small fleets

Playing the cards right in driver appreciation

Personal relationships drive good businesses -- nowhere is that more true than in trucking.

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Hours, EOBRs: Adapt or fight?

Owner-operators' No. 2 named challenge, the unsettled nature of the hours of service regulations and a potential electronic logs mandate, has moved some to embrace change, others to fight for fairness.

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NASTC’s ‘Daily Fuel Hedge’ and discount program

Two fuel-price fighting tools from the National Association of Small Trucking Companies -- their Quality Plus Network of fuel stops offering members cost-plus discounts and their Daily Fuel Hedge.

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What’s the worst thing that can happen to a trucking company?

NASTC president David Owen answered the question in the association's new entrants seminar July 27, 2012.

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CSA two-punch: Second lawsuit brought

A suit against the FMCSA's CSA program brought by the ASECTT group alleged unfairness to small carriers within FMCSA's compliance and enforcement regime.

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Paccar MX tough-tested with Louisville aggregate hauler

Keith Redden’s retirement dream was to start a trucking firm. “I said if I owned six trucks, I could make a living,” he says. After a start in 2003 with three used Kenworths from a home base in Floyd’s Knob, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, his K Redden Trucking business is up to a total 24 power units at present, “and I enjoy it more every day,” he adds. In 2005, he began purchasing ...

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UV protection and FMCSA’s window-tinting clarification

FMCSA said that "truck drivers, fleet owners and managers can install a protective window film with over 70 percent net Visible Light Transmittance (VLT) on the side windows of trucks weighing over 26,001 pounds."

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Could EOBRs solve the detention dilemma?

EOBRs can give owner-operators a powerful tool when dealing with customers and the shipping/receiving facilities relative to detention time. Given that stopped time and location is easily retrievable with the systems, operators now have ready-made documentation to prove detention time to the shipper, beyond just drivers' word.

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Colin Stuart’s ‘Working Class,’ shown in Knoxville this weekend

Just as I was wrapping up my time at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show this past Saturday, April 14, what would pull into the lot at Knoxville, Tenn.'s Chilhowee Park on East Magnolia but this stupendous custom 1984 Peterbilt 359, the usually heavy-hauling (he had on a load of pallets Saturday) Working Class of Harvard, Ill.-based Colin Stuart. Stuart was on hand with trucking troubadour Leland Martin, who performed Saturday afternoon and whose latest record is ...

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Owner-operator on the guv’s blog

Owner-operator Paul Ahles utilized the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's program for low, 4 percent financing of auxiliary power units to purchase the APU on his truck today, and as a participant in the program he was featured recently on Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton's blog, available at this link. Ahles called the choice to purchase the PowerCube APU the "best decision I ever made ... I would absolutely recommend getting an APU. The MPCA has been great to ...

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