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Street-sign replacement program put on hold for 45-day comment period

Federally mandated changes to the design of local/state governments' corner road signs -- requiring mixed capital/lower-case type treatment with more reflective lettering, in effect a complete overhaul of existing signs the nation over by 2018 -- have been in the spotlight over the last couple days as a prime example of a wasteful culture in action. "The federal government says THIS is harder to read than This," ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl wrote yesterday. "Got that?  ...

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Combating cargo theft: An interview with Schneider security director Walt Fountain

When I visited Schneider National’s Green Bay, Wis., headquarters in June for the carrier’s 75th-anniversary celebration, I got an up-close look at one of many efforts the company’s put in place over the years to enhance the security of its customers’ cargo in transit and at each of its 15 domestic facilities. Gate-security ground zero in Wisconsin allows 24-hour surveillance monitors to keep tabs on the comings and goings at 15 yards around the country. ...

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Lisa Kelly to make appearance at bowl game Dec. 18

Whether you're getting opportunity to spend some relaxing time today with family around a dinner table, with friends at a football game, or you're out on the road, here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from myself and the folks at Overdrive and Truckers News. Speaking of football, keep the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl on your radar if you live in or run the Northwest. The folks with trucking smartphone-app-enabled services provider uDrove announced recently that ...

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Save $10 on CSA 2010

How to request your Pre-Employment Screening Program data from FMCSA without paying the PSP contractor. Visit http://fmcsa.dot.gov/foia Make your request in writing and include your name, address, and a telephone number via the snail mail address noted on the above web page or via fax at (202) 385-2335 or email at foia@fmcsa.dot.gov. Be certain to... *Specify that you are looking for data ...

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Trucking advocate enjoyed Overdrive award

Bruce Wieser won a prize for the Native American-inspired message on his rig and now advocates for trucker heroes.

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‘Bird Business’ with owner-operator Larry Leckrone

32: The percentage of truckers who said in a recent poll that they would choose a carrier based on its ridealong pet policy. The number tracks closely to the 42 percent of haulers who said they did in fact run with a pet of some kind in the truck -- computed as part of Truckers News' research into its most recent, December cover story. Among that group is owner-operator Larry Leckrone, of Colville, Wash. His antique ...

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Sweepstakes: Twelve days of Truck Centers Christmas

Headed through Illinois or Missouri over the next couple weeks? Here's some fun news to start the Thanksgiving holiday week about Truck Centers Inc.'s "Twelve Days of Christmas" sweepstakes promotion. Stop by any of their locations -- in St. Louis and St. Peters in Missouri and Troy, Morton, Springfield, Mt. Vernon and Decatur in Illinois -- to register free by Dec. 7: Illinois-based Truck Centers Inc. (TCI) unveiled a unique holiday promotion today designed to ...

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Hauler of U.S. Capitol Christmas tree on national tour

Owner and part operator Jeff Underwood of Jeff Underwood Trucking is on the haul of a lifetime. Read Underwood's story, published in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Wednesday ahead of his planned stop in his hometown of Dahlonega, Ga., next week, and you'll come away feeling the same anticipation and pride it's clear he does for his role in moving the U.S. Capitol Christmas tree, a mammoth spruce cut from a Wyoming national forest as part of a ...

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Sioux City Truck Sales’ Peterbilt calendar

A Network of four Peterbilt dealers in the Midwest -- Sioux Falls, S.D.; Council Bluffs and Des Moines, Iowa; and Norfolk, Neb. -- is distributing a custom 2011 calendar called "Working Trucks of the Midwest." Customers may obtain the free 2011 calendar at any of the group's stores, while supplies last. But the photos are available online, too, in full at the Sioux City Truck Sales Inc. main website, pbtruck.com, with full-color photos of customers’ trucks, from among ...

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CSA 2010 Driver’s Handbook now live

You may have seen it out at the truckstops already, but if not, I thought I'd take a moment today to alert you to our CSA 2010 Driver's Handbook, now online in an interactive digital version. Combining reporting from Overdrive and Truckers News editors (from myself to Overdrive Managing Editor Lucinda Coulter and others) with information provided directly by the FMCSA dispelling some of the common myths and misconceptions out there about the program, it's ...

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