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Parking ‘capacity is the issue’: What one state that tried to address it with new spaces is going through

There's a reason all we tend to hear about around the parking issue is related to ways to deliver information about space availability. Capacity may be the bedrock issue, but can you spell N(ot) - I(n) - M(y) -B(ack) - Y(ard). Related news from Virginia.

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Howard Salmon presents ‘The Prius won,’ or ‘Cut off, ticketed, stuck on I-24 near Chattanooga’

Sadly, this video view from the dashcam of owner-operator Howard Salmon puts to bed an accident-free period for the longtime independent spanning Salmon's 30-plus years -- and more than 4 million miles. It also mighth exonerate him from a ticket for following too close issued at the scene.

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Would you be referred for apnea testing under recent preliminary screening criteria?

Would you fall under the Medical Review Board's recent preliminary screening recommendations for criteria to refer drivers for sleep apnea testing during DOT physicals? Take this survey to find out.

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Owner-operator J.D. Terry and the ‘Driveway Dream’ 1995 KW — The Rolling CB Interview

Video: Run through Big Rig Videos' Chris Fiffie's Rolling CB Interview with independent owner-operator J.D. "Birdman" Terry and his 1995 KW, likewise Overdrive's own talk with Terry about the rig two months back.

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Mailbag: One operator’s ‘hairy’ trip speed-limited at 65, more views on limiter mandate proposal

In response to recent polling, the largest share of reader respondents object to any speed limiter mandate. A larger share of responses considered together, though, favor speed settings well above the speeds the DOT analyzed within the proposed rule's text. More voices on the proposed mandate in this podcast.

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Spot market UP-date, weekend edition: Good news for a change

The weekly demand charts from DAT came in a smidge later than usual this week, so I thought I'd host them here on the blog this time around. Data is for the week prior to Labor Day, and the good news is that volume and load-to-truck ratios rose on the spot market and rates followed, especially for vans and reefers. Van rates added 6 cents, and reefers got 3 cents themselves. Flatbeds gained just a penny per mile. ...

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‘Irresponsible’ use of data — it happens day in, day out

Jumping to a conclusion that speed limiters are the driving force behind reductions in crashes without considering other factors is, well, irresponsible indeed.

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Volvo fans, this one’s for you: Trux’ custom ’06 VNL 670

This 2006 VNL 670 might well be the only Volvo with eight-inch straight pipes, builder Josh Foster says. Take a video run through the numerous custom mods Foster took the truck through his his employer, Trux Accessories.

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The real Leroy Mercer is …

Revisiting a story I wrote on the occasion of the Dualtone label's 2008 release of classic "Leroy Mercer" prank-call recordings on CD, an attempt to set the record straight on just who the comic genius behind those calls was: John Bean of Knoxville, Tenn., who passed away before the phenomenon of the tapes came to full fruition.

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Choking down the milk and cookies

If FMCSA's not going to remove the 30-minute break (aka the 'milk and cookie' break in the words of more than one operator) as requested by CVSA, there may well be rationale for reducing its severity weighting in the CSA Safety Measurement System.

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