Overdrive Staff

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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Cat Scale app available for iPhone, iPad

Cat Scale Co. announced that its Weigh My Truck application now is available for iPhone and iPad. The app is designed to allow drivers to weigh their truck, pay for the transaction via PayPal and get the weights displayed on their smartphone without leaving the cab. The app also will e-mail a PDF copy scale ticket or weight information text file to up to five email addresses the driver specifies. If a driver needs a hard-copy ...

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Attitude the key to roadside inspections, says CVSA head, who pushes inspections’ effectiveness

Clean roadside inspections and overall safety success depend on good company culture, says CVSA head Stephen Keppler. The average amount of downtime for a truck placed out of service in a roadside inspection is 8.5 hours, Keppler said, which can have a “significant impact” on a trucking business.

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TW Transport boosts driver pay

TW Transport of Spokane, Wash., increased pay for solo drivers to 40 cents per mile and team drivers to 50 cents per mile. These changes come in addition to a $1,500 sign-on bonus for solo drivers and a $3,000 sign-on bonus for teams. "The transportation industry has seen many changes throughout the years, but pay has always been 'the bottom line,’ " says James Eckhardt, operations manager. “Drivers want to take home a stable paycheck and ...

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E-log software, hardware alliance

The BigRoad provider of logbook apps and other software and NexLink Communications, a distributor of wireless devices, are teaming up to launch the "Open Truck Alliance."

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9 items struggling owner-operators usually don’t have

After working with owner-operators for the last 37 years, I’ve concluded there are nine items that struggling owner-ops usually are missing. Here they are.

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Grote donates $25,000 for aftermarket training

Grote Industries, a manufacturer and supplier of lighting products for commercial, military and specialized vehicles, made a $25,000 donation to the University of the Aftermarket Foundation’s scholarship fund to be used to train new aftermarket personnel, including technicians. Since 1986, the University of the Aftermarket Foundation is one of several organizations that have funded millions of dollars in scholarships, grants, research and ongoing educational programs to help strengthen the aftermarket workforce.

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