FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT: ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL?

football-trucking-familyWell, Steve Rochelle is…who is not pictured above by the way.  Steve is an independent contractor who owns his own truck and schedules his work to coincide with his sons’ college football games.  He has two sons. Matt played starting offensive tackle for the Air Force, and Isaac plays defensive lineman for Notre Dame.

Steve has traveled the country delivering goods and watching is boys play.  He even made it to two bowl games last season.  Air Force v Cal in the Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, TX on December 29th and Notre Dame v Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl in Glendale, AZ on January 1st, all while delivering a load of chicken meal to Nestle Purina’s dog food plant in Flagstaff, AZ.

Now, that is a savvy independent contractor and a great dad!

As we kick off National Driver Appreciate Week, we want to recognize Steve, Devine’s drivers and all the hardworking men and women out there. Thank you for all you do to keep our economy going and roadways safe.

Highlighting the Entreprenuerial Spirit of the Owner-Operator

John Husing, veteran supply chain economist, released the results of a study indicating California’s independent truck drivers earn 29% more than their employee driver counterparts. Read the full study here.  This study highlights the importance of being inclusive.  There is enough room in the trucking industry for both owner-operators and employee drivers and enough room for both segments to be successful.  Devine, and many other companies, started with one driver, one enterprising individual, one entrepreneur, who saw trucking as a way to build a future.  It is important to keep this spirit alive and thriving.

FROM THE DRIVER’S SEAT

CHASSIS INSPECTIONS

 11As part of the newly signed contract between the PMA and ILWU, longshore labor now has jurisdiction to inspect all ocean carrier and leasing company owned chassis prior to exiting the marine terminals. Chassis will go through roadability, how and what that entails is not yet standardized. However, if a defect in a chassis is discovered, the driver will be held to repair or told to have the container removed from the chassis and start over with another chassis.

 As far as motor carrier owned chassis, upon request, drivers will have to provide proof of ownership.