Podcasts – Features

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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‘Keep fighting’: One reader’s reaction to the 7th circuit’s ELD decision

In this Overdrive Radio 'mailbag' series podcast, more than one trucker strikes a defiant yet hopeful tone in response to yesterday's Halloween decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the FMCSA's ELD mandate final rule.

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Podcast: Paul Marhoefer’s ‘Old Black Epiphone’ record — stories behind the songs

Moeller Trucking driver and songwriter Paul Marhoefer's master stroke on the new "Old Black Epiphone" record -- sample songs and the stories behind them via this latest Overdrive Radio podcast interview.

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ELD mandate: Small fleet owner urges Congress to reconsider, more voices on the mandate

"It’s high time for our government officials to start using some common sense by listening to the voices of experience who know what they are talking about. It’s time to reconsider this mandate to the benefit of all." --Z-Tranz small fleet owner David Morin, based in Morganton, N.C. BONUS; New mailbag podcast on the mandate.

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Special Olympics convoy: Joplin shatters truck-number record, raises $100,000-plus

Convoy footage, participants' choice Best of Show winners, 4 States' annual Larry H. Martin award presentation to a driver who is trucking "to the core," and more from this weekend's Guilty by Association Truck Show in Joplin.

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‘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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