Business

Reefer, van ‘warming market’ maps for the week

Spring freight volumes are exactly hot in van and reefer, but warming. Usually this time of year, notes DAT's Ken Harper, rates will follow. Some local markets where owner-operators can bring confidence to negotiations detailed here.

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ABF Freight to charge customers compliance surcharge for loads in and out of California

This month, the Arkansas-based ABF Freight began the California Compliance Surcharge to offset the state’s higher operating costs and stricter regulations.

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Partners in Business tip: Carry a notebook with your receipt envelope

This notebook will be used to record those expenses for which you cannot obtain a receipt, such as when you wash your truck at a coin-operated facility or personal use of your auto, so you can deduct the expenses at tax time.

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New owner-operator edition from Fog Line Software

The Truckn Pro Owner-Operator Edition is designed specifically with the needs of one-truck independents with motor carrier authority and leased owner-operators in mind.

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Audio mailbag: Broker freight transaction transparency rears its head amid rate doldrums

What exactly are those with the biggest stake in any freight movement getting today separated by middlemen? Not much, at too high a rate, one caller among others to the Overdrive Radio podcast line contends.

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‘A broken system’: Small fleet owner on CSA, SFD reliance on roadside inspections, violations

Hazmat, securement violations for a two-gallon tote holding spare oil? Check. Bob Delullo's thoughts on CSA and the proposed SFD rule are a variation on the "garbage in, garbage out" phrase to describe systems doomed by the component parts on which they are based.

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Spot market swings against owner-operators as loads dip, trucks climb

The number of available loads posted on the spot market, per Truckstop.com data, fell in the week, while the number of available trucks climbed. The combination pushed the index down to a reading of 13, signaling favorability for brokers in spot market negotiations.

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W.V. Supreme Court sides with truckers, strikes down truck ban in Morgantown

Truck drivers earned a victory in court last week when the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia upheld a lower court decision that struck down an ordinance from the city of Morgantown that banned trucks from using a certain portion of State Route 7 that passes through the city.

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

Trucking groups fire back at FMCSA over carrier rating rule, say it circumvents Congressional intent

An ad-hoc coalition of trucking organizations issued a letter Monday, April 11, to Acting FMCSA Administrator Scott Darling disputing comments made by FMCSA’s Joe DeLorenzo last week. The groups reiterate their argument that the rule violates federal law, despite FMCSA's claims otherwise.

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Swell of owner-operator bankruptcies on the horizon?

"The market has had the luxury of operating with decreasing fuel prices. That has now changed and if prices rise quickly it could have a big impact on cash flow, especially for the smaller carriers.”

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