Blogs

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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Household goods hauling: Challenges explored with moving veteran Fred Metzler

Fred Metzler stresses what he sees as unique household hauling challenges -- and practices of some companies that are cutting into owner-operators' incomes in the space significantly. Also: Wes Memphis says good-bye to his paper logs in week one of an electronic transition.

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Cabovers, chrome and cool people

Introducing recently-retired owner-operator Sherman Kerns and his 1980 Peterbilt cabover, Jamaican trucker Owen Aird and more from the Overdrive's Pride & Polish event in Wildwood, Fla., at 75 Chrome Shop.

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An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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