Cody Blankenship

Podcast: Entry level driver training conversations following rulemaking committee meeting

Will traditional training approaches survive the Entry Level Driver Training rulemaking? If statutory language is any indication, it's likely. Voices on training standards/practices in this podcast.

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The vape escape — Survey shows growing use among operators

More and more truckers are vaping to get away from tobacco’s dangers. It’s working for some, though it has drawbacks.

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Checking in with independent Cody Blankenship at GATS

Waco, Texas-based independent owner-operator Cody Blankenship brings the family to GATS -- what's he been up to lately? Update here...

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New Entrant test debated in initial regulatory session

Call 530-408-6423, 530-40-VOICE, to contribute thoughts on the New Entrant test rulemaking under way to an upcoming Overdrive podcast. Two more federal sessions, in March at MATS and April at CVSA, are planned.

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Be your own boss: 14 ‘do or die’ compliance duties

Failure to perform these 14 tasks will automatically fail you when the FMCSA comes calling for your New Entrant Safety Audit in the first 18 months you're in business.

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Be your own boss: The wonders and woes of getting your own authority

It can be a hard road, but with careful planning and a little luck, getting your own authority can be a plus for operational freedom and income.

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10,000th student for B.R.A.K.E.S.; Keeping up a classic 359

10,000 more teen drivers now have been trained on safety around big trucks. Also: Photos of one classic workhorse of a 359.

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Last haul from the Texas pea harvest: Unloading with Cody Blankenship

Photos and reporting from a Bells, Tenn., unload with Cody Blankenship, who sees parking availability as the biggest issue going, despite Jason's Law. Hours, e-logs compound the problem...

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Rate undercutting getting worse?

Independents are feeling the pinch in certain quarters -- some contend rate undercutting by other carriers without the business sense to make a healthy profit are a sizable part of the problem.

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Roundup: Return fire in owner-operator war, driverless trucks, truck-stop cuisine…

Independent rebuttal to prognosticators of insurmountable challenges of the owner-operator model; Driverless trucks: income opportunity?; Insurance: "we've got to stop this bill dead."

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