Podcasts

Cutting through the ‘autonomous’ hype with Bendix’s Fred Andersky

Listen in on Andersky's "Drivers and the Automated Future" tech talk at the Bendix booth at the Mid-American Trucking Show two weeks back -- likewise a talk on PM procedures for slack adjusters.

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Update on ELD fight and more with OOIDA’s Todd Spencer, small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold

In this Overdrive Radio podcast, hear just where OOIDA's ELD fight stands today, likewise take a run through a bevy of other issues, from hours possibilities inherent in the FMCSA's upcoming split-sleeper pilot test, the state of safety measurement, training and more.

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Rate Per Mile Masters founder Chad Boblett from MATS: How broker relationships saved him during recent downturn

Following the demand on the spot market is all well and good when times are high, but when the market shifts it's crucial to have solid broker relationships -- more from a talk with Rate Per Mile Masters owner-operator Chad Boblett. And an answer to the question: Does the autonomous trap work on trucks?

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Navigating the trucking ‘tech bubble’: FMCSA reps outline ELD requirements, operation, edits for drivers at MATS

Standing-room-only in the ELD seminar room at MATS -- hear the FMCSA's presentation on implementation of a rule that has spawned something of a "transportation tech bubble," clearly in evidence at the show.

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America’s Road Team captains to carrier recruiters: ‘Respect your drivers’

"Be honest with the driver. You won’t lost a driver any quicker than to tell him something and then he finds out 30 days later that it’s just not true." --Walmart driver Allen Boyd, to recruiting specialists at a recent panel discussion in Nashville.

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If it means more parking options, readers say, rest-area commercialization A-OK

In this mailbag podcast and other commentary, readers believed in large part that NATSO's concern over recent FHWA ideas for rest-area commercialization was misplaced, particularly if services allowed at state-facilitated rest areas are limited to an extent they aren't at truck stops.

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Mailbag: ‘Common sense, you’ve got it for a reason’ — Use your CB, already, readers say

And if you don't run with a CB, get one. Too many seem to think that the CB is little more than a "movie prop from a silly movie from the 1970s," as Kenneth Williams put it, echoing the sentiment of a bevy of drivers in response to Scott LeVan's anecdote about a deadly crash whose severity have been less had CBs been used effectively.

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Regs outlook: Change is in the air

Between hope and a hard place: The potential import for owner-operators of a new federal administration as regards ELDs, speed limiters, CARB's pursuit of an Ultra-Low NOx emissions standard and more, from Western States Trucking Association rep and former O/O Joe Rajkovacz at NASTC's annual meeting.

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Trump promises big on highway funding, could open door to more tolls and privatization

Trump said on the campaign trail he wants $1 trillion invested in U.S. infrastructure. Though he was mum on specifics, he did say he intends to incentivize private businesses to invest in infrastructure projects by offering them tax breaks. Such privatization of U.S. roads could lead to more tolls, says OOIDA's Todd Spencer. And: Readers react on regs promises.

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Kevin Rutherford’s case to brokers for stronger partnerships with owner-operators

Hear how Kevin Rutherford broke the ice with a roomful of brokers: "Many of my listeners think the majority of this room are lying, cheating scumbag parasites sitting in a room with a phone and an internet connection sucking all the profit out of the load."

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