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August 25, 2014 - Industry News

Judge Rules Vicarious Liability Applies in Lawsuit Against Carrier

What one media outlet calls a “landmark decision” by a federal court pushes aside a nearly decade-long federal protection for vehicle leasing companies. It's expected to affect trucking companies whose owner-operators are involved in accidents when certain leasing arrangements are used.

Tags: Accidents, Liability, Drivers, New York, Litigation, Leasing, Owner-Operators

August 18, 2014 - Industry News

Shippers Air Concerns about Driver Coercion Proposal

Federal truck safety regulations are venturing into new territory with a proposal to protect drivers from coercion, igniting concerns among shippers and others about how the rule will affect them.

Tags: FMCSA, Driver Coercion, Drivers, Regulations, ATA, TIA, OOIDA, Shippers, NITL, Brokers, Owner-Operators

July 28, 2014 - Industry News

Landstar Opens Facility in Texas

Photo of the ribbon-cutting ceremony at Landstar's facility in Dallas-Ft. Worth metroplex. Photo courtesy of Landstar.

Landstar System's newest facility for its owner-operators is expected to be the most-visited field location.

Tags: Fleets, Landstar System, Driver Training, Owner-Operators

June 25, 2014 - Industry News

Supreme Court Declines to Review Case Involving Swift Truckers

The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition by the trucking company Swift Transportation to review a lower court ruling against the company involving independent contractor driver leases.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Swift Transportation

June 24, 2014 - Industry News

Owner-Operator Group Challenges Call for Ferro Resignation

A group of a dozen owner-operators is challenging the call of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association for resignation of the top federal truck safety official. “Most of us are members of OOIDA and we respectfully disagree with our leadership on this issue,” the group said in a letter to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

Tags: FMCSA, OOIDA, Anne Ferro, Owner-Operators, Drivers, Regulations

June 19, 2014 - Industry News

Builders Transportation Increases Pay, Offering Sign-On Bonus

It has increased pay to 50 cents per mile or 29% of the freight revenue, for those with at least two years experience, according to a release, along with offering a $3,000 sign-on bonus for experienced drivers.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators, Driver Pay

June 18, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Named OOIDA Regulatory Affairs Director

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association said Tuesday that longtime trucker and owner-operator Scott Grenerth has joined OOIDA as Director of Regulatory Affairs.

Tags: Drivers, Regulations, Truck Drivers, OOIDA, Owner-Operators

June 9, 2014 - Industry News

OOIDA and C.R. England Reach Settlement Over Leases

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association and the trucking company C.R. England have reached a settlement in a case regarding compliance with federal regulations governing the leasing relationship between motor carriers and truck owner-operators.

Tags: C.R. England, OOIDA, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Litigation

June 5, 2014 - Industry News

Dart Takes OTR Owner-Operator Rate to $1.00/Mile

The increase brings the loaded mileage rate up 4¢ per mile to $1.00 per mile, and the deadhead rate up 1¢ per mile to $0.91 per mile, effective July 1.

Tags: Owner-Operators, Dart

May 19, 2014 - Industry News

Trucker Captures SuperRigs Best of Show for Second Consecutive Year

2014 Shell Rotella SuperRigs, Best of Show winner's truck, owned by Bill Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis. Photo: Shell Lubricants/Conrad Schmidt

Bill Rethwisch of Tomah, Wis. captured Best of Show honors with his green and white 2013 Peterbilt 389 at the 32nd Annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition held May 15-17 at zMAX Dragway in Concord, N.C.

Tags: Shell Rotella, Owner-Operators, Shell SuperRigs, Image

May 13, 2014 - Industry News

SuperRigs Contest Set for Thursday through Saturday

The 32nd annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs competition beings Thursday and runs through Saturday at the zMAX Dragway, part of Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C.

Tags: North Carolina, Owner-Operators, Shell SuperRigs

May 7, 2014 - Industry News

Fleet Offers Big Sign-on Bonus for Owner-Operators

Omega Integrated Logistics Group, Mount Holly, N.C., announced what it says is the largest sign-on bonus in the trucking industry. We learn more about the fine print.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators, Driver Pay

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Atlas Looking to Add 200 Owner Operators This Year

The trucking operation Atlas World Group plans to sign on 200 new owner-operators for its Direct Fleet by the end of the year.

