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Berlin/Nice-style terrorist attack likely in U.S., readers say

8 in 10 Overdrive readers believe such an attack is at least somewhat likely, lending new importance to personal security/safety measures on the road.

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8 in 10 readers view behind-the-wheel minimum hours crucial for training rule

Recent Overdrive polling makes clear: Most owner-operators believe the 30 hours originally proposed for, though not included in, FMCSA's final training is insufficient as a minimum, and overall 78 percent believe a minimum of 30 or more is necessary.

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Mailbag: ‘Common sense, you’ve got it for a reason’ — Use your CB, already, readers say

And if you don't run with a CB, get one. Too many seem to think that the CB is little more than a "movie prop from a silly movie from the 1970s," as Kenneth Williams put it, echoing the sentiment of a bevy of drivers in response to Scott LeVan's anecdote about a deadly crash whose severity have been less had CBs been used effectively.

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Readers debate viability of pre-2000 model year approach to avoiding ELD mandate

At the center of the commentary, pushback on the notion that near-20-year-old equipment could be considered reliable enough to deliver suitable profitability. As one commenter noted, telling his story, an owner-operator might do well "to have two -- one to run, and one for a spare. And one for parts if you can store it.""

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Push back

Wendy on the importance of individual advocacy efforts: "I hear so many people say, 'You can't change things, no one listens, I'm just going to complain on Facebook and waste valuable time I could be calling my Representative with and eat worms.'" ...

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New priorities for a new DOT secretary?: Take two

A bevy of reader voices raised in response to the question: "What would be your message to Trump's incoming DOT leader?" Issues of regulation (the ELD mandate chief among them), parking/infrastructure and driver pay loomed largest.

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‘Please Trump don’t let us down’: Truckers sound hopeful but wary in reaction to election victory

Views on Trump's win were cautiously optimistic when came to potential easing of regulatory burden and the economy, more wary on road privatization and tolls. Conciliatory notes stressed the country's direction "isn't just up to Trump. We all have a hand in it."

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‘Keep fighting’: One reader’s reaction to the 7th circuit’s ELD decision

In this Overdrive Radio 'mailbag' series podcast, more than one trucker strikes a defiant yet hopeful tone in response to yesterday's Halloween decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the FMCSA's ELD mandate final rule.

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Truckers with high BMI would be forced into apnea screening under FMCSA committee recommendations, drivers respond

The committees recommend FMCSA require certain truckers to be screened for sleep apnea based on their BMI and other risk factors. Truckers with a BMI of 33 or higher would also be subject to screening if they meet three other qualifiers, a list that includes being male and being older than 42 -- a large demographic among truckers.

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ELD mandate: Small fleet owner urges Congress to reconsider, more voices on the mandate

"It’s high time for our government officials to start using some common sense by listening to the voices of experience who know what they are talking about. It’s time to reconsider this mandate to the benefit of all." --Z-Tranz small fleet owner David Morin, based in Morganton, N.C. BONUS; New mailbag podcast on the mandate.

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