small fleets

FMCSA hits back on CSA effectiveness, defends accuracy of carrier rankings system

Amid increasing calls for the FMCSA to remove CSA rankings/scores from public view, a new analysis from FMCSA reiterates what the agency has said all along about the CSA Safety Measurement System: It's effective.

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Friday round-up: Small-fleet struggles hit the mainstream, apnea ‘twilight zone’ the local paper

A local paper in Minnesota gets the apnea issue more or less right. And: To adapt or not to adapt -- the Wall Street Journal paints small-carrier woes with broad brush, with mixed results.

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GATS Pride & Polish preview: Chance 2 Transport 389 glider and van, ‘Twisted Obsession’

Video, photos of Rod Miller's Chance 2 Transport "Twisted Obsession," a 2014 Peterbilt 389 glider/Great Dane dry van combo you'll see out on the show floor at GATS this week.

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Wisconsin: Targeting enforcement for violations

Only one state does it better -- or in many truckers' perspectives, worse -- than Wisconsin. With more than 3 violations written for every inspection performed in 2014, the state closed in on category leader Connecticut.

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UPS buying freight broker Coyote Logistics in $1.8 billion deal

Founded in 2006, full-truckload brokerage Coyote Logistics reported annual revenue of $2.1 billion in 2014. Closing of the deal to buy the company, UPS says, is expected within 30 days, subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals.

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Career advancement for the long haul: One small fleet’s growth story

While a family business is certainly not the only way to start and/or run a small fleet, it is one of the more common; run through Old Time Express here with Mark, Mitch and founder owner-operator Bo White.

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Is going independent a fading dream?

An Overdrive poll in late 2013 showed half of our readers believe industry changes have made it more difficult to get your operating authority and be profitable.

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ELD mandate: Independents’ final straw?

An Overdrive survey shows between 50 and 70 percent of respondents threatening to exit the industry over the electronic-log mandate -- the highest percentages are among independents/small fleets.

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Melvin Davis’ new ‘Hillbilly Hilton’ fresh out of the body shop

The 2000 Freightliner Classic's 163-inch custom-built sleeper now comes equipped with a full-size shower and bed, easy chair, table, a full closet and a kitchen counter with a sink, refrigerator, microwave and cook stove.

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MATS New Entrant listening session yields new ideas

Among voluminous thoughts on New Entrant testing, responding to commentary from owner-operator Michael Potwin Anne Ferro revealed that the agency's plan to downgrade adjudicated citations' violation weight in the CSA system could be in place as early as this summer.

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