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Posted:  2 days, 10 hours ago

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Do owners get drug tested?

Yes you would.

Posted:  3 days, 6 hours ago

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Owner operator question.

Hi Franz

First of all Franz, you've been driving for 21 years. If you do not have savings in the 6 digits and the first digit should not be a 1. If you don't have the savings with no debt whatsoever, then the conversation is over.

O/o's generally trade money for freedom. For example i haven't worked in almost a month because it's the summer and it's too hot for my liking. In the winter i run southern states to stay away from the weather and if i don't find freight for a couple days, i'll go to the nearest beach. In exchange, i have the stress of five people's jobs.

Last year if you deduct the top three expenses of fuel, insurance, and maintenance, i made .80/mi. If money is your motivation and you're looking for greener pastures as an o/o, i can tell you that it's not there.

Posted:  1 week, 2 days ago

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Refinancing a leased company truck- when, where, how?

If it's a zero down lease, why do you need a loan?

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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1099 companies

Hi Garrett,

There is a right way and a wrong way 1099 companies are run. If your going to work as an independent contractor you need to have some kind of risk. What i mean is you need to own or be leasing the truck, paying for fuel, paying for repairs...something. The reason is because of taxes. Your going to be making estimated quarterly tax payments and if you don't know what you're doing your going to end up with a 5 figure tax bill come end of the year. I don't want to get too much into it, but the reason you need some kind of risk is because of write offs, which saves you a ton on taxes.

If your just jumping into a truck that the company pays for, you don't pay for fuel, all you do is drive the truck then the company is basically paying you employee wages while not giving you employee benefits, it's just that simple.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Unusual load to a hotel coming up, no dock, small parking lot?

You should have a point of contact. I'd call them before hand before going there. Sometimes those crews are on a schedule and only want you there at a certain time.

Posted:  1 week, 6 days ago

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TL vs. LTL

Good day friends,

I'm an o/o who works on the spot market. Most of my loads come from the big companies, the Walmart's, Sam's clubs, target's. Places that have multiple loads a day.

To the ltl people, who are normally your customers? Smaller places that don't need 53 feet of capacity? Or are your customers big places. Do you pick up 2 to 3 trailers and drop them in different yards? I'm very green when it comes to ltl. Thank you in advance.

Posted:  1 month ago

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HOS Rules; New 8/2 or 7/3 Split

Hi donna,

There's only two ways (unless i'm wrong) you will get 5:30 back after 7 hours in sleeper as long as your not driving on your 14. Conventionally, you take a 10 hour break to reset your clocks, drive 5:30, take a 7 hour break in sleeper and have 5:30 left to drive.

Or, you drove less than 5:30, took a 3 hour break, then drove 5:30, then took a 7 hour break in sleeper. After the 7 hour break in sleeper you'd have 5:30 left to drive.

You'll need to look at what your last break was before your 7 hour sleeper break.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Do shifted loads show up on DAC?

Things that are put on your DAC report are put there by employers. You can ask your employer or look get a copy of your report. It's run by a company called Hireright.

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HOS Rules; New 8/2 or 7/3 Split

Thanks for the post Brody, i haven't really put much thought into the new split break rules. I think your saying that if you take a 2 hour break first and you want to extend your 14 hour clock, your next break has to include an 8 hour break in sleeper even if it is a 10 hour break.

However, i'm not sure that's a violation per se. You can always switch time from off duty to sleeper vice versa. So, even if you accidently take a 10 hour break in off duty, you'd just split the time up. Sometimes i take a 9 hour break off duty, and i'm ready to go, so i change that time to 8 hours of sleeper to get time back and go.

Personally, i don't like the fact that you can extend your driving time because i think it's making people drive even more than they should, but that's just my opinion.

Posted:  1 month, 1 week ago

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Owner not operator: a successful business?

Hi Paul,

The good news is what you want to do is doable. There are some people that have their own authority, sit at home and lease people on and dispatch loads and never leave the house.

The bad news is these people are veterans of the industry, have years and years of experience both as a driver and in business because it is a complicated industry.

