September 2013

Overdrive Magazine | Trucking Business News & Owner Operator Info

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VOICES SHARING KNOWLEDGE What advice would you give a new owner-operator? S ucceeding as an owner-operator requires a basic mastery of equipment and business fundamentals. In addition to the tips from these three owneroperators, check OverdriveOnline.com/ SharingKnowledge for more reader advice. " Do all your pre-trip inspections. Fix what is broken. Remember that other drivers are not professional drivers like you. " Leshinky David Company driver, Charter " Managing decisions on the road like rest and drive times is the key. Remember it's not one shot this time but many trips ahead for which you have to remain alert and fit. " Mohammed Syed Husain Company driver, Everest Transportation Inc. Voices: Sharing Knowledge brought to you by: SEPTEMBER JACKET WINNER What's your best practice for staying physically or mentally fit on the road? Submit your idea at OverdriveOnline.com/Sharing Knowledge. You could receive a Mobil Delvac jacket for participating. " Never quit learning. Listen to the ones who have the least to say. Usually when advice is given, the person doesn't have you and your ways in mind. Save all you can get your hands on, and don't forget to tip your waitress. " Rick Woodcox Technician/mechanic, Rick's Tire Maintenance OVERTIME PAY ISSUE SPREADS BEYOND TRUCKING I've written about the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938's exemption of company drivers from overtime pay and the reasons it was put into place. It was argued that it was impossible to prove the total hours worked by drivers far from home, hence an hourly pay system wouldn't work well. Paying overtime not only would be hard to compute but also would discourage prompt deliveries. The 1930s were a long time ago. Some in the industry feel that the in-process mandate for electronic onboard recorders negates the need for the FLSA exemption. Workers in other industries also are up in arms about their own exemption from the possibility of overtime pay. California domestic workers – in the same class of exemption as drivers under the FLSA, with no right Visit Senior Editor Todd Dills' CHANNEL 19 BLOG at OverdriveOnline.com/channel19 to overtime – recently have backed a state bill that would legislate overtime benefits for them. In turn, Hawaii on July 1 became the second state, following New York, to offer in-house domestics wage protections under state law, underscoring a state-bystate approach to the issue. For further discussion of the issue and to tell us where you stand, see the July 11 post on the Channel 19 blog. Write him at tdills@randallreilly.com. 6 | Overdrive | September 2013 Voices_0913.indd 6 8/27/13 8:56 PM

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