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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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Creative uses for the Reader Rigs gallery: Poetry

Reader Richard King this week posted what might be the first bit of poetry to grace the halls of Overdrive's Reader Rigs photo gallery: Find his "Harvest Man" here.

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When in doubt, change it out

With flatbed freight volume in the tank, George moves back to the old stand-by: "I'm going to pick up a van. I dropped my flatbed off for inspection and I'm picking up a van.”

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: How will carriers leasing owner-operators treat it?

Answers here from respondents to a recent carrier survey conducted by CCJ. And: Reader Gary Carlisle's thoughts on the limited potential for the ELD mandate to impact rates for the positive.

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