Business

Partners in Business tip: Use a separate credit card for business expenses

Try to find a credit card without an annual fee and with a low interest rate. If possible, pay the balance in full every month

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How the potential gold mine of ELD data could hurt you

The precision and quantity of ELD data available after the mandate could, combined with a new safety-rating scheme, give on-site auditors an extra-effective tool for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis not only of uncovered hours violations, but also moving violations.

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Car haul for the long haul: Moving the Tesla with Earl Jackson

A run-in at a Nashville-area TA with veteran car hauler Earl Jackson, company driver today for small fleet The Finest Carrier, piloting a 2015 KW T680 w/ 144-inch ARI super sleeper hooked to an enclosed Kentucky trailer loaded with Tesla Model S and Model X cars bound for buyers.

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FMCSA wants to hear from owner-ops about CSA crash dispute plan

FMCSA hopes to hear from industry stakeholders about its two-year plan to allow carriers to file review requests for non-preventable crashes used against them in the CSA Crash Indicator BASIC and have the crashes scrubbed from their scores.

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Diesel prices fall another penny nationwide

A decrease of nine-tenths of a cent brings the U.S.’ average price of a gallon of on-highway diesel to $2.414.

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Stoking the log fires: Hours violations, fleet size and ELDs

The smallest carriers are feeling the heat of hours enforcement in select states, even as violations declined nationally in 2015.

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POLL: How long has it been since you had a ‘clean’ inspection?

Incidence of clean inspections, showing no violations, nationally has tracked around 40 percent, give or take, since the CSA program's advent in late 2010. How long ago was your last clean inspection?

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Reinvented: Overdrive’s Most Beautiful winner goes from the big screen to the big rig, excels as independent owner-operator

Former actress Brita Nowak of Jupiter, Florida, is ready for her newest starring role. The owner of BratCat Express is the winner of the 2016 Overdrive’s Most Beautiful contest.

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Big-Bore Engines Making Big Comeback. Don’t Compromise.

Trucking industry employment, driver turnover rates fall, latest reports show

The for-hire trucking industry’s total employment fell by a whopping 6,300 jobs in the month of June, according to the Labor Department. Also this week, the American Trucking Associations reported a decline in driver turnover rates in 2016's first quarter, with turnover at large truckload fleets falling to an annualized rate of 89 percent, ATA reports.

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FMCSA announces plan to allow owner-operators to contest non-preventable crashes used against them in CSA scores

The plan floated by FMCSA on July 7 will allow carriers to contest crashes counted against them in CSA and potentially remove those deemed non-preventable by the driver and carrier. The industry has long called for some form of "crash accountability" in CSA.

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