Episode 27: Possession With Intent to Deliver

AUGUST  29, 2018

This episode contains the audio from a Facebook Live chat I had with Jared Wall from AnarchoLand. Jared wrote a fascinating essay called Breaking Liberty. It is a libertarian treatment of the television show Breaking Bad. 

Any time I've heard the phrase "Possession with intent to deliver" I think, "That's exactly what I do for a living!" I possess a trailer filled with someone's products and I intend to deliver it. Obviously it isn't the transporting of products that is a problem. The problem is that some people somewhere decided that certain products are "illegal" and so anyone who is involved in the movement of these goods is now a "criminal." Jared and I have a fun discussion about the War on Drugs and its effects on society and human liberty. 

Posted on August 29, 2018 .

Episode 26: My Rights Expired, So I Bought Them Back

AUGUST 3, 2018

Every five years, I have to complete the ritual of buying back my rights to travel and enterprise from the Department of Motor Vehicles. In the two decades since I got my CDL, the process has become more burdensome and annoying. This is episode is about my latest experience with the Den of Iniquity, better known as the DMV.

Posted on August 3, 2018 .

Episode 25: Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should

AUGUST 2, 2018

Being an owner operator comes with a lot of freedom. That freedom comes with a lot of responsibility. We have many choices to make, and those decisions need to made with an attitude of service, respect, and courtesy. This episode is about making wise choices and knowing when to not say “No.” 

Posted on August 2, 2018 .

Episode 23: Doing What Is Right Instead of What Is Legal

MARCH 22, 2018

For decades, carriers and truck drivers what done what is right instead of what is legal. By that I mean that we have not followed the letter of the law when it came to getting goods delivered. Everyone cheated on their logs. EVERYONE! Now that the Electronic Log Mandate is in effect, we are forced to do what is "legal" instead of what it right, because "legal" and "moral" are rarely the same thing. In this episode, I talk about how this change has affected our ability to deliver goods on time and the changes it has made to the market. 

Posted on March 22, 2018 .

Episode 22: Perspective

JANUARY 28, 2018

In this episode I want to tell you about some lessons I've learned over the last ten months.

Also, I have a correction to make about my comments on the ELD mandate. 

FACEBOOK LIVE LINK

YOUTUBE LINK

Posted on January 28, 2018 .

Episode 21: Understanding The Blockchain with Special Guest Pete Emahiser

JANUARY 21, 2018

On this episode, I was joined by Pete Emahiser, Owner and Operator of Tadmore Transportation in Toledo, Ohio. Tadmore is #980 on this years INC 5000.  He is a member of BiTA, The Blockchain in Trucking Alliance, and a Charter Member of TransRisk. Tadmore is in the TOP 5% of Brokers rated by Credit Worthiness and the highest Rated Broker in at least 100 miles as per DAT Reviews. Pete is also a Moderator for the Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook Group, the largest Professional Trucking Group on Facebook.

We talk about what the blockchain is and how it can change how we do business in the trucking industry and the world. It was a really fun and interesting conversation, and I learned a lot. 

SHOW NOTES


Bitcoin.com White Paper by Satoshi Nakamoto that explains the origin of the Blockchain

BiTA Blockchain in Trucking Alliance 

Rate Per Mile Masters Facebook Group

Transparency 18 Industry Conference May 22-23, 2018 Atlanta, GA

Freightwaves.com

 

How the blockchain will radically transform the economy | Bettina Warburg

Facebook Live video of the show.

Posted on January 21, 2018 .

Episode 20: 2018 Preview

JANUARY 14, 2018

In this episode I get us ready for 2018. There are a lot of exciting things happening in the economy and especially as it pertains to trucking. 

 

SHOW NOTES:

I have a donate button set up on the website. You can donate using Paypal or a debit card here.

Posted on January 14, 2018 .

Episode 19: Port Truckers and Government Propaganda

JUNE 20, 2017

I came across a piece of garbage propaganda piece published recently in USA Today. It gives us the tales of woe of Port Truckers in LA and the lease agreements they are "forced" to operate under. But who is to blame? The drivers? The companies? I think someone is being left out of the equation. 

The article from USA Today can be found here

Posted on June 20, 2017 .

