Overdrive Staff

Charts: ‘Driver satisfaction’ unchanged, despite weather, regulatory changes

Despite severe winter weather and "renewed economic and regulatory pressures" on trucking, drivers were no more dissatisfied with their jobs in the winter of 2014 than they were two and a half years earlier, according to charts from Stay Metrics.

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Hours rule, CSA draw sharp criticism in House hearing, FMCSA head Ferro defends both

FMCSA head Anne Ferro defended in front of Congress last week her agency and two of its most criticized regulatory actions in recent years — the hours-of-service rule changes made in July of last year and the agency's CSA program.

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‘Most Beautiful’ winner speaks on the ‘beautiful women’ on the roads today

This open letter comes from Maggie Stone, named Overdrive's Most Beautiful in 2013. The current iteration of the contest is accepting nominations through March 20.

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Senate passes bill to exempt propane haulers from hours reg to May 31, bill goes to president

The Senate unanimously passed March 14 a bill that would extend hours-of-service waivers for propane haulers and home heating fuel haulers to March 31. The bill now goes to President Obama, where his signature would make it law.

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Overdrive’s CSA exposé wins a top journalism award

Overdrive won the Grand Neal Award for its series of stories and interactive website on the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

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Matty Marie: Farm equipment hauling 379

Strickland, who primarily hauls bins and farming equipment for the alfalfa seed industry, says he named his truck Matty Marie because "I name everything," he says.

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Questioning combustion: New engine designs question century-old engine concepts

Diesels engines modified to run on gasoline and a gasoline engine that doesn't use spark plugs to initiate combustion? Though these may sound far-fetched, they're two examples Overdrive Equipment Editor Jack Roberts notes in a blog post on innovative engine design on OD sister site CCJ.

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Crete raising pay 2c per mile for owner-ops, company drivers

Crete Carrier Corp. announced March 12 that it would be raising pay 2 cents a mile for all national over-the-road drivers and owner-operators. The pay raise applies to drivers at Crete Carrier, Shaffer Trucking and Hunt Transportation and will take effect April 1.

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Agency seeking New Entrant testing input at March 28, April 7 listening sessions

FMCSA will hear input from industry stakeholders and other public comment in the second and third listening sessions held March 28 and April 7 to aid the agency in its creation of the New Entrant testing rule mandated by MAP-21.

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ISX12 to join offerings in Cummins, Eaton powertrain partnership

The Cummins ISX12 will soon be available in the SmartAdvantage powertrain partnership between Cummins and Eaton, the two companies announced this week at the American Trucking Associations' annual Technology & Maintenance Council.

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