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Fatalities down, injuries way up. What gives?

FMCSA's report says that the number of trucks involved in fatal accidents decreased 5 percent in 2014. The only problem is a conflicting statistic: Injuries in truck-involved wrecks increased by 21 percent. I asked around for explanations.

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Wes Memphis hits a snag with e-logs, missing a load

"Week two of e-logs is in the books" for Wes Memphis, and it came with one big snag when a load he couldn't complete on time without running of hours fell through his wheels...

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Confessions of aging eyes

"Life in general is a learning experience, but being on the road is a mega-dose of real life in the outer fringes of society, where you learn to improvise and make do with the tools and resources you have."

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Mailbag: Potential 34-hour restart change reinforces elemental hours problems for readers

Given the complexity of the recently proposed 34-hour-restart change, it's no wonder (as you'll hear in this podcast) that a desire for the simplicity of pre-14-hour-rule regs is such a topic of discussion of late.

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A brief timeline of 83,000 years

"Let's take a chance on disrupting the space-time continuum, and just cruise through what's happened in the past 83,000 years, while we were sitting in traffic last year."

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The latest on speed limiters: Senate wants DOT to act now

Proponents of a speed limiter mandate, like some trucking lobbyists and so-called safety advocacy groups, appear tired of the DOT dragging its feet in getting the proposed rule published and have asked Congress to intervene.

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Don’t let the dirty dictate the digs

"We can either sit around and feed into the stereotype by allowing the unguided children to run the show, or we can train them to be truckers, and find out which ones can handle it and integrate with pride and a positive image."

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Podcast: Trucker Bob Stanton’s proposals for the Beyond Compliance effort

Trucker Bob Stanton brought three distinct proposals to FMCSA's Beyond Compliance listening session in Chicago attendant to the CVSA Workshop event. Hear his proposals here.

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Don’t ban me, bro

"The communities that choose the knee-jerk reaction of banning trucks aren't looking to solve problems, they're looking for a band-aid to slap on the gaping wound of parking and big truck issues."

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Off the clock: An hours of service alternative

Whatever happens for better or for worse, it's worth noting that a system based in reality – the driver’s true fitness for duty, not some rigid, almost arbitrary system cooked up by regulators – could be a big improvement over a one-size-fits-all system that actually fits very few.

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