Business

Rates, lanes on Labor Day weekend and beyond: A new resource

Where'd you load Friday? As owner-operator Chad Boblett of the Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook group and Rates and Lanes podcast notes, the answer probably had a lot to do with the rate you were able to negotiate for the long weekend.

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PIB tip: Save every receipt, no matter how small

Why “tip” the taxman? Place an envelope in your truck for collecting your receipts and send them at the end of each month to your business services provider.

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Truck operator backs into on-the-move pancake patron — Could he have prevented the accident?

While making a deliver at a restaurant, truck operator John Doe backed into the car of an unsuspecting patron who was trying to leave the restaurant. Could he have prevented this accident?

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Best of GATS: Pride & Polish champs, Most Beautiful crowning, biz strategy, software highlight 2014 show

The 2014 Great American Trucking Show was held last week and hosted the country's most prestigious show truck competition, equipment displays, educational seminars for owner-operators, live entertainment and more. Here's a rundown of some highlights.

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Agency to study driver pay connection to safety

Does driver pay correlate with safety? FMCSA announced Aug. 28 it hopes to find an answer to that question.

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Federal appeals court deems FedEx drivers employees, not contractors in latest ‘classification’ case

A federal appeals court ruled this week that certain FedEx Ground drivers were wrongly classified as independent contractors and should have been classified as employees of the company.

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Truck leasing companies not protected from driver actions, court says

A federal appeals court in New York this week ruled this month that carriers who lease trucks to drivers can be held liable for the actions of those drivers and are not protected by the Graves Amendment.

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Diesel price hits lowest point in 14 months

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel hit its lowest point since the week ended July 1, 2013, after falling 1.4 cents in the week ended Aug. 25 to $3.821. The price of diesel has now fallen eight straight weeks, dating back to the week ended July 7.

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

IdleAir adds four Pilot stops, five dedicated facilities

IdleAir announced at the Great American Trucking Show last week it now operates five dedicated facilities with single terminals in conjunction with C.R. england, Con-way Truckload, CalArk, Werner Enterprises and TSA/Panamex. The truck stop electrification service provides a/c, heat, 120V electricity, high-speed Internet and DirectTV. The company announced it plans to open five more carrier-dedicated terminals by early 2015. In addition to the five new dedicated facilities, IdleAir announced it completed construction in the first half of 2014 ...

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Kevin Rutherford emphasizes clarity of mission, strategy at GATS Partners in Business

In this podcast audio from the GATS Partners in Business seminar, Rutherford explores the difference between detail-heavy business tactics and what many owner-operators clearly need: defined goals and mission that amount to clear strategy.

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