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‘Trucking boom’ in driver pay, says the WSJ

Driver pay on the rise, according to a new Wall Street Journal story. What's been your experience for income this year compared to last?

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Owner-operators’ decade of ‘working less and making more’

What’s changed about trucking since 2003? All manner of things, from the emissions systems put on engines to all manner of regulatory overload. There’s also been no shortage of change in the balance of miles and money that drives owner-operator businesses. Because of its role as a financial services provider for thousands of owner-operators, ATBS has lots of interesting data to precisely document that evolution. In this video excerpt from his presentation at the Partners in Business ...

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Detention détente: Cadle Trucking

"When capacity gets even tighter – when electronic logs become a mandate ... it will be a good opportunity for us to recover costs that we’ll have to pass along to drivers to pay them to sit.” --9-truck fleet owner-operator Ben Cadle

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POLL: Best way to tackle detention?

Should government mandate, as the Obama administration's DOT has attempted, that carriers pay detention to drivers, or is continued industry standardization of detention pay the best tack? Something else?

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Hourly driver pay, insurance increase part of Senator’s truck safety bill

A bill introduced last week in the U.S. Senate would if passed require employers to pay truck operators for all hours worked, rather than solely per-mile pay, and double the minimum amount of liability insurance required to be held by motor carriers.

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POLL: Best day of the week to negotiate for and book a load?

Independents, in your experience, what day of the week yields the best rates during broker negotiations? Tell us in this poll -- further thoughts on the reasons why/anecdotes, sound off in the comments.

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POLL: What is your detention time worth?

How much is your time spent waiting at docks worth per hour? This poll looks at the range of what owner-operators and drivers expect from detention rates, such as they may be.

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Jeff Clark for FMCSA Administrator? And: Lookback Tony Justice podcast

Operator Jeff Clark fires up the campaign machine, and a lookback podcast performance from Tony Justice -- Dave Dudley's "Six Days on the Road" and Justice's own "Who Needs Heaven."

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How much is your time worth?

"I can't rightfully condone Burger King bag enemas, but I can tell you to ask for detention pay.... Your time is valuable, too."

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Strike! For .. lower freight rates?

Errant headline from a Colombian driver strike. Also: More on fuel surcharges: 3 in 4 readers collecting/charging fuel surcharges per mile report a base mpg between 5 and 7.

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