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Second take: Owner-operators stand to benefit from ‘beyond compliance’ program

“If you lose, why wouldn’t you at least try to get the best deal possible? FMCSA is being asked to think outside the box. Owner-ops and small businesses should too," says Joe Rajkovacz. "It would sure be nice to find out some ideas from truckers out there not buying into the gospel of ‘Just say no.’”

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Aaron Tippin, Tony Justice: Behind the music video with Chris Fiffie

Big Rig Videos' Chris Fiffie, out from behind his camera during filming of footage set to become his music video for Tony Justice/Aaron Tippin's collaboration on "Brothers of the Highway," title track from Justice's upcoming record.

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So, what’s for dinner?

"I saw box freight running for more than three dollars a mile the other day. When we had a box that was the running rate for flatbed and we were eating $1.90/mile... Grass is always greener, yaddah yaddah..."

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Artist Julian Raven’s dry-box-side Trump portrait and ongoing tour

Judging from past polling here, one might have been justified in the assumption that it was only a matter of time before a Donald Trump campaign image appeared on the side of dry van. ...

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Power Ball fantasies for the road-weary

"Remember, money doesn't buy happiness, but it's sure more comfortable to cry in a Porsche than it is a Pinto."

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Shipper to owner-operators: Come on down!

Some shippers' common bond with owner-operators -- when it comes to procuring transportation, they'd rather not deal with brokers or large asset-based carriers, either.

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Let’s talk about trucking

"A recent Facebook post of a dog with a piece of ham on its face caused the internet to blow up with concerns for the dog. A trucker is shot in the gut in an attack that could have been prevented with safe parking, and no one cares."

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Safety rating poised to turn to roadside data, coalition issues challenge

The coalition that took on the recent highway bill's "poison pill" successfully has issued something of a pre-emptive challenge to FMCSA's proposed changes to the safety rating program.

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Big-Bore Engines Making Big Comeback. Don’t Compromise.

Rearview: Fighting rail in the name of safety

One of many battles waged by Overdrive in its first 20 years was against the rail industry, including its powerful lobbying arm and its cozy relationship with lawmakers.

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Listening session: ‘Beyond compliance’ with the regulations — if, and how, to reward

Whatever you think about the in-progress "beyond compliance" program and its origins, the fact is it's in the works -- anyone with ideas on how it *should* or *shouldn't* be structured can weigh in via a listening session Jan. 12.

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