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Mintu Pandher’s small fleet success in fuel hauling, truck-stop ownership

Small fleet owner Mintu Pandher, who came to the U.S. with his parents in 1999, followed the growth in oil drilling into independence as an owner-operator. His Akal Energy small fleet grew fairly quickly over several years with contracts with some fuel providers, running out of Laramie, Wyo.

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Independence basics: Binda Atwal’s attractions to trucking

It's the income possibilities owner-operator Binda Atwal names as his principal attraction to trucking, for his young family – Atwal and his wife are the proud parents of two children, a four- and one-year-old.

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Into the limelight: Sikh truckers in America

Sikhs have been a growing part of America’s professional driver force for three decades. Though there are tens of thousands in trucking, non-Sikh counterparts have little information and a lot of misconceptions about them -- the ELD protests began to change that.

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Round-up: Best safety device — you; Answering an ELD-exemption question

No safety tech can be an effective substitute for the ship captain: "No matter how fancy , no matter how new, the best safety device in your truck is you." --Reader Paul Maine ALSO: Isolated farm-equipment haul prompts ELD mandate question.

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ELD mandate enforcement, by state

Updating shorter lists that ran in January, this map shows states that have confirmed their ELD-mandate enforcement intentions ahead of April 1, whether they will not be writing citations or leaving it up to the individual inspector.

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Some states aren’t enforcing the ELD mandate yet simply because they can’t

Some states won’t be writing citations or tickets for non compliance with the ELD mandate because, legally, they can’t.

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Fuel prices, post-ELD pressure sustain elevated rate picture on spot market

Rising fuel costs, topping $3/gal. nationally in recent weeks, have added pressure on freight rates, slowing their seasonal decline a bit. But the bigger story remains a capacity crunch that’s put truckers in the driver's seat on rates, partly a result of proliferating ELDs.

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ELD mandate meets reality

Increasingly, mandated ELDs are highlighting inadequacies of the hours of service rule. But "rules are rules," note watchers. Regarding the wiggle room that drivers enjoyed with paper logs, there is no quick tweaking of hours today in the cards that would restore that unofficial flexibility.

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Truckers sound off in favor of OOIDA’s ELD exemption request

The exemption, if granted, would apply to small businesses (those with up to $27.5 million a year in revenue) who have no at-fault crashes on their record and who have a “Satisfactory” or “Conditional” safety rating. The comment period closes Thursday, Feb. 1, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

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Grassroots advocacy, redux — more on last week’s meetings in Congressional offices

Talking with Va.-based HHG-hauling owner-operator Dave McCauley about the meeting he initiated with Senator Ted Cruz, attended by truckers from different groups and locales -- he urges drivers to do similar: "Go talk to these people. They put their pants on the same way we do in the morning."

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