Business

DOT: Trucking loses $3.8M annually to weather delays

The agency assessed weather’s effect on freight in 13 diverse regions as a follow up to its 2012 national estimate of weather delays affecting trucking. The new analysis indicated a significantly lower national cost estimate than the previous study’s $8-9 billion estimate.

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One owner-operator’s evolution through continual education: A run with Gary Buchs

From the road with Landstar-leased owner-operator Gary Buchs: This podcast, recorded just prior to the July 4 holiday, ranged across Buchs' business evolution as an owner-operator throughout much of the last decade and a half.

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Trucker gets nearly $200k from carrier in refusal to drive firing

A truck operator for tank hauling carrier Neier, Inc. has been awarded nearly $200,000 in back pay, punitive and compensatory damages and attorney’s fees after Neier fired him for refusing to accept a load the trucker said would have put him in violation of federal hours of service limits.

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Spot market van rates showing strength — relatively speaking, that is

DAT Load Boards' network showed July van rates above June's, atypical this time of years. It's one of a couple "good signs that we're watching to see if they hold up," says DAT's Ken Harper. Flatbed picture remains volatile, though the Southeast is showing strength.

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Partners in Business tip: Practice proper oil filtration

Use good oil filtration practices. Choose a filter that meets all the engine manufacturer’s specifications. Always change it at the recommended interval to extend oil life.

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Rearview: Overdrive takes on the Teamsters

From the early 1960s to the early ’80s, rarely did an issue of Overdrive leave the printer without one or more articles accusing the powerful International Brotherhood of Teamsters of widespread corruption, misuse of truckers’ dues and violent bullying tactics aimed at its detractors.

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Best — and worst — 10 states for clean inspections

These states present truckers with the best opportunities -- or, as the case may be, the least likelihood -- for a clean inspection, crucial in improving CSA scores.

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Making the ‘Road Hunter’ app

Created by Mikhail Dzarasov, Road Hunter's a route-planner at heart, with map views that piggyback on Google's map-, street- and satellite-view capabilities to deliver 100,000-foot and on-the-ground intelligence.

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Credit for clean: ‘Finishing the job’ on violation-free inspections

Mississippi far exceeding all states when it comes to helping truckers by issuing clean inspections. According to state officials, that could change with some more precise targeting in the future.

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Heavy vehicle use taxes due Aug. 31

The IRS now requires an appointment for those who wish to file heavy vehicle use tax in person. The agency’s Form 2290, filed when paying the annual fee, is due Aug. 31.

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