Business

Cargo theft incidents fall year-over-year, values rise

CargoNet logged 192 cargo theft incidents in 2016’s second quarter worth an estimated $39 million. The total worth of cargo thefts represented a $1.3 million increase over the second quarter of 2015.

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Owner-operators need to ensure they’re using proper engine oil when new lubes come to market in December, API says

“New oils are coming. They’re coming very soon, and you need to make sure you know which one you’re supposed to use,” said Kevin Ferrick, manager of API’s global industry services certification programs. “Oils are different enough and unique enough today that you need to be sure you’re buying the right oil.”

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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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Spot market update: Seasonal reefer slump continues, van and flat show more strength

In this weekly spot market demand update, trends show the typical mid-July freight slump isn’t as bad for some truckers as it was in previous years. Flat rates are rising, van volumes holding, but reefer is showing typical seasonality.

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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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Partners in Business tip: Log maintenance records

Only with complete records can you track the work done on your truck and, when necessary, prove that required maintenance has been done.

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Pennsylvania Turnpike tolls increasing again in 2017

Drivers of Class 8, five-axle trucks traveling across the state on the Turnpike from the Ohio entrance to the New Jersey exit will see an E-ZPass increase from $231.87 to $245.78, and a cash increase from $322.90 to $342.27.

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Owner-operators for CEVA deemed contractors, not company employees

Owner-operators leased to CEVA Freight were rightly classified as independent contractors, an Oregon appeals court ruled. The carrier challenged the state's labor department's assertion that they should have been classified as company employees.

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Tipping The Scales: Time To Trade In And Trade Up With Cummins ISX15 SmartAdvantage.

‘Rest stop planning’ function introduced

Navigation-tech company Sygic has teamed up with electronic-logging-device and asset tracking software provider Forward Thinking Systems on a Rest Stop Planning feature intended to streamline compliance for fleets while improving driver safety.

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Video: Owner-operator Gary Buchs’ ‘plan for success’

"People complain about the rates," says owner-operator Gary Buchs, but "not everybody's losing money." Buchs suggests too much emphasis is placed on an aspect of the business that owner-operators have only partial degrees of control over. "It's better," he says, "to have your costs in line -- I have total control over that."

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