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Video: Car haulers’ touching tribute to police

The car-hauling Pete 379 is dedicated to police officers who lost their lives while doing their jobs.

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Details on out-of-service conditions related to ELDs, come December 18

CVSA's new ELD-related out-of-service conditions are actually footnotes regarding current OOS violations having to do with hours of service.

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Nice sentiments

The ELD mandate drawing closer ... "I've noticed a lot more people deciding to protest the rule. I appreciate the feelings: I'm the first one to say, 'Stand up to the gubmint,' but I've got one question: Where were y'all all those years ago when we were begging people to make comments?" ...

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Paul Marhoefer’s ‘Elloree’, with a new music video, tells Jason’s Law story

Asked to write a song for Jason's Law by a friend, Marhoefer asked himself what bluegrass legend Ralph Stanley would do and wrote it as a murder ballad -- the final result, a powerful invocation of the story behind the parking-funding/security legislation.

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A salute to ‘Old Filthy’: Preserving owner-operator Gene Ballinger’s first new truck, a 1957 Kenworth fuel hauler

Bill Ward of Delta Junction, Ak., tells the story of how he came to own one of his first employers' classic 1957 Kenworth 925 fuel hauler. "Old Filthy" was the first truck bought new by Montana-based owner-operator Gene Ballinger.

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Passing the tandems

Wendy's son offers this revelation to George: “Dad, I want you to teach me to drive the truck and help me get into the trucking business.” Wendy's still processing: "I'll just be over here in the corner, with a fresh bag of lead paint chips..."

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Podcast: Cold water on the ELD mandate’s potential rates impacts

While recent polling shows most owner-operators view the ELD mandate's chances of positively impacting rates either short- or long-term as good, don't count OOIDA board member and B.L. Reever Transport small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold among the true believers.

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Ode to the mothers

"I'm going to share the love and give a deep thanks to all the moms out there – especially the trucking family moms, who are the support and backbone of so many small business trucking operations." ...

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A nine-year-old’s view of the so-called ‘autonomous future’

"When I asked if she could imagine a big truck going down the road maneuvering with its own controls, with no person behind the wheel, the look of horror that passed across her face was fairly priceless."

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Texas, land of windshield monsters

"George assures me the ratio of windshield breaks associated with Texas is directly related to the number of times we've been there. I say it's windshield monsters."

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