If this your goal, I would say it's probably a 5-7 year learning curve with starting as a company driver and after 4-5 years transitioning into being an o/o.

It's very hard to find what your looking for except for doing it first hand, unfortunately.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Funny thing happened

You handled that way more professionally than I would have. If I have any problems with drivers I simply ask them if they run under their own authority. If not, I pull up their dot number and call their safety, if so, I tell them to pound sand.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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How safe is it to stop in Laredo, TX?

The only way you'll find trouble in Laredo is if you go out looking for it. Border patrol does a good job keeping the riff raff out.

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Questions on the HOS split

You are correct, to get your FULL 10/14 you must do a 10 hour break.

You can also keep splitting your break 8/2/8/2/8/2, or 7/3/7/3/7/3 and everytime you take a break, you are essentially getting the difference of what you used up of your 11 clock between each split, if that makes sense. So you did a 7/3, then you took a 7 hour break which will give you time back on your clock.

The violation, i would be surprised if your logs dept would know, or the FMCSA for that matter. The rules imo have gone through so many changes recently even the people that made them probably don't know what's going on.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Advice please

Hi Longday,

Without getting into too many details the difference between a w2 and a 1099 is how you are classified. W2 is an employee, 1099 is an independent contractor. With a w2 the employer is required to provide certain benefits to their employees. With a 1099 the independent contractor must get their own if they want it. Taxes are also wildly different with the two classifications. Yes, it is a VERY big deal if you get into a 1099 contract without knowing how it works.

Working as a 1099 is fine as long as it's done correctly, but it's since devolved into a predatory practice by many companies, trucking or not. California just passed a law called AB5 that makes it illegal to have anybody drive without having their own authority. Now, the rest of the nation is looking to adapt AB5.

You should never be a 1099 without having some kind of ownership of the equipment.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Please help me decide between 2 companies

This is my opinion, but to me both of these don't sound particularly great.

First, ask if any of these are paid 1099. If so, then immediately it's a terrible deal. I'd think any of the mega carriers can beat the rate that these places are giving you. The mega's doing otr are up to like .60/mi. The accessorial pay to me is low. Personally when i see a bunch of accessorial stuff it's smoke and mirrors but that's just me.

Good luck.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Who pays Motor Carriers insurance down payment when leased on

Hi Laura,

Not sure what the case is with your specific carrier, but when a carrier gets insurance they have to pay like 20% (don't quote me on the exact percentage) upfront. In my case, my annual insurance premium is $8272, which i have to pay $2558 of that in the first month. In exchange, i only have 9 months of payments. You can think of it as paying the last 3 months up front so you don't have to pay for the last 3 months. This obviously is so they can make more money even if you quit half way through the year. If that makes sense.

I've never changed companies half way through the year because it gets complicated with prorate and a new down payment so you may have to just ask your carrier for the numbers.

Hope this helps.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Log question

Hi John,

Electronic logs are VERY hard to alter because they are tied into the vehicle's computer. Once any time is logged on the drive line, that time can not be taken off. Penalties for falsifying logs are very severe.

What you need to be doing in training is asking how he's getting you more drive time because when your out on the road by yourself you'll be looking for any available time to drive. I know it may sound like you shouldn't be altering your logs at all, but the reality of it is the rules have been set by the government and anything they let you change is legal for instance putting sleeper time on to the off duty line.

Learn what you can and can't do with the logs and don't be so combative.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Is this how pto normally works?

Please tell me how it feels to have your time off paid.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Refusing delivery

Hi Dan,

My advice to you is to work it out with your company as best as you can and try to do what they ask for before leaving. Don't just abandon the load, don't just park the truck and leave, if at all possible.

Reason being is that these companies have ways to report you to a number of places that may make getting jobs harder in the future such as your dac report.

Good luck.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Nation catching on to consequences of truck driver shortage

During blitz week a lot of drivers stay home and the rates go through the roof. I've always run during blitz week and I love it.

Yesterday I got 12 emails from landstar needing trucks. They usually send one or two when it's busy. Going to look at prices on a newer truck this weekend. The 5 yr depreciation is almost up on my current one. Be safe everyone.

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