voices

ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: Manufacture date or model year?

The short answer is that FMCSA intends to draw the line according to model year, not date of manufacture. The long answer is that mixing language on model year and date of manufacture only complicates things for operators, eventual enforcement...

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Outreach to immigrant communities among truckers should be a top priority of owner-op organizations

Reader owner-operator Ernest Tufft believes better outreach could encourage better "expectations of wages and working conditions, as a way to stabilize the marketplace for workers like me."

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Return safety to drivers’ control: Fix the 14-hour rule

Texas-based Gary Carlisle weighs in on what Overdrive readers have named among the most-needed hours revisions. Also: it's bankruptcies that will drive up rates, not wide ELD use itself.

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From troops to trucking: Former owner-operator’s intensive class for returning soldiers

"I am honored and humbled to be able to share my story as well as my knowledge and experience in the trucking industry with as many service members as I possibly can.” --Former owner-operator and Army Staff Sgt. W. Joel Baker

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‘Demand detention’ pay: Strong voices on compensation for waits

"Waiting over 6 hours to get loaded and then only getting 5 hours drive time ... Then you lose another day to get your next load, and $50 is not going to cover the lost time."

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Mailbag: ‘All about the money’? — Reader views on increasing truck weight

A sizable majority of Overdrive readers (64 percent) see negative primary consequences of any significant rise in interstate truck weight limits. Find a bevy of views in this mailbag podcast.

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Voices on NYT’s ‘Trucks are killing us’ column: Readers respond, ATA says column riddled with ‘falsehoods’

"Why waste print to tell so many lies, when you can actually help the issues that truly affect the entire line of all phases of transportation?" --Matt Whitelaw on the "Trucks Are Killing Us" op-ed

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ELDs and driver harrassment: Webinar upcoming; voices raised against the mandate

Details on a free Aug. 26 online seminar, plus more views on the ELD mandate following recent coverage. Many responses took a defiant or skeptical view of the mandate, reflecting recent polling showing 83 percent of readers opposed.

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Updated: Readers react to ‘Suicide by truck’ cover feature probing the on-highway unthinkable

Several Overdrive readers responded to the magazine's "Suicide by truck" feature with stories of their own. If you have one you want to share, feel free to use the comments under this post.

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Exemptions adding fuel to hours debate

Bob Hearns, among others, weighs in: "keep asking for those legitimate exemptions, and maybe the rule makers, who do not know the industry … might wake up and do not only the right thing, but the necessary thing."

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