small fleets

North American driver photo contest, carbon tax revolt down under

Carrier services marketing and load-location engine hosts summer driver photo contest, and down under, a trucking association is all-systems-go on opposition to a carbon tax on diesel.

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Profilin’ — not so stylin’ — at the scale house

Has FMCSA's CSA program had an unintended (or, perhaps, intended) consequence of giving inspectors license to hassle small operators simply for the fact that they are small companies?

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The problem solver: Jim Vant of Crow Wing Transport

The story of Vant's fleet's success, built on a strategy of good driver treatment: "I've never had a truck make me a dime -- it's the person sitting in the seat."

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Crashes and interventions: CSA’s crash flaw

Independent owner-operators have the lowest rate of truck-involved crashes but are far more likely to be put out of service than drivers for carriers with 500 or more trucks, which have a higher crash rate.

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Remembering Douglas Bench, 1967-2013

Small fleet owner Douglas Bench passed away in January at the age of 45 -- he leaves behind a strong trucking business with family members as monument to his life.

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Manage MCS-150 data for CSA scoring

It's important for those with carrier authority to keep tabs on their annual self-reported vehicle-miles-traveled and power-unit information for CSA scoring purposes.

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Plaintiffs’ written arguments filed in CSA suit

A group of carriers, brokers and other trucking stakeholders filed written arguments in its case against FMCSA alleging agency overreach with its May CSA guidance.

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Expediting: Singing the praises with Don Lanier

A chance meeting with expedited driver Don Lanier yields insights into the segment.

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Computing the owner-operator business — Part 2

Part 2 of this series features explores the landscape for web-based models for trucking management software for small fleets and independents -- and the mobile integration on the way.

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Whence the great rates?

Supplementing reporting on the No. 4 top owner-operator challenge -- freight rates -- here find an update on the state of pay and further anecdotes, information and perspective from trusted sources.

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