Blogs

E-log transition, week 4: Wes Memphis gets a pay raise, pain and a little more speed in time for a well-needed vacation

Wes Memphis again contemplates packing it in, then: "I decided to just go see the doctor when I got home, and try to make the best of it. Because, like a lot of the old boys out here, this is really all I've got."

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Florida group plans trucking rally from Miami to Tallahassee for June 6

Florida truckers have come together with plans for a rally ride from Miami to Tallahassee to “express their dissatisfaction” with some specific issues plaguing the industry. A press release issued to Overdrive by Ponce Seoane and Alberto Cruz-Torres, two of the organizers, begins with this appeal: We are a group of owner operators and transportation professionals working together to stop the deterioration of our industry. We provide for an entire nation while barely providing for our own ...

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Way-back machine: Never-before-seen footage at Overdrive’s late-’70s New Jersey diesel drag races

U.K.-based Andy Harris' late 1970s short film on U.S. trucking, via Overdrive's Englishtown, N.J., truck drag racing event, provides a clear window back in time, including a glimpse of Overdrive's founder. Watch the film here -- recognize anyone?

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Back in Time Tour 2016

Ever wish you could go back to the good ol' days, when truckers were the Knights of the Road and a sweet COE was the epitome of cool? Todd Campbell and Kevin Young not only wished it – they're making it happen. ...

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Rates down 10-15 percent so far in 2016

Where's the fall in rates been the worst? The best? Find out here in charts for dry van, flatbed and reefer segments showing declines (and very few gains) for loads originating in each of the continental 48 states.

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FMCSA declines to file response to motion asking Supreme Court to hear ELD lawsuit

The latest on the renegade effort (of sorts) by trucker William Trescott to intervene in the OOIDA-brought lawsuit seeking to strike down the DOT's electronic logging device mandate. Trescott this month asked the Supreme Court to take up the matter.

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Diesel therapy

This is "how you end up spending an hour of home time, sitting in the driveway, idling in a vehicle you just spent the last three weeks in, missing home. Diesel therapy. The thrill ain't gone."

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Signing off after a long day with Michael and Julie Neece

A tribute of sorts from Julie Neece to her owner-operator husband, Michael Dean Neece of Pep, N.M. Neece's 379 has 1.5 million miles on its Detroit engine, and he hauls milk. "He loves what he does," she says. "I couldn't picture him doing anything else."

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Will power and upselling

The chance at eight pieces of toast with your eggs and bacon for $10.99, or just two pieces for $6.99? Guess which one is deemed the terrible decision: "I wanted toast, but I didn't plan on building a toast fort -- two pieces was completely sufficient."

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C.H. Robinson: Carrier performance program for first access to freight, online portal updates, more

C.H. Robinson's online freight-access portal gets a new look, and functionality, aimed at increasing some automated functionality and delivering on the goals of a new program to reward consistent, high-performance carriers in the broker's network.

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