National Owner Operators Association lease program in battle with its first contracted owner
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by Alex Lockie
3d ago
The National Owner Operators Association's relatively new leasing program got off to a rocky start earlier this year when Thomas Russell Holland, a former police officer turned small trucking business owner, alleged that NOOA President Michael Boston skimmed money off him in a "scam" operation. Holland plans to sue Boston for about $4,090 Boston still owes him, Holland said, from the final loads, and for what Holland called "fraudulent misrepresentation." NOOA representatives pushed back on Holland's claims both as to sums of money and his descriptions of their business dealings. But looking a ..read more
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Congress eyes creation of anti-fraud/cargo theft task force
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by Overdrive Staff
4d ago
Trucking news and briefs for Thursday, June 13, 2024: Homeland Security appropriations bill includes funding for anti-fraud/cargo theft task force The U.S. House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security that includes funding for a task force that would address supply chain fraud and cargo theft. A report on the details of the bill notes that the Appropriations Committee “remains concerned with the alarming rise in supply chain fraud and theft through interstate commerce, particularly in the rail, motor carrier, and intermodal systems ..read more
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Inspectors sideline 570 trucks during secret brake blitz | 916,000-lb. 'super load' to tie up traffic
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by Overdrive Staff
5d ago
Trucking news and briefs for Wednesday, June 12, 2024: 'Brake Safety Day' inspection blitz hit 5,000 vehicles all told, but date remains undisclosed Inspectors in 47 jurisdictions throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico conducted nearly 5,000 inspections in one day as part of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Brake Safety Day inspection and enforcement event. Each year, CVSA law enforcement jurisdictions are invited to participate in the one-day, unannounced brake-safety inspection initiative. On that day, CVSA-certified commercial motor vehicle inspectors conduct their routine roadside ..read more
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Keen fixed, variable cost understanding key to owner-operator success
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by Overdrive Staff
5d ago
Being able to survive and thrive as a business owner has as much to do with managing costs as it does with generating revenue. Like the chief financial officer of any company, you have to be concerned about rising costs, especially without increases in revenue. Trying to reduce costs, let alone make sense of them, can be a complicated task. Understanding basic principles of operating costs can save you thousands of dollars a year. A penny saved is $1,000 earned. The owner-operator who can save just one penny per mile over 100,000 miles driven annually will save $1,000 in a year. Costs are not ..read more
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NASTC co-founder Buster Anderson passes
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by Overdrive Staff
6d ago
Buster Anderson, the co-founder and executive vice president of the National Association of Small Trucking Companies, passed away Thursday, June 6.  Buster Anderson NASTC President David Owen expressed his sorrow for the loss of his friend of 39 years, dating back to 1985, when they first worked together at Comdata, as published in Anderson's obituary. "Words cannot possibly convey on paper the sadness and loss as we share the news of Buster Anderson’s untimely passing," Owen wrote. "His death followed an operation that would have extended his time with us and unfortunately, his weak ..read more
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Delivering our best to military families: A call for Congressional evaluation of military GHC program
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by Alix Miller
6d ago
In the heart of a neighborhood stands a cozy house where the walls have echoed with laughter, tears and the comforting hum of a tight-knit family. They are no ordinary family, however. They are bound by duty, navigating the currents of military life with resilience and grace. Their children were born into a world of constant change. Home was not defined by four walls but by the love of America and unity of their family. Every few years, their belongings are packed into cardboard boxes and taken away by strangers, as they bid fare ..read more
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FMCSA opens registration for virtual carrier safety rating listening sessions
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by Overdrive Staff
6d ago
Trucking news and briefs for Tuesday, June 11, 2024: FMCSA announces dates for virtual carrier safety rating sessions As reported last week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is planning to host both in-person and virtual listening sessions related to the agency’s efforts to revamp its carrier safety rating system. FMCSA announced June 6 that it will host an in-person meeting at the Texas Trucking Show on Saturday, June 29 from 1-2:30 p.m. Central. Registration with the Texas Trucking Show, which is free here, is required to attend FMCSA’s listening session. The agency also annou ..read more
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Chicago-area freight thief steals $9.5M in goods: Courts
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by Overdrive Staff
6d ago
Authorities on Friday indicted Aivaras Zigmantas, 39, a Lithuanian national, with more than $9.5 million in theft from diverted freight shipments, including liquor and copper metal.  In a tale that's become well worn in trucking circles, Zigmantas allegedly pulled off the thefts using fake names, fake carrier entities, and fake broker entities all registered to the FMCSA's admittedly outdated system. [Related: The criminal element lurking in FMCSA's outdated registration system] Zigmantas "used various aliases to falsely pose as a representative of real and fictitious carriers and broker ..read more
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Limited HOS waivers for Baltimore bridge collapse extended
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by Overdrive Staff
1w ago
Trucking news and briefs for Monday, June 10, 2024: FMCSA extends Baltimore bridge collapse emergency declaration The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is again extending its emergency declaration related to the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse in Baltimore. A state of emergency was declared in the aftermath of the collapse on March 26. On April 4, FMCSA issued an extension of the waiver through May 8 granting specific regulatory relief. On May 7, the agency extended the waiver for another month, through June 8. Now, FMCSA is once again extending the declaration through June 22. As ..read more
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Numerous recalls announced across major OEMs
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by Matt Cole
1w ago
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has announced a number of recalls affecting heavy-duty trucks across several OEMs for a variety of issues. The recalls are as follows: Daimler Trucks North America is recalling approximately 285 Western Star, Freightliner and Freightliner Custom Chassis (FCCC) trucks for an issue related to the wheel hub fasteners. Affected trucks include model year 2025 Western Star 47X, 49X and 57X; Freightliner 108SD, 114SD and Business Class M2; FCCC MC, MT45, MT45G, MT55, S2C 106, S2RV 106, XBS, XCM, XCP, XCR, XCS; and Thomas Built Buses Saf-T-Liner C2 tr ..read more
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