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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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Pushing the limit: In-depth look at the arguments for and against DOT’s truck speed limiter mandate

Proponents’ key point is that capping truck speeds will reduce the number of truck-involved crashes. Opponents of the rule argue the opposite regarding safety, saying that the resulting speed differential between trucks and other vehicles would put all drivers at greater risk. More on both arguments here...

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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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Trucker appreciation promotions: Where drivers can find deals, acknowledgment during appreciation week

Here’s a look at some of the promotions and other efforts taking place during National Truck Driver Appreciation Week and the month of September.

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MCSAC policy panel’s long shift toward safety advocates

How it happened: When the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee began meeting in 2007, it had four members with direct involvement in trucking. Today, there are three direct trucking members. Over the same period, representatives of safety-advocacy groups more than doubled from two to five.

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The biggest little voice in trucking

How self-styled safety-advocacy groups won over the federal government, and some trucking interests themselves, to influence trucking regulation.

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Truck drivers to be honored Sept. 11-17

National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, spearheaded annually by the American Trucking Associations, will be held Sept. 11-17.

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Trucking orgs split on speed limiters

“Highways are safest when all vehicles travel at the same relative speed,” said OOIDA Executive Vice President Todd Spencer. “This wisdom has always been true and has not ever changed.” Other groups disagree.

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Slow freight causes driver turnover rate to tumble at large fleets

The annualized driver turnover rate at large truckload fleets fell to its lowest point since early 2011 in the second quarter of this year, according to the American Trucking Associations.

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Walmart driver named Grand Champion at trucking national championships

Charles “Mike” White, a driver for Walmart out of Nineveh, Ind., beat out more than 430 other truck drivers to earn the title of Grand Champion at the competition.

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