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Reader: Do I need to comply with California meal and rest break rules?

Short answer: California's meal and rest break provisions are seeing some litigation after court precedent. Some employers in a defensive posture are requiring the breaks of their drivers, adding complexity on top of an already complex federal hours reg.

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Runaway truck!

A Rocky Mountains disaster averted by quick thinking, teamwork and a little luck -- driver Don Christner's retelling of a hair-raising moment on Colorado's Loveland Pass: "no runaway truck ramps, no gaurdrails, no shoulders and no do-overs."

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A view on increasing safety through training in wake of historic Indiana bridge’s destruction

"It’s difficult to imagine how a driver could earn a CDL without understanding weights and how they pertain to axles, gross weight and bridge laws." --Ellen Voie

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: Manufacture date or model year?

The short answer is that FMCSA intends to draw the line according to model year, not date of manufacture. The long answer is that mixing language on model year and date of manufacture only complicates things for operators, eventual enforcement...

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Outreach to immigrant communities among truckers should be a top priority of owner-op organizations

Reader owner-operator Ernest Tufft believes better outreach could encourage better "expectations of wages and working conditions, as a way to stabilize the marketplace for workers like me."

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ELDs, hours, parking: Owner-operators’ top 3 critical issues

Considerable fleet/operator common ground is seen in hours of service, CSA, parking and related issues, though the economy ranks higher in Overdrive's list. Plus: Voices on the "Missouri Truck Ferry" project.

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Return safety to drivers’ control: Fix the 14-hour rule

Texas-based Gary Carlisle weighs in on what Overdrive readers have named among the most-needed hours revisions. Also: it's bankruptcies that will drive up rates, not wide ELD use itself.

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From troops to trucking: Former owner-operator’s intensive class for returning soldiers

"I am honored and humbled to be able to share my story as well as my knowledge and experience in the trucking industry with as many service members as I possibly can.” --Former owner-operator and Army Staff Sgt. W. Joel Baker

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POLL: What’s the biggest trucking issue?

The American Transportation Research Institute's top 10 trucking issues, identified by fleets, were released early this week. This poll asks which of them (or others) is most important to you.

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Truckers to Fed: Keep interest rates at historically low levels

With the Federal Reserve board of governors contemplating a rise in short-term interest rates, a majority of truckers surveyed in this hot buttons poll favored no change.

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