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ELD mandate: Sounding the death knell for the American driver

An op-ed from Overdrive reader owner-operator Devin Combs of Bloomington, Ind.: "This electronic logging device situation is just one more cost that I can't endure and a headache that I don't have time for."

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DACA program should be preserved in some form, slight majority says

A 51 percent majority of Overdrive readers are in favor of preserving some form of relief from threats of deportation for participants in the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

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POLL: Do hours rules/company pressures ever lead you to feel forced to drive tired?

Given the peculiarities of the hours rule, the incoming ELD mandate and difficulty balancing the business necessities of safety and on-time deliveries, how often do you feel forced to run when you otherwise might be resting?

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ELD mandate protest efforts set to stage October 3

Podcast: Two unaffiliated groups -- Tony Justice and company's ELD or Me, and the Texas-headquartered Operation Black and Blue -- share details for ELD mandate protests coalescing around a beginning date of October 3.

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Open letter from Larry Klimek Trucking urging reps to delay ELD mandate

The Grand Island, Neb.-based small fleet urges Congress and the President to stand with Rep. Brian Babin's H.R. 3283 ELD delay bill, after a similar measure was defeated when it was attempted as an amendment to an appropriations bill.

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POLL: What should ultimately happen with DACA?

With former President Obama's executive order establishing the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, 800,000 undocumented immigrants brought here as children were shielded from deportation. Trump is phasing out the program -- what should happen next, whether Congressional action, an administrative reversal or nothing at all?

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On a Hurricane Harvey relief mission with owner-operator Bill Ater

Landstar-leased owner-operator Bill Ater had his "feet in the starting blocks, hands on the floor" and was "waiting on the starting shot" when we talked Tuesday, August 29, for this Overdrive Radio podcast, staged in South Texas for relief shuttles associated with Hurricane Harvey.

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Don Cuddeback shows how to avoid a head-on collision

Watch: Headed toward the last stop before his ultimate destination, Fraley & Schilling driver Cuddeback was on an "access road to the plant," a pretty narrow road, and "coming around a curve here come some lights lined up square with my truck." ...

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POLL: What was your level of mechanical experience when you started as an owner-op?

Owner-operators, when you launched your business, what level of mechanical knowledge and/or experience did you have -- whether the required basic knowledge or more in-depth professional experience or education?

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Rebuilding: From bulk dedicated to a base of direct flatbed customers with owner-op Tim Klaus

On Overdrive Radio: Flatbedder Tim Klaus re-entered trucking and found himself at the center of the natural gas drilling boom, hauling frac sand. It dried up earlier for him than for many, and since then he's made several moves in freight, trailer spec and more to build a core of direct customers to keep brokered loads to a minimum.

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