Tag: Owner-operators' Top Challenges
‘Keep fighting’: One reader’s reaction to the 7th circuit’s ELD decision
In this Overdrive Radio ‘mailbag’ series podcast, more than one trucker strikes a defiant yet hopeful tone in response to yesterday’s Halloween decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the FMCSA’s ELD mandate final rule.
November 1, 2016
Be heard: Engage your representatives directly
“If you don’t get involved, then as my dad and grampa would tell me, you don’t have any reason to complain when things are not going the way you think they should.” –Owner-operator (retired) Mike McRae
October 8, 2014
Hours of Service
Hours of service remains top concern in carrier survey
Fleet difficulty finding drivers rose to No. 2, followed by CSA, driver retention, the ELD mandate and truck parking. Weight in yourself via this post’s related poll and in the comments.
October 6, 2014
5 more things members of the general public don’t know about truckers
Costs of operation eat up a majority of an owner-operator business’s revenue — more on fuel, maintenance, tires, oil and food in this occasional series.
October 29, 2013
Attention to detention: Solutions to the problem of uncompensated time, part 2
Many carriers have moved in in the direction of time-based pay systems with hourly detention-pay plans, including small fleets; some strategies for detention-rate negotiations take shape.
October 28, 2013
Looking for fleet/owner-operator common ground
If drivers and fleet folks truly presented a united front on hours to Congress and regulators, would anything change for the better in terms of flexibility?
October 26, 2013
Attention to detention: Solutions to the problem of uncompensated time, part 1
Everyone in the supply chain benefits from uncompensated detention time – except the driver. Some see a shift toward hourly pay as a solution; other solutions are explored in this part 1 of a two-part series on detention.
October 24, 2013
Readers split on government, industry solutions to detention
Though all recognize the problem, grown ever more onerous with further restrictions on drivers’ hours with the new rules. Here, find a round-up of views and some examples of detention success.
September 6, 2013
Roundup: Return fire in owner-operator war, driverless trucks, truck-stop cuisine…
Independent rebuttal to prognosticators of insurmountable challenges of the owner-operator model; Driverless trucks: income opportunity?; Insurance: “we’ve got to stop this bill dead.”
August 15, 2013
Retrofit-DPF sales to satisfy California regulations lag
The total number of verified DPFs sold by companies for diesels operating in California in the first half of 2013 was 3,508 and includes both passive and active DPFs.
August 5, 2013
Driver dispatches to DOT: New priorities for a new secretary
What should the new DOT Secretary focus make a priority as he takes office? We asked, and drivers responded.
July 2, 2013
On dying breeds — and free pickup bedliners!
When talking about past “outlaw” segments of trucking culture, owner-operators are hardly the primary participants. (Also: a contest from Plastikote to win a free pickup bedliner — you’re welcome.)
April 11, 2013
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