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Happy Thanksgiving!

We're thankful for you, drivers. With this message from the staff at Overdrive also comes readers' thanks for God and country, family, work, fellowship and more.

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‘Please Trump don’t let us down’: Truckers sound hopeful but wary in reaction to election victory

Views on Trump's win were cautiously optimistic when came to potential easing of regulatory burden and the economy, more wary on road privatization and tolls. Conciliatory notes stressed the country's direction "isn't just up to Trump. We all have a hand in it."

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‘Keep fighting’: One reader’s reaction to the 7th circuit’s ELD decision

In this Overdrive Radio 'mailbag' series podcast, more than one trucker strikes a defiant yet hopeful tone in response to yesterday's Halloween decision by the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals upholding the FMCSA's ELD mandate final rule.

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ELD mandate: Small fleet owner urges Congress to reconsider, more voices on the mandate

"It’s high time for our government officials to start using some common sense by listening to the voices of experience who know what they are talking about. It’s time to reconsider this mandate to the benefit of all." --Z-Tranz small fleet owner David Morin, based in Morganton, N.C. BONUS; New mailbag podcast on the mandate.

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POLL: What is the top trucking issue from your vantage point?

These 10 issues -- including the ELD mandate and hours of service, CSA, a so-called 'driver shortage and more -- were ranked in this order in ATRI's annual survey of carriers. Which one (or other issue) would you put at the top of your most pressing issues list?

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Driver to Speaker of the House: ‘Be a politician for the people’

Driver Steven Brown makes an economic argument against speed limiters in his letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives, calling the DOT's proposed mandate "just another way to tax the working class."

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67 percent: Share of owner-operators who handle IFTA reporting entirely on their own

Recent polling showed that 67 percent of owner-operators reported handling their IFTA reporting entirely on their own -- only 2-3 in 10, further, utilized specialized software or third-party reporting services.

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Truckers: No to ‘beta’ testing when lives at stake

Truckers polled this month agreed by and large with much of Consumer Reports’ "Too much autonomy too soon" verdict about the 'Autopilot' technology deployed in the Tesla Model S in 'beta' form, recently in use during a fatal crash in Florida.

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Mailbag: ‘Major trucking issue’ — detention at shippers/receivers and its income, safety impact

How big is the problem of detention at shippers and receivers for American truckers? For readers of Overdrive, it's a "major issue," in the words of more than one you'll hear in this "mailbag" edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast.

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Mailbag: A primary tool in warding off post-crash litigation threats

"You’ve got to keep an eye out for every little detail and pass it on. If you’ve got a good insurance company, they’ll fight it for you.” As in crashes, as in other cases, says owner-operator Wayne VanHooser. “You’d be surprised how many times you can win when you do that.”

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