short haul

When a straight 14 might not be the ideal, or safest, option: Four loads over two days in Ohio with Scott Reed

Hear part of Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills' many conversations with Buckland, Ohio-based owner-operator Scott Reed over two days on the road in mid-April 2017. It tells the story of what Reed sees as a certainly less-than-ideal hours rule when it comes to his shorter-haul van operation.

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Reader: ELDs set to exacerbate existing parking, detention issues

"I don't think anyone has really considered what making all trucks go ELD will do and all the problems it will cause. There isn't enough parking now." --reader Josiah Gonzalez, via email. And: A little personal conveyance wiggle room.

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Going where others won’t: Owner-operator Jimmy Nevarez

Nevarez has made a career specialty out of short-haul in Los Angeles, Calif., as an owner-operator in spite of the many naysayers who told him it couldn't be done.

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FMCSA officially amends hours rule to remove break requirement for short haulers

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration issued a final rule this week that officially provides an exemption of the 30-minute break requirement of the current hours of service rule to short haulers.

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Hope for the next generation

Connecticut-based owner-operator Joe Bielucki's story of taking his niece out on a run with him gives him hope for the future.

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Hours changes premium: $300 down, more to come…

Wendy details losses incurred directly as a result of the new hours of service changes: "As of the 10th, we've lost approximately $300 due directly to the new laws."

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Short and sweet: Length-of-haul strategies at work

Operators and carriers discuss strategies toward adequate rates and compensation given declining length-of-haul in reefer and dry van segments, and how flatbed differs.

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Short and sweet: Pros, cons of length-of-haul trends

Part 1 in a two-part length-of-haul analysis presents owner-operator advantages/disadvantages of the trucking trend to shorter haul length in reefer and dry van segment.

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Poll: How long is your average haul?

Do you run short or run long? What are the advantages of one over the other, or vice versa? Tell us in the comments under this poll probing owner-operators' operational differences.

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LETTER: Go niche to avoid being the last independent standing

Recently retired owner-operator Mike McRae responds to Overdrive's May issue with further evidence of where the profits are for independent single-truck businesses.

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