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Owner-operator niche: Auto hauling — hard to get established, but lucrative if you can

Auto hauling is one of the more difficult trucking segments to enter and master, but it also can be one of the most financially rewarding, with many auto haulers bringing home net pay of six figures. Here's what it takes and how owner-operators can get into it.

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Wyoming-based seven-truck carrier ordered to shut down following FMCSA investigation

Violations include: Failing to conduct pre-employment background checks on drivers, failing to ensure drivers were qualified before dispatching them, failing to properly monitor drivers to ensure compliance with hours-of-service requirements, using a driver who tested positive for a controlled substance and failure to maintain equipment.

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Audio mailbag from the ‘driver wage shortage’

In this mailbag podcast, an owner-operator out of Charlotte, N.C., offered an addition to the "driver shortage" phrase that he -- along with many others -- feels might well clear things up a bit. He's not the first to say it, but it bears repeating.

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Spot market update: Reefer warming with the weather, van gaining steam

momentum in carriers’ favor, said DAT’s Ken Harper in this week’s weekly spot market update, continuing the momentum seen in recent weeks for both the reefer segment and van and flatbed segments. More here...

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Annual Roadcheck inspection blitz dates set for early June

Approximately 75,000 inspections occur each year during the Roadcheck inspection blitz, done by a joint effort of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others. Here are the dates for this year's Roadcheck.

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Partners in Business tip: Prepare for loans

When you apply for a loan, you should come armed with certain information. Here's what you need.

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Highway ‘devolution’: How has it impacted owner-operators? Reader comments wanted

Owner-operators, how has your operation been affected by highway funding devolution? Greater congestion? More tolls? Greater variability in highway conditions from state to state? Let us know here...

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‘CSA-equivalent’ scoring pitched to brokers, shippers

Regarding its "CSA-e" re-engineering of CSA percentiles, SaferWatch raises the specter of negligence lawsuits for brokers not utilizing available information assessing risks when selecting carriers -- but if Congress and so many others are right, it's never been a better time to stop such use altogether.

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Cummins Redefining Tour – Driver Reactions and Future Tour Dates

ATRI looking for drivers to keep truck parking ‘diaries’ for two weeks

The American Transportation Research Institute is recruiting drivers to keep a 14-day truck parking diary to keep track of parking issues.

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Martin Transportation to install driver monitoring systems fleet-wide

Martin Transportation Systems, one of the nation's largest fleets, has installed the Lytx DriveCam system across its roughly 1,000-truck fleet, it announced March 21. The carrier says it will use the system as an "impartial witness" to determine crash fault, as well as a means for training drivers.

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