Is the owner-operator a dying breed? Voices responding to the question posed on the Overdrive Extra blog suggest a shift in profitability toward short-haul niches.
The end of winter brought with it a much needed end to another cold spell: Per mile spot market rates for van, reefer and flatbed loads.
Spot market rates in February continued a now three-month-long downward slide in February, save for a one-penny increase in flatbed rates.
For the second straight month, spot market rates dipped somewhat significantly in all three segments, according to the January report from load board Internet Truckstop.
Coming on the heels of a big November — more than likely driven by holiday retail shopping – rates for all three segments dropped in December.
Two operators share views on methods toward boosting rates to profitable levels -- one offering a perspective in favor of price re-regulation.
Second Wind Transport independent owner-operator Greg Trott was offered a load recently he would have paid out of pocket to haul -- had he made the wrong decision and taken it.
"If rates were up where they should be, drivers wouldn’t have to complain about receiving and loading fees one bit."
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