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Listen: Trucker Talent winner Jason Lee Wilson talks Dallas jam session

2016 Trucker Talent Search winner Jason Lee Wilson appeared on Eric Harley's Red-Eye Radio show Monday. The duo talked last year's contest, Jason's Axle Out Pro-produced music video, the friendships he's built with the other Talent finalists and more. Overdrive and Red-Eye Radio are accepting nominations for this year's contest.

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Trump proposes tax cut for owner-operator businesses

It’s unclear how many single-truck owner-operator businesses would be affected by the tax cut, as many owner-operators already are in or below the 15 percent bracket.

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Trucking groups take ELD fight directly to DOT boss

With time waning on the issue, OOIDA still hopes to convince the courts or regulators to kill the U.S. DOT’s electronic logging device mandate before the Dec. 18 deadline for compliance. One of its most recent tactics has sparked a competition for the attention of the head of the DOT herself, Secretary Elaine Chao.

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Toyota to test hydrogen-powered big rig at LA ports this summer

It’s powered by two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12kWh battery, giving the drayage truck more than 200 miles per fill under normal operation, the company says. The rig, based on a Kenworth T660, can haul loads up to 80,000 pounds, Toyota says.

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Analyst: Swift-Knight merger will have little effect on driver force, operations

The merger of two of the continent's largest and most prominent trucking companies, Swift Transportation and Knight Transportation, won't impact the jobs of the nearly 30,000 combined drivers employed by the two companies, a transportation financial analyst told Overdrive last week.

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Texas to require intrastate drivers to use ELDs by 2019, other states to follow

Texas has updated its hours of service code to require intrastate truckers to use electronic logging devices to record duty status. Truck operators in the state must begin using the devices by Dec. 19, 2019. Though Texas appears to be the first state to issue an ELD requirement for intrastate truckers, other states will likely soon follow.

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OOIDA takes ELD case to the Supreme Court

OOIDA, whose legal team is representing independent truckers Richard Pingel and Mark Elrod in the case, has asked the nation’s high court to reevaluate a lower court ruling issued in October that upheld the U.S. DOT’s rule to require truckers to use logging devices to track hours of service.

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TCA to Congress: Keep 80,000-pound truck-weight limit in place

Those in favor of the legislation, such as Rep. Reid Ribble (R-Wis.), say increasing maximum weight limits in the U.S. would boost highway safety, reduce congestion and increase trucking’s efficiency. TCA, however, says the limit is unnecessary and would force carriers into expensive retrofits.

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Owner-operator analyst on 2017: ELD rate boost still looms, income to be ‘flat to up’

ATBS' Todd Amen predicts ELD implementation will spur rate growth until about mid-2018. Rates could grow by as much as 10 percent in that time, he said. Income for owner-operators in 2016 dipped slightly from 2015. Amen said he expects owner-operator income in 2017 to be “flat to up,” he said, “but better than some expect.”

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Supreme Court defers to lower court ruling on carrier’s requirement for apnea screening

Given the ruling, carriers could institute similar sleep apnea screening policies. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Medical Review Board last year recommended the agency adopt a rule requiring drivers with BMIs of 33 and higher, and who meet other criteria, be flagged for automatic apnea testing.

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