel islands, a Denny's restaurant, an ATM, Western Union service and other amenities. Drivers will have access to diesel exhaust fluid and biodiesel at the pump, a CAT scale, laundry services, seven showers and 74 truck parking spaces.The Gilman stop also features Transflo, DAT Load Board and Trip Pak services.

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18 wheels, 12 months, 1 cool calendar

Don't bother with fighting the crowds at shopping malls for ordinary consumer merchandise when you can find trucking-related gifts at the OverdriveOnline store.

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Factory freight finishing strong

Owner-operators with hauls tied closely to factory output should see good demand through year-end, based on today’s report from the Institute for Supply Management.

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Second Love’s stop opens in Indiana

A new travel stop is now open in Whitestown, Ind., at Interstate 65, exit 133, Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores announced of its second travel plaza in the state. Truckers who shop at the travel center through Jan. 1 are eligible for double points on store loyalty cards. At the stop are Subway and McDonald’s restaurants, 90 truck parking space, diesel exhaust fluid dispensers on the diesel island, CAT sales, five showers and a game ...

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Maine carrier to close long haul, can’t find operators

Bisson Transportation couldn't recruit enough owner-operators for profitable New England hauling.

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Air Force drivers haul the Iraq withdrawal

They're "working overtime now with the 31 December deadline," says Melissa Milner with U.S. Air Forces Central. Last week, she notified me of a special feature on their website detailing the hauling efforts of the Air Force's 70th Medium Truck Detachment, charged with moving massive amounts of materiel out of Iraq before the end of the year. They've stepped up missions nearly threefold in the last few months, from about 11 a month in January ...

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