small fleets

ELDs: Owner-operators have some decisions to make

Considerations in just when and how to move to ELDs were in the foreground Thursday at GATS. More may find themselves obligated to make a change, even if OOIDA's ELD lawsuit is successful, in the end, as more shippers/brokers require ELD use.

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POLL: Small fleet owners, where do you most-often find your driver candidates?

If you've been in the position of hiring a driver, what most commonly generates the successful job candidate -- direct referrals of various natures, ads in local or far-flung places or something else entirely? Weigh in here.

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Stoking the log fires, redux: Crash incidence, hours violations and fleet size

Is the owner-operator/small fleet being "nitpicked" or "nickel-and-dimed" into oblivion? Crash data and inspection and hours violation rates, analyzed by fleet size, fuel further discussion following this month's "Stoking the log fires" feature.

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Podcast: Most Beautiful champ Brita Nowak on independent business, expansion limits, and more

Eric Harley of Red Eye Radio talks through Most Beautiful winner and one-truck independent owner-operator Brita Nowak about, among other things, her run from one to five trucks -- and back.

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‘Here to stay’: Turner Transport’s 2015 Pete 389

A video run through owner-operator Eric Turner's Turner Transport seven-truck fleet and its new flagship, the Best of Show (Working Combo)-winning 2015 Peterbilt 389 glider and 2016 Wally Mo car hauler.

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Owner of classic W9 specializes in survival: ‘I refuse to lose’

John Jaikes is clearly a hard-working independent and a proud show truck exhibitor. What's not so obvious is that he's a survivor -- of repeat bouts with cancer and a wreck with a possibly suicidal four-wheeler.

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‘A broken system’: Small fleet owner on CSA, SFD reliance on roadside inspections, violations

Hazmat, securement violations for a two-gallon tote holding spare oil? Check. Bob Delullo's thoughts on CSA and the proposed SFD rule are a variation on the "garbage in, garbage out" phrase to describe systems doomed by the component parts on which they are based.

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Driver before the truck in small fleet expansion

If the truck procurement/driver employment situation in small fleet expansion presents a chicken-egg type conundrum, operators would do well to focus on the driver first.

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One independent’s comeback from the brink: A run with Ted Bowers

A rare opportunity to make part of a run with Kingston, Tenn.-based Ted Bowers, owner of the small trucking company that bears his name, yields a story of adversity overcome that holds lessons in the importance of close freight, accounting, driver and other partnerships.

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POLL: Small fleets, which comes first — the driver or the truck?

For those among readers who've owned more than one truck, this poll asks a question relative to views on expansion strategy: Best to buy a truck to fit a dependable driver or the converse, focus on hiring only as needed to utilize equipment?

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