retirement

ELDs’ capacity squeeze assumption no. 2: Flight from the industry

Will owner-operators and other drivers leave the industry in large enough numbers to produce a significant capacity shortage in the spot market, driving up rates? Some believe so -- long as stated intentions become reality -- while skepticism is prominent as well.

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POLL update: What’s your most likely response to the ELD mandate?

With the principle legal challenge (OOIDA's court battle) to the ELD mandate at an end, assuming the end-of-year enforcement deadline remains, what's your current plan for dealing with the mandate? Weigh in in this poll.

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Tuesday round-up: Miracle on the road, and ‘retirements’ accelerate at Wes Memphis’ fleet in wake of e-log transition

A truck rolls safely with "no ELD, no ABS, no ERG, no SCR no DEF?" What gives? one reader cracks wise. And Wes Memphis returns to the blog with a suggestion that, should biz consultant Jeffrey Hayzlett's rule of thirds apply to post-ELD mandate trucking, there will be "no lack of trucking jobs"...

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Will ELDs or autonomous trucks make the bigger splash in the driver pool?

Progress from Google, Tesla and others with self-driving cars, including the occasional mention of Class 8 trucks, fuels speculation that driverless big rigs are about to rule the highway.

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‘My toy’: Retired owner-op Roger Hilbrenner’s 1991 Peterbilt 379

Though retired, Roger Hilbrenner's still shows the truck annually.

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Should I stay or should I go?

Are you contemplating hanging up your trucking hat? "If you want to grow cucumbers, you don't plant chicken turds. You don't heap piles of poo on top and expect a bumper crop of cucumbers, it just doesn't work that way." ...

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Retirement rewards: Tobby Donalson’s 1959 Peterbilt 351

Two years after saying goodbye to the highway, independent owner-operator Tobby Donalson finished a rig he waited nearly 30 years for the time to rebuild just right

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POLL: What will be your response to mandated ELDs?

7 in 10 readers noted they’d consider either early retirement or another line of work before they’d run with an electronic log in March 2014, when the recently released rule was proposed. What's your outlook today?

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Pay by performance, rate trends

Was 2013 the year that changed driver pay forever? Gordon Klemp seems to think so. Catch a vid with him here from the TCA meeting in Nashville and find out why. Some potentially good news in it for independents.

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Safety is all in the perception

I can't help but be a little fixated on the government shutdown. Our parents are all paid by the government right now, either in the form of retirement or a paycheck. If their money is suddenly gone, we're probably going to have to do something stupendous to save the family, like go to Taiwan and sell our kidneys. Not all of our kidneys, of course, just the ones we can do without. “We should probably have ...

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