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Breaking Rules to Follow Rules

This is a follow-up letter to the issues of diabetic truck drivers. I am still on the road doing my thing. The rules have changed a little sin...

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Ready for 2010

Engine makers outline new technologies Officials from heavy-duty engine manufacturers gave an audience of drivers and flee...

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Dec. 11, 2008

Mitch Sandson, a 20-year veteran driver, became an owner-operator in April when he bought the 2005 Peterbilt 387, shown he...

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SLEEP DEPRIVED NOW? Get This… (Bruce)

DRIVE HARD, SLEEP LITTLE Agency urges fatigue reduction plans by closing rest stops In response to a tractor-trailer rollover that triggered a collision with a motorcoach, the National Transportation Safety Board repeated safety recommendations to deal with fatigued commercial drivers and to reduce the occurrence of fatigue in the first place. NTSB on Feb. 2 wrote letters to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The letters repeated NTSB's Sept. 16, 2008, ...

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Small world: from Birmingham Pilot on back to childhood

In this month's issue of ema href="http://truckersnews.com/"Truckers News/a/em, my colleague Max Kvidera a href="http://digitalmagazinetechnology.com/a/?KEY=truckersnews-09-09september#page=35"discusses costs in his monthly round-up on beginning owner-operator issues/topics of interest/a. Along the way toward the succinct but spot-on piece, he ran across 10-year trucking vet Robert Jacobs, who has fairly recently transitioned to leasing a rig after a long stint as a company driver. As Kvidera, based on the West Coast, prepared the piece, I got the opportunity to ...

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Slow and Steady

Hauling oversize loads brings high revenue, but travel restrictions and the cost of permits, pilot vehicles and police escorts eat into the bottom line.

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Seven decades

For many an owner-operator, the dream rig has been a Peterbilt.

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Dollars and Sense: Expect more pain before any gain

I predict some pickup in freight and rates in this fourth quarter, but the real upward climb will not begin until the second quarter of 2010.

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Hard financial choices

Buy a truck or lease it? Few owner-operators lease a truck. All things being equal over enough years, buying leaves you with more in y...

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Speakout – September 2009

'No Apology' made for setting standard In response to your column on how owner-operators can survive recessions (Pulse, June 2009...

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