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E-log transition epilogue: Wes Memphis answers your questions

After Wes Memphis' final piece is his multipart narrative of the first couple of months following his fleet's transition to e-logs, a few questions came in specific to his operation. In this epilogue to his dispatches, Memphis takes a moment to answer a couple of them.

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Mailbag: ELD choice — ‘wait and see’ mode a hope for common sense?

Among other voices responding to recent ELD market, privacy reports: "Most experienced, knowledgeable professionals still hold out hope that some common sense will prevail in the government to recognize any positive impact on safety will not be due to the implementation of ELDs."...

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ELD Mandate, with equipment headaches, presents ‘tough call’ for one owner-operator

Weighing the costs of maintenance, truck purchase and operation in the face of the ELD mandate with one owner-operator.

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Audio mailbag: Broker freight transaction transparency rears its head amid rate doldrums

What exactly are those with the biggest stake in any freight movement getting today separated by middlemen? Not much, at too high a rate, one caller among others to the Overdrive Radio podcast line contends.

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Bad roads hasten one owner-operator’s retirement — and more infrastructure voices

What stretch of North American highway in your experience would warrant the nomination for the No. 1 'Worst Road' all around?

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Audio mailbag from the ‘driver wage shortage’

In this mailbag podcast, an owner-operator out of Charlotte, N.C., offered an addition to the "driver shortage" phrase that he -- along with many others -- feels might well clear things up a bit. He's not the first to say it, but it bears repeating.

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‘No surprise’: Voices following report on driver pay’s historic fall

Reader Thomas Lawson had this to say about news of a new analysis of driver wage growth -- lack thereof, in fact -- over the 35 years since 1980: "And this is a surprise to whom?"

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Tarping safety: ‘Don’t become a statistic this year’

"Be careful," notes owner-operator Pete Zimmer in this dispatch on tarping safety and the need for better safety practices at some load locations: "It's no secret that drivers are forced to tarp loads that are in unsafe conditions."

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The 34-hour restart’s complicated limbo

Here's the latest. Nothing about the 34-hour restart will change until FMCSA issues its certified report on its mandated comparative restart study. If the report says what many truckers have hoped, however, the restart could disappear entirely.

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Driver shortage: Readers weigh in on turnover, rates, pay, working conditions and more

What's your view? Respondents to recent polling expressed widely different views about a driver shortage. About half of readers consider it real, while the other half view it as myth or primarily a misnomer for other things, low pay chief among them.

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