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Partners in Business tip: Keep an escrow account for maintenance costs

Every good preventive maintenance schedule begins with a maintenance escrow savings account. A good formula for this ties the age of the truck to cents-per-mile savings.

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Spot market opportunity: End of month, end of quarter, pre-holiday picks

Given it's the end of June and the end of the second quarter of the year (when freight typically rises in volume as shippers move inventory) and we're headed into a four-day-ish Fourth of July, conditions are strong for van, reefer freight.

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Disruptive behavior most truckers wouldn’t give a demerit

Would margin transparency in brokered freight transactions be a disruption worth lauding? Here, a run back through recent history's arguments for -- and occasionally against.

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LA-area truckers end strike by picketing at City Hall

Truckers working in drayage operations in Southern California ports held a week-long strike last week to protest what they say is employee misclassification and the costs of compliance with area ports' emissions reduction plans. They marched to LA City Hall last week to air their concerns to the city's government.

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POLL: Do you support Republicans’ Obamacare ‘repeal/replace’ efforts?

Republican bills in both House and Senate would overhaul much of the Affordable Care Act, including removing the mandate to purchase insurance. More controversial items include the reining in of Medicaid eligibility, return of tax cuts to wealthy Americans, and big changes to the individual market for insurance. What's your view?

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AscendTMS software free to DAT carrier users

Dispatch tools, rate indices, access to factoring, full load board functionality and more are available to current DAT TruckersEdge, Express and Power users via the AscendTMS operations-management software and its integration with DAT.

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Dedicated freight — an antidote to chasing rates

After years chasing rates and high miles, over the last decade and more Keith Sampson shifted his thinking. His example is clear evidence that keeping your eye out for dedicated-freight opportunities can deliver the best of both worlds -- income stability and high profitability, without sacrificing your home life in the process.

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Mixed week on the spot market for vans, reefers

This week's spot market demand update sees capacity loosening up a bit -- truck posts. However, volumes remained high, and rates held for vans on most top-volume lanes.

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House bill would nix 12% excise tax on truck purchases

U.S. Rep. Doug LaMalfa (R-Calif.) introduced Tuesday a bill that seeks to repeal the federal excise tax (FET) on the retail sale of most heavy-duty trucks, tractors and trailers.

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Partners in Business tip: Have a fixed residence

Run a single-truck business? You need to report a fixed residence. Here's why.

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