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Out now: ‘The Bison & the Butterfly’ — rollicking sequel to former owner-operator Fred Afflerbach’s ‘Roll On’ novel

A road novel of the classic sort, the new book builds on the foundations laid by its predecessor -- Afflerbach's empathic, often hilarious, moving depiction of two generations of men coming back together through lived experience after separation and loss is a master turn in the literary arts.

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A night in jail on account of an unloaded pistol in the truck

Fred Afflerbach recalls the state of Massachusetts' treatment of carrying out-of-state firearms round about 1980 -- and more voices on issues of parking and personal protection on the road.

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Negotiating the brokerage contract: Back solicitation, detention and more

Leander Richmond of Mich.-based eight-truck Eagle Express Inc. learned the hard way of one broker's no-detention-pay standard policy at first-come first-served shipper/receiver facilities -- likewise the "insulting" offer when he objected.

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North Dakota contemplating 80-mph speed limit

How fast is fast enough? Revisiting the question in light of a potential boost in speed limits to 80 mph in North Dakota, and more on Trump's two-for-one out/in regulatory order ...

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‘When a truck was a truck…’

Steve Hearne's grandfather's old Ford AA "had a hand throttle like a tractor, and another lever on the column to retard the timing for hand starting." Hearne, who still lives on a portion of his family's old 120-acre farm in Vermont, remembers the unit well...

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Dry bulk for the long haul: Reserves staff sergeant John Moore and his leased operation

Until the last year, John Moore had been leased to Landstar, and his decision to come back to Oakley Transportation to pull a hopper had as much to with where home was as profitability. In this case, the two went hand in hand,

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Foiling the truck-hackers, ELD edition: Vigilance needed from all quarters of the industry

Might the future bring malicious programming attacks on the electronic systems controlling vehicles? Cybersecurity researchers have shown it's possible, but no actual hack has been documented. One operator's story of ELD/ECM malfunction, however, raises question the industry needs to continue to ask.

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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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Former operator James Brotz and the Super-Air on-board tire-inflation system

Former driver James Brotz details the Super-Air on-board tire inflation system, detailing efficacy in improving tire life and avoiding road calls for flats. Do you have experience with such a system? There are several on the market today.

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The ELD mandate and the House Freedom Caucus

OOIDA urging members to engage caucus members on ELDs. And a question: What's your view of the ELD mandate today?

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