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Readers: ‘No’ to truck size/weight increase

Six in 10 driver respondents to a poll about increases to truck sizes and weights favor no change to limits, citing concerns about current repair of roads and bridges, competition and limited benefit otherwise.

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ELD rule public comments mixed, with renewed focus on hours rule

Among others, Mark Olsen of Clinton, Utah, echoed the overall mixed nature of the comments all told. However, he rejoined arguments in favor of the need for ELDs with a message heard increasingly -- that the hours of service rules in general are the bigger problem as regards true safety.

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FMCSA updates website

The public face of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration at FMCSA.DOT.gov has been lifted -- or changed, as it were, with a somewhat comprehensive redesign.

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Mixed feelings on defense spending

Following Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s February DOD budget proposal, which looks for long-term reductions in overall defense spending but represents a short-term hike above spending levels automatically cut by last year’s budget-sequester deal, operators were similarly mixed on the proposal. “Shrinkage of the armed forces is not the answer,” wrote one commenter under the poll above, conducted here at OverdriveOnline.com. “Those in power will overcommit and stretch the military to the point that the ...

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Tolls in the news: Round-up

News from around Pennsylvania, New York and South Carolina show the rhetoric on and interest in tolls from lawmakers is high, if not always well-grounded...

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Anti-ELD petition to White House launched; more voices on the mandate

Language of the petition, which has a goal of 100,000 signatures collected by April 18, reflects voices of opposition among many Overdrive readers, approximately 3 of every 4 according to recent polling.

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ELD mandate: Readers respond

Among Overdrive readers, more than half of the respondents to a poll conducted in the weeks prior to the ELD mandate's release showed a strong preference for another line or work or retirement over use of the devices.

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Readers debate New Entrant test

While a majority were positive about FMCSA's plan to introduce regs testing into the process for obtaining operating authority, questions as to the scope of test questions remained as the second federal listening session on the subject approached.

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Get your load on! (Edition 7)

From construction equipment to more garden variety loads dressed up behind spectacular tractors, this occasional series delivers more great photos of readers' loads. Find out how to send in your own ...

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Division over minimum hourly pay

With President Obama advocating for a $10.10/hour federal minimum wage and some states having raised the minimum wage as high as $15, readers showed fairly even division on the issue.

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