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Navigating the trucking ‘tech bubble’: FMCSA reps outline ELD requirements, operation, edits for drivers at MATS

Standing-room-only in the ELD seminar room at MATS -- hear the FMCSA's presentation on implementation of a rule that has spawned something of a "transportation tech bubble," clearly in evidence at the show.

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Still got it, after all these years

In which Wendy tells Lee Greenwood he makes her cry: "I'm no good under pressure. I'm much better when I can sit down and write things, except 99 percent of the time I'm writing them after the fact, and they're actually considered 'apologies' and not 'blog posts.'"

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Video: Trucker-songwriter Bill Weaver live at MATS

Video from trucker/singer-songwriter Bill Weaver's live performance at the Mid-America Trucking Show of tracks a three-song digital EP he's offering as something of a preview to a new record due in June.

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Don’t use Marty Robbins as a navigator

"Sometimes, Marty Robbins lies and life on the road is hard."

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An ‘Autonomous Trap’: The limits of technology, illustrated

A new video is a a fairly cheeky expression of the limits of technology in the face of the human mind and its proclivities for art, invention and persistence, by British artist James Bridle, trapping an autonomous car in a salt circle. Might it work on auto-trucks as well? ...

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‘Burnin’ Down the Old School’ — MATS, here we come

Looking forward to all the haps at MATS this week -- a new Bill Weaver EP, Tony Justice's show and much more on Wendy's agenda.

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‘Learning to truck’ with W. Joel Baker, and a verse salute from Kevin Barrett

Owner-operator W. Joel Baker, founder of the free TruckBytes accounting software for owner-ops, launches a new resource site for those getting into the business, LearnToTruck.com. And: Kevin Barrett's rhyming couplets salute the driver.

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YouTubers getting the attention of new truckers

Meet Will "Lil' Dawg" Kling and Matt "Little Guy" Eso, trucking Youtubers on a mission to entertain and inform the next generation of owner-ops and drivers. "

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Sun-up in the oil patch, and: ’14-hour rule is the real issue’

G'mornin', drivers. One beauty of a scene from the Reader Rigs gallery, posted on Tuesday by John Reinhardt, a sunrise early-early in the oil patch in Texas "way out in nowhere," Reinhardt wrote, north of Pecos. And: More from Gary Carlisle on the 14-hour rule/ELDs one-two punch.

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Hours of service and the need for flexibility: What docs, nurses and truckers have in common

Parallels in nursing and trucking hours regs and practices, as the debate over flexibility continues in both: "None of the issues regarding sleep-deprived safety will be solved with a one-size-fits-all rule, in any industry, as long as human beings are doing the jobs."

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