Oklahoma

FMCSA relaxes rules for relief haulers to Oklahoma

Darrell L. Ruban, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Field Administrator, declared a regional emergency as of 10 a.m. EDT, May 21, 2013, for the state of Oklahoma following the May 20 tornado that cut a wide swath of destruction through the town of Moore and surrounding areas. The declaration provides broad regulatory exemptions to CFR Parts 390-399 for truck carriers and operators providing emergency relief materials and services to Oklahoma customers. Drivers for motor carriers operating ...

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Hours recap: New regs bringing old practice to the fore?; OK tornado intel

More and more under new hours rules, drivers and owner-operators are expecting a turn away from the restart and back to the recap. You? Also: A brief update on OK tornado relief expectations.

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Mastodon in an OK Turnpike pothole

"There are potholes in Oklahoma with potholes inside of them, and inside of the inside potholes are tiny villages, where they grow maize and build sun temples."

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A trucking-music blast from the past

"Magic Lady" Genie Mack Brown of Prague, Okla., has reissued her 1980 trucking-music record, propelled by the 1979 independent truckers' shutdown, after which she also became an owner-operator.

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Monday round-up: Twisted traffic light, missing person, CSA No. 1 concern

Imagine pulling up to a 75-signal traffic light -- would you ignore it? And: CSA is increasingly under fire from the industry, more on a missing Oklahoma teenager.

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Geriatric infrastructure showing its age

I had to drive down my least favorite road today. It’s an old country two-lane, paved and repaired, with a strip of fresh asphalt lapping over old. It’s a bitch and a half to navigate, if you have both tires on the new pavement, you’re whacking weeds on the side of the road. If you ride with one tire on the old road and one on the new, you’re a mosquito hair from crossing center. ...

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Love’s unveils cardless fueling

Love’s Travel Stops launched radio-frequency identification (RFID) cardless fueling technology and Comdata’s financial processing software at their Pauls Valley, Okla., location. The company plans to continue to roll out the RFID software at all travel stop locations by the end of September. More than 100 of Love’s locations will have cardless fueling available for professional drivers by the end of August. RFID automates the fueling process with the use of low-cost RFID tags in professional driver’s vehicles. ...

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Love’s to open 10 natural gas fueling stations in Oklahoma

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores announced a schedule of grand opening events for six of 10 publicly accessible compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling stations in Oklahoma. Love’s will now offer CNG in Altus, Chickasha, Guthrie, Lawton, Norman and Oklahoma City. Love’s plans to open four additional CNG fueling stations in Pauls Valley, Okemah and Guymon, as well as a second in Oklahoma City, later this year. The schedule will be: May ...

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Evel Knievel’s driver and the 1973 Overdrive interview

Unearthing the history behind Evel Knievel's 1970s touring operation with former driver Mike Draper. Bonus: Videos of the old Mack haul rig, currently undergoing restoration.

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Trucking continues coming to Joplin aid

The stories about relief efforts in Joplin keep coming in. Before I get to a couple more, I thought I'd take a moment to note that I will be out of the office through June 7, though Channel 19 will continue to bring all manner of side routes and byways into the industry in my time away. Definitely keep ears on Monday for an awesome Memorial Day dispatch by Overdrive managing editor Lucinda Coulter. (If ...

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