Business

Channeling Reagan, Congressmen push for increasing fuel taxes

| December 04, 2014

Two Congressmen — and a cutout of President Ronald Reagan — pushed Wednesday for an increase to the tax on diesel and gasoline as a means to better fund U.S. Highways. They and President Obama, however, know Congressional action is unlikely.

Apnea clarification unlikely in short term to remedy the condition’s growing importance in medical certifications

| December 04, 2014

Though FMCSA says it will send a bulletin to medical examiners to clarify its guidelines on screening drivers for sleep apnea, it's unlikely medical examiners' willingness to issue short-term driver medical certifications contingent on apnea testing will be affected.

‘Hotshot on steroids': Straight Forward Transportation of Ohio

| December 04, 2014

Sue and Kevin Nelson's 2012 single-drive-axle Freightliner Columbia is Straight Forward Transportation’s “hotshot on steroids,” says Sue Nelson, acquired to augment a business founded the non-dually drive axle of a Ford F250 pickup, still in operation.

Car/mobile equipment hauling: Owner-operator Greg Cutler’s Show-n-Sell Towing & Recovery

| December 03, 2014

Today hauling classic cars, farm equipment and other rolling stock, Greg Cutler of Fon Du Lac, Wis., got into hotshot hauling after years as a tow operator.

FedEx drivers reject Teamsters affiliation in latest vote

| December 02, 2014

FedEx Freight says drivers at its Louisville, Ky., hub voted last week against joining the Teamsters union. The Louisville vote was the latest chapter in the Teamsters’ recent run at the parcel carrier giant.

‘I-4 Ultimate’ project in Florida getting under way in new yearImage Gallery

| December 02, 2014

Also: Independent former hotshot/car hauler Joey Slaughter's step deck transition with an all-aluminum 53-foot Chaparral step.

Geographic specialization, with Brady’s Hotshot Hauling owner-operator Jeff WardImage Gallery

| December 02, 2014

Atlanta-area owner-operator Jeff Ward started his hotshot business with a diesel F450 cab and chassis outfitted with a flatbed body and gooseneck-type hitch.

Rates update: Van, reefer see big gains in November, flatbed falls

| December 02, 2014

Per-mile spot market rates in reefer and dry van segments saw big jumps in November, keeping in line with seasonal trends, while flatbed rates fell a few cents in the month.

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