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SFD rule’s crash-risk disconnect: Data show most analyzed ‘Unfit’ carriers don’t crash

ASECTT’s Freedom of Information Act-obtained numbers show that 76 percent of carriers with five or fewer trucks, and who would have been flagged Unfit to operate under the proposed SFD's parameters, recorded no crashes in the 12 months following the analyzed 'Unfit' determination. The numbers — and the questions they present about the proposed rule’s methodology — add to mounting pressure the agency’s faced since publishing the proposed rule in January.

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This week I learned …

Things you can't un-see for a thousand, Alex ... What is your once-pretty, sandblasted truck.

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SFD’s ties to the ‘discredited’ CSA SMS: Just one ‘fatal flaw’ in safety-rating rulemaking, coalition argues

Got CSA fatigue? This one's sure to tire you out, but take heed: the coalition of mostly small carrier-interest groups that's been active this past year on a variety of regulatory fronts sees numerous problems in the FMCSA's SFD proposal.

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Insurance is the devil

" It's a necessary evil, and it's forced upon us by law, so we put up with the incredibly weird questions and long wait times to talk to people who take our money into the black hole of insurance premiums and rarely give any of it back." ...

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E-log transition, week 5: The perils of advice in trucking

Rolling along with Wes Memphis in his e-log transition, Memphis logs in a little early, precipitating a violation: "Now, to me, the most important thing about being a truck driver is knowing how to read between the lines" of any advice ...

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Memorial Day 2016: A tanker’s tale

This year, Wendy's brother Lehi wrote a Memorial-Day story especially for truckers, because he realizes how much they rely and depend upon their machines -- a lot like Army tankers. Please take a moment to honor our fallen veterans today, and enjoy a story from one who made it home.

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Audio: More from Muscle Shoals with Paul Marhoefer

Hear more of my interview with Marhoefer about just what drove the Indiana-based former owner-operator/current driver way down South to Alabama to record his forthcoming "Old Black Epiphone" record.

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A brother remembers a highway hero

Billy A. Henry Sr. of Cross County, Ark., was under an oversize load near El Paso, Texas, on Monday, May 9, when he passed of a heart attack. The trooper on the scene determined his actions neatly parking the rig amounted to absolute heroism. Henry's trucking brother remembers him here.

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Whining vs. changing: The case for personal responsibility

Part of Overdrive’s mission is to help owner-operators prosper as they choose their own destiny, an idea frequently echoed at Kevin Rutherford's CMC Live event.

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Beware the ‘calming’ effects

In the thick of a business transition, Wendy looks for relaxation in some calming tea on the end cap. "I did not consider the fact that possibly crapping my pants may be an unfortunate side effect to the 'calmness' that might ensue."

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