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July 18, 2013

New Shell SuperRigs Winner After Eligibility Review

There's a new winning Best of Show entry in this year's Shell Rotella SuperRigs Contest, because the previously announced winner was found to not meet all the eligibility requirements for a working truck and trailer.

July 18, 2013

Small Brokers Sue to Stop $75,000 Bond Requirement

A group representing small property brokers has sued the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to stop the new $75,000 bond requirement scheduled to go into effect Oct. 1, saying large trade groups are trying to eliminate small broker competition.

July 16, 2013

Owner-Operators of Today and Yesteryear

A lot can change in 10 years, and for the average owner-operator, a lot has changed. Todd Amen, CEO of ATBS, recently presented at TCA's Refrigerated Division Annual Meeting on how the owner-operator and his world has transformed in a decade's time.

July 9, 2013

Which Drivers Make Good Lease-Purchase Candidates?

While capacity is important, the DOT's new CSA enforcement regime and ever-nosier agencies like the IRS make it clear that you simply can't take people that need to be led by the hand into a lease-purchase program.

July 8, 2013

Buy Used, Build Equity

Here are two things you need to know about buying a truck: it takes big bucks to play with big trucks, and there no such thing as a free lunch. Keep those two things in mind while planning your business strategy and you'll double your chance of success.

June 25, 2013

New York Passes Amended Trucker Classification Legislation

A bill to more clearly define independent contractor truckers has received final passage by New York state lawmakers, but it does not endanger the owner-operator model as some say it earlier attempted to do.

June 25, 2013

How Safety Audits Apply to New Owner-Operators

If you decide to get your own DOT number and strike out on your own, one regulatory requirement you will need to be aware of is the “new-entrant safety audit.” What do you need to know to get over this hurdle?

June 13, 2013

Supreme Court Partially Upholds ATA in L.A. Port Case

The Supreme Court unanimously ruled that the Port of Los Angeles may not impose the placarding and parking requires of its concession plan on trucking companies. This in effect upholds part of the position American Trucking Associations took in pushing for the high court’s review of the port’s concession agreement.

June 10, 2013

5 Ways to Succeed or Fail as an Owner-Operator

Sometimes owner-operators are their own worst enemy. They too often do things to undermine their business – like budgeting based on the best of times, not year-long averages. Or they switch carriers to one promising more home time, only to discover they can't make payment with the truck parked in the driveway every night.

May 31, 2013

New Jersey Passes Misclassification Bill; Gov. Christie Could Veto

Opponents of an "employee misclassification bill" passed Thursday by the New Jersey state Senate say they will continue to work to make sure the measure does not actually become law. The legislation creates a presumption that a work arrangement in the drayage trucking or parcel delivery trucking industries is an employer-employee relationship.

May 15, 2013

Truckers File Lawsuit Over Independent Contractor Status

Two truck drivers working out of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have filed a lawsuit against the trucking company Harbor Express alleging they should be treated as employees, not owner-operators.

May 7, 2013

Five Trends Affecting Today's Owner-Operators

Owner-operators are far from dead, but the population is experiencing some changes, according to Todd Spencer, vice president of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, with many of those changes caused by government regulations.

May 7, 2013

Owner-Operator Seeks Out Truckstop Electrification

How bad does owner-operator Matt Purtee want truckstop electrification? “Bad enough where I know a few truckstops that have light poles with plug-ins at the base,” he says with a chuckle. “I get to those sites early so I can tap into the power before someone else does."

May 6, 2013

What To Do If The IRS Comes Knocking

April 15 has come and gone, so you can breathe easy for another year -- that is, unless the IRS decides to audit you and become a major pain in your life. Here's how to handle it if they do.

April 18, 2013

Rod Nofziger Named OOIDA Chief Operating Officer

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association has named Rod Nofziger chief operating officer.

April 16, 2013

Justices Pose Close Questions in LA Port Case

The long and tumultuous matter of the Port of Los Angeles’ Clean Truck Program came to a head in the Supreme Court Tuesday, with Justices conducting a spirited discussion with opposing attorneys.

April 10, 2013

East Coast and Gulf Coast Port Workers Approve New Contract

Fears in trucking about the possibility of a strike by longshoremen at East Coast and Gulf Coast ports can be laid to rest with the approval of a new labor contract by dockworkers.

April 10, 2013

Are Your Driving Habits Feeding Your Fuel Bill?

Poor fuel mileage can be a make-or-break proposition for owner-operators, and a lot of whether you get 6 mpg or 8 mpg depends on your skills and habits as a driver. Two drivers on two identical trucks can see a difference of up to 30% in fuel economy. Much of that chasm stems from good or bad pedal and stick management, and the driver's willingness to use available technology to his best advantage.

April 9, 2013

OOIDA/C.R. England Battle Continues, Association Scores Win Against Comerica Bank

A 10-year battle between the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association and the fleet C.R. England shows no signs of letting up, but the group has won a decision in a separate case that’s 15 years old.

April 8, 2013

Landair Transport Focuses on Owner-Operators for Growth

Landair Transport, Greenville, Tenn., announced plans to give professional owner operators the opportunity to be a bigger part of its team.


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