advocacy

Don’t call me Shirley, Otto

Self-driving trucks? "My personal feeling is you 'Otto' run far and fast if you ever see one of these trucks on the road."

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‘The most important safety feature in any truck? The professional driver’

Jeff Clark's video message to the next president of the United States: Think outside of the box and reward companies that keep their drivers by treating them like the professionals they are.

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‘Be the change you want to see’

From the cab of Clifford "Dream Walker" Petersen on the state of the industry. Drivers have strength in numbers, and individual actions will go a long way toward improving conditions for owner-operators.

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Don’t ban me, bro

"The communities that choose the knee-jerk reaction of banning trucks aren't looking to solve problems, they're looking for a band-aid to slap on the gaping wound of parking and big truck issues."

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Paid parking pas de deux

"Even Dr. Phil knows there's two sides to a pancake, and looking at both of them is necessary to describe the pancake fully. You can't have a conversation without two sides."

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Getting involved gets easier

The act of casting a ballot is the easy part. Educating yourself on what's going on enough to be able to decide on how to vote, or how to influence your representatives to vote, is where the work comes in. And, yep, there's an app for that.

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Spreading the word

"If you ever want a great landmark for your garage sale, park a big truck in the driveway." Great for directions, and a fringe benefit: "It also provided an opportunity to engage and answer some questions about trucking."

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34-hour restart: Readers weigh in on options for its future

With the 34-hour restart remaining in complicated limbo, the results of the polling show that the largest share of Overdrive readers prefer the restart to, simply, remain as it is in the hours of service rules.

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Don’t freak out, man

If ELDs are to be mandated, more work needs to be done: "Maybe we shouldn't freak out, but we should definitely make our concerns loud and public during this two year transition period."

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Outreach to immigrant communities among truckers should be a top priority of owner-op organizations

Reader owner-operator Ernest Tufft believes better outreach could encourage better "expectations of wages and working conditions, as a way to stabilize the marketplace for workers like me."

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