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Rearview: Different times, similar problems

Overly picky roadside inspectors, untimely but necessary equipment repairs and a highway full of unseasoned truckers may sound like 2016 owner-operator annoyances. But as evidenced by these 1970s cartoons from Overdrive, they’re problems that have persisted for nearly a half-century.

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From the outside in: ‘Keep on Truckin’

If you've got time, give the Pacific Standard's "Keep on Truckin'" package of features published this week a look for a point of view on trucking from the outside in.

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Things that would make me leave the truck for 400, Alex

Wendy on accident aftermath: "I'm just amazed by people who get back on the horse and ride." If that applies to you, why did you jump back in the saddle?

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So does FMCSA’s safety rating rule in fact violate Congressional directive?

Another week, another letter to Congress from an ad hoc coalition of groups challenging FMCSA's new safety rating rule's release on grounds it violates the FAST Act highway bill.

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Bedtime stories at the Trucker home

Daddy Trucker's son gets an education on what a turnover rate is: "Daddy, tell me the truth about the trucker shortage."

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One carrier’s work-around for the driver shortage

Landstar’s low turnover rate shows that strong earnings potential for drivers can soften a labor shortage by retaining solid operators.

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The first time I heard the phrase ‘driver shortage’ …

Tracking back to the origins of our February cover story questioning what might be the trucking industry's most unquestioned assumption: the driver shortage.

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Doughnut wars 2020

Wendy offers a vision for the future of trucking: "A 'one doughnut a week' mandate, in which all CDL holders will be issued 'good boy' credits they can trade for snacks that aren't offered on the gubmint-approved driver menus."

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Current state of firearm-carry laws for interstate haulers

The complicated answer to a perennial question: "Are CDL drivers (that hold a concealed carry permit) allowed to carry a pistol?"

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I’ll gladly install you Tuesday, for a hamburger today

Wendy on the cable install from your-know-where: "Sometimes, people just don't understand about the 'away from home' stuff," and it gets worse.

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