Podcasts – Features

‘Way too much way too fast’: Truckers weigh in early on proposed speed limiter rule, other regs

Truckers responding to the DOT's proposed speed limiter mandate weighed in mostly against the rule, but some commenters came down in favor for a variety of speeds -- and others highlighted the strain every new regulation puts on independent business.

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Audio: OOIDA v. U.S. DOT — arguments delivered in court Tuesday

The electronic logging device mandate got its day in court Tuesday, September 13, in the Chicago-based 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. In this audio released via the court's website, you'll hear arguments from OOIDA and the U.S. Department of Transportation that will be familiar to regular readers, with some probing by appeals court justices.

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Mailbag: One operator’s ‘hairy’ trip speed-limited at 65, more views on limiter mandate proposal

In response to recent polling, the largest share of reader respondents object to any speed limiter mandate. A larger share of responses considered together, though, favor speed settings well above the speeds the DOT analyzed within the proposed rule's text. More voices on the proposed mandate in this podcast.

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Driver shortage alarm, redux: ‘Turnover is the real problem’

And for too long, the situation for many drivers has been one in which "the rewards don't match the requirements of the job," said ATBS' Richard DeForest at GATS. That won't change until freight rates are able to support a better annual income for the most important part of the supply chain -- the driver.

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Listen: The Trucker Talent Search all-stars, live from GATS

At the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas Saturday, Aug. 27, alumni of the Trucker Talent Search competitioncame together or a final-show-day performance. Songwriters Jason Lee Wilson, Bill Weaver, Keith Snyder, Paul Marhoefer and Will Perry all delivered performances.

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‘You don’t need to outrun the bear’: NASTC head Dave Owen’s case to small fleets for e-logs

NASTC's Dave Owen urges small fleets to use computer-assisted logs, "before they make you turn it into an ELD" by syncing with the engine, to do what they're designed to do as a "spellcheck for logs": solve the problem of form-and-manner mistakes represented in safety scores and stats.

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Prediction: Rates will jump with ELD transition

"We're going to have a truck shortage when this ELD rule gets put into effect," said ATBS' Todd Amen said during his Partners in Business GATS presentation. "Essentially it's like taking 200,000 to 300,000 trucks off the road." Here's how much he sees rates jumping.

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Live from GATS: ‘Stars, Stripes and White Lines’ — hear Tony Justice and his band

Live from the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, trucker and singer-songwriter Tony Justice delivered this amazing performance to drivers attending GATS. Hear the full audio here.

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‘Renegade’ country singer-songwriter Jayne Denham, live at GATS

Australian singer-songwriter Jayne Denham is on her first trip to the U.S., as Overdrive reported last month. Hear her live from the Great American Trucking Show here.

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Audio: Starting GATS off right — a little front-porch singalong with Tony Justice, Bill Weaver

The Great American Trucking is under way today, and I can't remember a better beginning to it for me than this treat, a Wednesday-night front-porch singalong with Tony Justice, Bill Weaver.

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