Episode 18: The ELD Mandate Is Happening

JUNE 13, 2017

The Supreme Court announced that they will not hear OOIDA's appeal to the ELD Mandate. This shouldn't be a surprise. The Federal Government ruled in favor of the Federal Government. You shouldn't be shocked that this has happened, yet many seem unable to grasp the concept that the Federal Government doesn't care about you. Let's talk about the real issue here, and it ISN'T the ELD. 

Posted on June 13, 2017 .

Episode 15: Electronic Logs Are NOT The Problem

MARCH 9, 2017

I'm back with an all new episode. It's time to address the real issue around our Hours of Service.

I think we've lost our minds. People seem to have lost all their good sense and ability to reason over this electronic log mandate. In this episode, I will tell you that we NEED the electronic log if we're going to be forced to operate under such an inefficient and archaic system. I've been using one for five years and you won't get it away from me.

Posted on March 9, 2017 .

Episode 14: Understanding Fuel Taxes

Fuel taxes are an important element of your profitability. It is very important to understand this issue so you won't end up losing money by buying fuel in the wrong states.

IFTA Website with State Fuel Tax Rates

An overview:

Before IFTA-

 

Fuel taxes were collected by individual states. Trucks had to have fuel tax permits in each state, many having to display plates on their trucks for each state. Fuel had to be purchased in each state to cover the amount owed for traveling through that state.

 

After IFTA-

 

When a truck purchases fuel in a state, the amount of tax charged per gallon is credited to other licensee’s account. When the IFTA return is prepared quarterly, the number of miles driven in the period is divided by the number of gallons purchased. This establishes the truck’s fuel mileage for the time period and is used to factor the tax owed based on the number of gallons burned in each state it was operated in.

 

It's about gallons, not miles.

 

Fuel taxes are one of the most misunderstood elements of operating a truck in North America. It is a rather simple formula, but can be confusing because all the states have different rates, which affects the pump price. The truck operator that correctly understands how to buy fuel in the most efficient way will see a significant difference in their operating costs.

 

Wholesale Cost-

 

It is most important to understand that the WHOLESALE cost is the only factor consider when buying fuel. The pump price is completely irrelevant. What is the wholesale cost and how is it determined? The wholesale cost is the price of the fuel minus the IFTA fuel tax rate for that state. If the price paid for the fuel is $2.00 per gallon, and the IFTA rate is $0.30, then the wholesale cost is $1.70. There are states with rates as low as $0.175 per gallon (New Jersey) and others with a rate as high as $0.64 (Pennsylvania). This means that if the pump price of fuel in NJ and PA is the same, then there will be a difference of $0.465 per gallon!

Posted on June 18, 2016 .

Episode 13: All About Landstar

With co-host Dan Babbit. I get a lot of questions about Landstar. Now that I've been here two years, I feel a lot more confident about answering them. There's also a lot of misinformation out there about Landstar that needs to addressed. Whether or not you lease to Landstar is your own decision. I just want to provide ACCURATE information so that you can make your best decision.

We discuss and describe the freight network at Landstar, how the billing and payment works, and the pro and cons (in our opinion) of being leased to Landstar versus another company or having your own authority.

One thing I always tell people is, "If you succeed at Landstar, it's your fault. If you fail at Landstar, it's your fault."

Episode 12: What You Need to Know About Buying a Truck

In this episode I talk about the most important things you need to know about buying a truck and becoming an owner/operator.

It's all about attitude. In order to succeed, you have to first have an attitude of service. You put others' needs ahead of your own. 

The Steve Harvey video I talked about where he says you need to jump in order to be successful.

Posted on February 11, 2016 and filed under trucking.

Episode 11: The Ups and Downs of Being an Owner Operator

With Co-host Dan Babbit

In this episode we discuss the last month of my life and why I haven't posted a new episode lately. I suffered a catastrophic engine failure 4 days before Christmas. We discuss the financial and mechanical details involved in dealing with an event like this. I also tell the amazing story of how we were able to obtain the funding to cover the cost of a $24,000 engine.

Episode 10: Big Trucks Cooking

Today I had the pleasure of interviewing Zola Sawdy, founder of the Facebook Group: Big Trucks Cooking. I've been wanting to do an episode on the lifestyle in the trucking industry and found Zola's group to be a perfect example of how drivers and their spouses are finding creative ways to save money and eat healthier inside their trucks. 

You can find the group here

Posted on October 28, 2015 .