Tags: Atlas Van Lines, Fleets, Owner-Operators

April 28, 2014 - Industry News

Port Truckers Staging 48-Hour Strike

Port truck drivers from four of Los Angeles’ leading drayage firms planned to go on a 48-hour strike at marine terminals at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, beginning Monday.

Tags: Drivers, Port of Los Angeles, Port of Long Beach, Intermodal, Fleets, Ports, Owner-Operators, Teamsters, Labor Unions, Independent Contractors

April 21, 2014 - Industry News

Schneider Immediately Hiring 200 drivers

Schneider is immediately hiring 200 professional truck drivers in Houston and the surrounding area to meet a wide variety of growing business needs across its customer base.

Tags: Drivers, Owner-Operators, Schneider National

March 31, 2014 - Industry News

Listening Session Draws Ideas for New-Entrant Requirements

Anne Ferro, FMCSA administrator, asks a question while Larry Minor and other agency officials look on. Photo: Evan Lockridge

MATS, LOUISVILLE – There were a variety of suggestions from industry players on how to implement a new-entrant testing system Friday during the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's public listening session at the Mid-America Trucking Show.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, OOIDA, Owner-Operators, Mid-America Trucking Show, Brokers

March 21, 2014 - Industry News

Settlement Reached Between California Port Truckers and Fleet

Port truck drivers for Pacific 9 Transportation in California have settled their difference against their carrier in labor dispute, giving them employee rights, including the right to form a union.

Tags: Drivers, California, Fleets, Teamsters, Port Trucking, NLRB, Labor Unions, Owner-Operators, Independent Contractors, Ports, Intermodal

February 24, 2014 - Industry News

Port Trucking Companies Implement Surcharges for Delays at Port of NY and NJ

Some trucking operations serving the Port of New York and New Jersey have stated imposing surcharges for delays they are experiencing due to congestion at container terminals.

Tags: Drivers, New York, New Jersey, Owner-Operators, Port Trucking, Port of New York and New Jersey

February 21, 2014 - Industry News

Idaho Supreme Court Reverses Earlier Ruling Against Owner-Operators

The Idaho Supreme Court has overturned an earlier decision classifying trucking company owner-operators as employees.

Tags: Idaho, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Litigation, Independent Contractors

February 19, 2014 - Industry News

New Report Slams Port Trucking Business Practices

Photo: Evan Lockridge

A new report claims to reveal the “enormous scale and shocking costs of an illegal business practice used by employers in the U.S. port trucking industry”

Tags: Drivers, Teamsters, Port Trucking, Independent Contractors, Ports, Intermodal, Owner-Operators

February 10, 2014 - Industry News

IRS Going After Late HVUT Payments

A break the IRS gave to trucking over the filing of the heavy vehicle use tax more than two years ago is coming back to haunt some people.

Tags: IRS, Taxes, Fleets, Owner-Operators

January 29, 2014 - Industry News

Spot Truck Freight Volume and Rates Drop

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After a strong start to the month, freight activity and rates on the spot truckload market tapered off during the week ending Jan. 25 compared to the previous seven days.

Tags: Fleets, Freight, Owner-Operators, Spot Freight, DAT Transcore

January 27, 2014 - Industry News

Study Identifies Trends in Freight Charges for Shippers

The third party logistics provider Transplace has released the results of its annual benchmarking study that includes data from more than 150 shippers, representing more than $12 billion dollars in annual freight spending.

Tags: Transplace, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Shippers, Freight Rates

January 15, 2014 - Industry News

Independent Contractor Bill Signed into Law in New York

Credit: NY Governor's office

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed into law the New York State Commercial Goods Transportation Industry Fair Play Act, drastically changing how the state classifies independent contractors

Tags: New York, Legislation, Fleets, Owner-Operators, Teamsters, Independent Contractors

January 2, 2014 - Industry News

CRST Purchases Short-Haul Fleet BESL Transfer

Photo: Evan Lockridge

Trucking company owner CRST International has announced the acquisition of privately-held BESL Transfer Company, based in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tags: Fleets, Owner-Operators, Mergers & Acquisitions, CRST, Flatbed

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