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Driver shortage alarm, redux part 2: Bills in Ohio would subsidize ‘cheap labor’

Ohio bills would funnel taxpayer money to driver-training efforts and "put the Ohio taxpayers on the hook for subsidizing cheap labor," notes small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold. Also, video, audio: Crank it up with Scott Reed's tuned 750-hp Cat in the Wheeling tunnel on I-70.

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Looking into the crystal ball on ELDs/rates, and Owner-operator Reed goes to Washington

Two updates -- audio of Todd Amen of ATBS' conference call on operator income from yesterday, and one from owner-operator Scott Reed, fresh off a meeting with legislative aide to Senator Deb Fisher in Washington gone bad, only to turn out positive when Reed dropped in on other Senators from Iowa, North Dakota, Montana.

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More ELD questions answered by Wes Memphis

And: A word from reader Bob Glaves against the ELD mandate; Revisiting tax/per-diem strategies that can be short-sighted when it comes time to weighing the need for income at retirement.

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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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