Overdrive Staff

Capitol Christmas tree: Owner-operator talks 2,000-mile once-in-a-lifetime load

Owner-operator Elwood Higdem has the responsibility of piloting this year’s Capitol Christmas tree from its harvesting point in Minnesota across the country to D.C. — a gig he says “has been one of the best experiences of my life.”

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Western Star suspension option update

Neway ADZ Series drive axle suspensions by SAF-Holland are available as an option for Western Star 4800, 4900 and 6900 models.

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FMCSA to press states on CDL program compliance

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is seeking approval for an information collection request in which it plans to question states on their progress of complying with Congressionally required upkeep of CDL-issuing agencies.

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Con-way Truckload to boost military vet hiring

Con-way Truckload announced a partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program and its trucking industry technology partner, Fastport, to increase its number of veteran hires throughout 2015. “Partnering with Fastport and the Hiring Our Heroes program provides us with an avenue to help more veterans and their families find meaningful careers in an industry that needs them and values their experience,” said Joseph Dagnese, president of Joplin, Mo.-based Con-way Truckload. Today, about ...

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Bosch adds 74 new part numbers

Robert Bosch, a supplier of automotive parts to original equipment manufacturers and the aftermarket, announced 74 new part number releases. The new part numbers include brake pads and rotors, wiper blade sets, starters, alternators, oxygen sensors and electric water pumps.

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Veterans Day: A roundup of trucking industry salutes, happenings

As noted in another Veterans Day post on Overdrive — Patriotism and trucking go hand in hand. And as noted in a story on Overdrive sister site Truckers News, more than 20 million people who served in the U.S. military now work in the trucking industry in some capacity. Trucking industry trade groups and companies within the industry have announced either their appreciation to veterans and initiatives aimed at boosting veterans funds. Here’s a look at some of ...

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Former FMCSA head details status of e-log mandate, speed limiters, Safety Fitness

Former Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Administrator Annette Sandberg offered her take on the timeline for upcoming trucking rulemakings — mandates for speed limiters and electronic logging devices, establishing the drug and alcohol clearinghouse, implementing entry-level driver training requirements and more — last week.

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Military vet: ‘Patriotism and trucking go hand in hand’

Owner-operator Rob Ahlers is starting a trucking company with two fellow veterans. He submitted a tattoo to Overdrive's Show Us Your Ink, the text of which translates to "I am not led, I lead."

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Conspirator in FMCSA shutdown order violation case sentenced to probation

A Georgia man has been sentenced to a year of probation for conspiring to violate imminent hazard out-of-service orders (shutdown orders, essentially) issued by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

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Trucking leads the way in Capitol Christmas tree’s trek to D.C.

The U.S. Capitol Christmas tree began its annual trip to Washington, D.C., Oct. 30, when a 75-foot white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest in Minnesota was harvested and loaded onto the back of a Heil heavy duty trailer, as reported by Overdrive last month. A Kenworth T880 — complete with a special graphics package — is hauling the tree from Minnesota to its staging place in D.C. Kenworth says the T880 is its flagship heavy-haul vocational ...

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