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Reckless four-wheelers, bad road design…: Two factors, among others, in many truck rollovers

A recent mainstream-media report reinforces what many truckers know about truck-occupant and other fatality numbers, too: There's more to them than meets the eye.

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What’s your CB handle and how’d you get it?

Find several operators' anecdotes about how they got their handles here.

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POLL: Should an independent Palestinian state exist?

Given recently re-elected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's commentary suggesting to some watchers declining support for the goal of an independent Palestinian state, what's your take on such a state?

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Mailbag: ‘Don’t help the lawyers. Help us.’ –Readers on insurance

In this podcast, readers weigh in on rising insurance costs, urging regulators and congress not to hike minimums, which might well serve only to line the pockets of attorneys and deleteriously affect the trucking business.

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Podcast: Entry level driver training conversations following rulemaking committee meeting

Will traditional training approaches survive the Entry Level Driver Training rulemaking? If statutory language is any indication, it's likely. Voices on training standards/practices in this podcast.

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Audio mailbag: Minimum interstate age should be 18, insurance barriers to new owner-operators

Podcast round-up of some reader voices on minimum interstate driving age, insurance challenges for young owner-operators, hours, parking and more.

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Fuel-tax hike indexed to inflation the wrong idea to fund roads

Vermont-based Michael Dudley throws a tomato at the notion that a tax hike is necessary to properly fund highways: "Stop allowing our government to waste our money!"

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Entry level driver training podcast: The data problem

What's dogged any training rule for the last 20 years? There's no particular evidence of a relationship between adequacy of training and drivers' safety on the road.

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READER: Mixed feelings on driver training standards

"There probably should be some minimum standards. But as long as the government is setting them, I am not sure there will be meaningful rules that make sense." --Michael Goodman

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To carry or not to carry: 65 percent of readers say physical med card still key in inspections

As evidenced by February polling here, the physical medical card remained part of more than 6 in 10 readers’ most-recent roadside stops.

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