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Voices on ELDs, hours, pay as grassroots efforts begin to bear fruit

As news out of Congress shows some of the results of anti-ELD mandate forces speaking out, this voices round-up brings commentary under Max Heine's July "Pulse" column on what one reader dubbed "the real problem" at the root of ELD issues, hours. Not everyone agreed, some seeing rates/money as the more bedrock issue in all the back-and-forth over ELDs and hours. 

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Podcast: ‘Make mad money! Be a freight broker!’: Independent James Woods on a culture of dishonesty among middlemen

The push for maximum profit, whatever the cost in toil or honesty be damned, clearly infects some corners of the trucking industry, to the detriment, too often, of those doing the work of hauling the freight. That's the message of independent James Woods, who spoke for this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast on subjects of transactional transparency, fair dealing and more.

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Making the e-log switch: The evolution of small fleet Old Time Express

"I know a lot of people, and especially a lot of drivers, would like to cut my head off when I say this ..." -- that's Old Time's Mark White in preamble to some perhaps underappreciated e-log lessons he delivers toward the end of this week's Overdrive Radio podcast. File under: things people might not want to hear. 

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Audio tour through Tony Justice’s new ‘Stars, Stripes and White Lines’ album

The time has come, drivers. Tony Justice's new record, "Stars, Stripes and White Lines," is out and on its way to the truck-stop racks for an official June 30 release. As he and his wife, Misty, note in this Overdrive Radio podcast tour through the album, after a couple months for the physical CD release, a digital release follows in September.

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Dedicated freight — an antidote to chasing rates

After years chasing rates and high miles, over the last decade and more Keith Sampson shifted his thinking. His example is clear evidence that keeping your eye out for dedicated-freight opportunities can deliver the best of both worlds -- income stability and high profitability, without sacrificing your home life in the process.

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Back to the future: ‘Trucks of America’ in 1973; The drones are coming! (take four)

Did you know Overdrive once published truck jigsaw puzzles? We didn't either ... And: The drones are coming! Congressional moves reportedly would prevent erection of state barriers to autonomous vehicles and centralize rules at federal level...

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Saturday round-up: Spring cleaning, chaining the trailer to the coil, best wisecracks of the year

Terminator once declared he could not self-destruct -- how about self-driving vehicles?; an e-log solution for the ages; and a check-in with flatbed owner-operator Joe Bielucki's real-man coils and overdue spring cleaning. . .

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Don’t get ‘beat up’ on rates: Strong service to keep the customer honest

This podcast talk with owner-operator Monte Wiederhold focuses in on the direct-customer base Wiederhold notes he’s been fortunate to maintain through the recent "ebb and flow" years of spotty freight and demand in the wider economy, and the emphasis on timely communication and dependability that's helped immensely to keep those customers.

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‘Not adding up’: Following Supreme Court’s hit to ELD challenge, owner-operators reckon with next steps

In the wake of the Supreme Court's official denial of OOIDA's appeal for it to throw out the ELD rule, attention turned to the Trump administration and, more closely, Congress. A bevy of readers faced down the reality of further limited options for an ELD challenge.

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Thursday round-up: HHG hauler Finn Murphy’s excellent memoir, ‘Bear in the air’ makes radio primetime

Hear Truckers News editor David Hollis' podcast talk with household goods hauling owner-operator Finn Murphy about his new memoir, and: Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got ourselves a radio spot!

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