Thomas Blake

Attention to detention: Solutions to the problem of uncompensated time, part 2

Many carriers have moved in in the direction of time-based pay systems with hourly detention-pay plans, including small fleets; some strategies for detention-rate negotiations take shape.

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Inconsistent enforcement: Know your vulnerabilities

Inspectors around the nation know well the low-hanging fruit for violations in certain industry segments.

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Prompt updates to fleet data can help scores

Use the MCS-150 form to update annual vehicle-miles-traveled and total power unit data for your fleet, measurements you have control over and which figure in Unsafe Driving and Crash Indicator BASIC measures.

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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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The forces at work on detention pay

Operators and industry reps weigh in on the problem of uncompensated detention time at shippers and receivers, and what is being and could be done about it. The problem was No. 3 in Overdrive's 2012 poll of top challenges for owner-operators.

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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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Join radio discussion of top trucking challenges

On the Truth About Trucking Live radio show Aug. 16, 7 p.m. EDT, join Overdrive Senior Editor Todd Dills for a talk with hosts Allen and Donna Smith about Dills’ "Owner-operators' top challenges" feature in Overdrive.

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O/O challenges: More solutions to high fuel

Outtakes from interviews conducted as part of research into Todd Dills' "Owner-operators' top challenges" feature in the August 2012 edition of Overdrive magazine.

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