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In the per-diem weeds with company drivers

In which a reader asks a question about treatment of the standard per-diem deduction depending on how the carrier treats a standard reimbursement -- after-tax or pre-tax. Mike Calahan of ATBS provides the answer.

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Wes Memphis answers your questions on ELDs’ potential income effect

Amid the charges of 'fake news' under Wes Memphis last Channel 19 post on ELDs' income effect there were a few salient questions, which Memphis returns to answer here. Also: Poll results from our income/ELD question show some reality/expectation divide.

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Another parting shot from Louisville: Paul Marhoefer’s ‘Mama Crystal’

A dark blues folks song about a scourge that's touched the lives of many around the nation -- crystal methamphetamine.

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Video: Trucker-songwriter Bill Weaver live at MATS

Video from trucker/singer-songwriter Bill Weaver's live performance at the Mid-America Trucking Show of tracks a three-song digital EP he's offering as something of a preview to a new record due in June.

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An ‘Autonomous Trap’: The limits of technology, illustrated

A new video is a a fairly cheeky expression of the limits of technology in the face of the human mind and its proclivities for art, invention and persistence, by British artist James Bridle, trapping an autonomous car in a salt circle. Might it work on auto-trucks as well? ...

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New book from a familiar hand: Overdrive’s own Wendy Parker

Something that had to happen here on Overdrive, but of course: The debut of George & Wendy Show writer Wendy Parker's "100,000 Miles of Crazy: Adventures from the Road with George and Wendy." The book's out now, a compendium of the best of her blog's first year.

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Correcting the personal-conveyance record

Answering Russ Hoffman's question: "Are you sure that Personal Conveyance requires that you not have a load or trailer? I believe the regulation is Unladen (unloaded) with an empty trailer being acceptable." By the letter of the law, he's right.

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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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