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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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Scott LeVan’s radio warning to drivers ahead of deadly EB I-80 crash went unanswered

Driver LeVan used his CB to broadcast several warnings to EB drivers to spread out, impending a traffic back-up ahead, before a later crash that killed two truckers in Pennsylvania. Yet another reason to keep the radio on.

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Owner-operators trend optimistic about business in 2017

We can take the optimism expressed in these results with a crunchy-good grain of road salt or sand, but for the first time in the few years, a majority of owner-operators think this coming year will be better than the last. Recent indicators agree...

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It’s complicated: Channel 19 year in review, part 3

Part 3 in this year in review, in which the "real Leroy Mercer" reared his head (sort of -- yeah, it's complicated), and Elves Trucking's time-card hours compliance strategy didn't look well in light of compliance-review waterboardings, and ...

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A little learnin’ and its opposite: Channel 19 year in review, part 2

Part 2 in this year in review picks up with Wes Memphis' transition to e-logs and plenty "unlearning" to be done ...

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Minute to midnight: Clock running out for speed limiters’ first public comment

"It is obvious to me that the majority of drivers use the speed limiter setting to determine their minimum driving speed," not the maximum. --Owner-operator Gary Buchs in his comment to the speed-limiter rule proposal docket, which closes Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m -- late Wednesday night.

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TruckersFinalMile.org and driver-songwriters raising funds to help deliver driver back home

Brotherhood of the highway: Part of the goal of an ongoing collaborative auction among four driver-songwriters intended to benefit the worthy TruckersFinalMile.org organization, after a fellow hauler passed in Gallup, N.M.

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