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Making more of that Alaska plate with Bennett-leased owner-ops, take two

Turns out the opportunity to make the most of the plate registration fee did arise for owner-operator Jerry Boyd before the registration period runs out this summer. He and fellow Bennett Motor Extpress owner-op Carl Lawrence, as well as another hauler, embarked from Oak Harbor, Wash., bound for Fairbanks on Thursday.

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Don’t have to be a ‘one-and-done’: Know your customer to survive/thrive in the first year with carrier authority

For most new independent owner-ops, emphasizes Kevin Rutherford in this edition of Overdrive Radio, the customer (fundamentally the entity that pays your business for its service) is one, a few or several brokers. Too many owner-ops fail to see or treat their brokers like a customer, without which failure is any business' destiny. And: A view from the other side with small broker Al Zellmer.

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‘BlackGold’ scale memorial Mack, Cecil Spurlock’s son and family’s tribute to the Kentucky coal hauler

The 1/25th scale model of Spurlock's 1981 Mack DM 800 coal hauler is their way of honoring his legacy. When Spurlock passed in 2012, says his son David, he was buried "with his Mack cap on his head, and a coal miner on his grave stone with a pick and shovel on his shoulder, showing where he came from."

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‘Gold trucks’ shined up, back on the haul

Why had it been so long since I'd heard from TMOG, LLC (that's for "These Trucks Are Made of Gold") independent owner-operator Howard Salmon? Turns out, he'd been off the road the last four months or so putting plenty of work into his vintage 1999 Kenworth W900. 

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Trucker Eugene Leptien’s custom-designed X50 flag mounts for trucks and more

Designed by a trucker in part for truckers, the X50 company has flag mounts for both trucks (on West Coast mirrors) and motorcycles (a two-piece mount, and the source for the majority of X50's orders to date), among other vehicles.

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Amazon: The 800-pound gorilla still in need of a few good lumpers

This week's Overdrive Radio podcast edition tells the story of an Amazon load hauled by Gary and Ondena Caraway, whose fine print said 12-48 hours would be required for unload at the Edwardsville, Ill., facility. When that 48 hours turned into a week.... Well, let's just say they were not happy indeed....

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Rise of the ‘shipper of choice’ phrase, particularly when it involves truck parking

In addition to the case of shipper Unilever’s Newville, Pa., facility, which I wrote briefly about last week, there are plenty other shippers and receivers who do make parking options available to drivers when space allows. At once, they’re hardly the norm, yet attention to parking issues is growing in the ELD mandate's wake.

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Working remotely as an owner-operator — autonomous remote-pilot test driver profiled

Ex-owner-op Jeff Runions today is working as a "test driver" for the San Francisco-based Starsky Robotics tech start-up, whose remote-pilot exploits in the "autonomous trucks" realm have made news in recent months.

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Truckers engage with FMCSA, work on follow-on petition for hours change to allow more sleeper splits

Remember that recently invoked saying about squeaky wheels? Some good emerged from the MATS session on hours that went off the rails, as several truckers pivoted with outreach to FMCSA, planning and taking part in meeting with officials about hours of service revision potential.

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Novel ‘best practices’ parking examples data collection under way

A new effort from a working group within the National Coalition on Truck Parking needs your help to identify novel parking solutions in order that states, municipalities and private entities not always seen as truck-parking providers might implement them.

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