We have a fairly large private trucking company, employing owner-operators. We train them, and maintain operational control, specifying routes the routes they must use. We require certain equipment installation. Our contracts specify the owner-operator is an independent contractor. Are we correct in not treating our drivers as employees?
Private Trucking Fleets
News & Analysis
03 Feb 2016
Lower fuel prices and a softening used truck market constrained fourth-quarter revenue growth at Ryder System, but demand for Ryder’s fleet and supply chain services remained strong.
14 Jan 2016
An analysis of federal data by the American Trucking Associations shows the truck-related fatality rate dropped in 2014 for the second straight year, and is 40 percent lower than it was a decade ago, despite increased travel by truckers and motorists on U.S. highways.
27 Aug 2015
The brewer of Budweiser is greening its St. Louis-based truck fleet, replacing diesel models with CNG-powered tractors that will haul 31 million cases of beer this fall. The fleet conversion is part of a long-term plan to cut logistics-related carbon emissions 15 percent by 2017.
26 Jun 2015
Trucking executives plan to invest more capital in trucks and to hire more workers over the next 12 months, a sign of their confidence in the economy and good news for shippers concerned about the availability of truck capacity in the year ahead.
09 Jun 2015
A surge in hiring and job openings at transportation and warehousing companies in April indicates logistics businesses are preparing for a stronger, if not stellar, second quarter and second half.
03 Jun 2015
PeopleNet, a trucking technology company owned by $2.4 billion Trimble, last week purchased Cadec Global, a pioneer in fleet management technology. The acquisition underscores growing demand for end-to-end mobile computing networks among shippers and transport operators.
18 May 2015
The number of heavy truck drivers in the U.S. rose more quickly last year, breaking past 1.6 million for the first time since 2008, as higher pay and strong freight demand attracted recruits. Demand still reportedly outstrips the number of drivers, however, which is lower than in any year from 2005-2008.
11 May 2015
The total revenue of U.S. trucking operators, for-hire and private, broke higher than $700 billion for the first time last year, as a stronger economy generated freight and supported higher truck pricing.
24 Feb 2015
Don't be fooled by a seasonal drop in net trailer orders in January — a stronger economy and changing equipment strategies are contributing to a "vibrant" trailer market in the U.S., as FTR sales data show.