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How to avoid need for bail money: Richard Miller’s comment of the week (about, well, what else?)

Who says truckers don't have a sense of humor on the subject of the ELD mandate? ... And: Crowd-sourcing state enforcement plans -- we've heard from some states who won't be writing ELD noncompliance tickets until April 1, just marking violations. If you've heard, what's your state's plan?

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The ‘ELD money grab’ we won’t print

And: Texas House rep uses the #ELDorME hastag in House-floor plea for a 90-day ELD extension.

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Audio mailbag: Truckers’ voices raised against the ELD mandate with less than a week left

When it comes to rules and regulations, the ELD mandate may well go down in history as the most protested in FMCSA’s history. As the enforcement deadline bears down, truckers around the nation sound off. Also: What does the ELD mandate have to do with the moon and Mars? ...

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RJ Taylor, trucker and founder of Ol’Blue, USA, has passed at age 75

RJ Taylor's 1950s Ol'Blue KW was part of the bedrock under his Ol'Blue, USA nonprofit -- the USA stood for United Safety Alliance, his own self-styled effort, working with a multiplicity of partners, to teach road safety to schoolchildren and the motoring public and bring together truckers and law enforcement.

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A reader on the ELD mandate: Enough is enough

"Having an ELD in our trucks is not going to make anyone safer. This mandate is only going to cause more problems than this industry and the general public need." --Phylisia P. Compton, G and L Expedited Transport Services

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Meet Anthony Fox, owner-caretaker of this original Rubber Duck 1970 Mack RS700 ‘Convoy’ movie combo

Video: Showcasing 20-truck tanker fleet owner Anthony Fox of Rome, Ga., proud owner and caretaker of the piece of history that is one of the original 1970 Macks used in the classic "Convoy" trucking film of the 1970s -- better yet, it's attached to an also-original Trailmobile tank also using in the Sam Peckinpah flick.

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Carriers’ ‘magic eraser’ role in compounding uncompensated-detention issue: Rico Muhammad on the e-log shift

As a trade-off for the ultimate hassle of mandated e-logs, in this Overdrive Radio podcast Muhammad's hopeful owner-operators can both individually and collectively use the change as a cudgel to their advantage when dealing with brokers, shippers, receivers ... anyone who would insist on wasting drivers' time.

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E-log antipathy ‘not all about the money’: Readers respond ‘around the dunk tank’ to Wes Memphis’ latest

The pseudonymous Memphis noted his Friday positing of the possibility of a "new golden age of trucking" -- if imposed ELDs actually limit available hours in a fashion they aren't already limited post-December 18 toward substantially better rates, income (hardly a certainty) -- was "getting some good comments around the dunk tank." ...

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‘Maybe OOIDA was on to something’ with ‘Run Compliant’ campaign: Wes Memphis stares down another good income year on e-logs

Wes Memphis returns with cautiously optimistic thinking about ELDs: "Maybe, if we constrict the amount of miles that are collectively available, rates will soar and we will see a new golden age of trucking." Or not.

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‘It just keeps happening in the Notch’: Truckers, beware Vermont route 108

The notorious Smuggler's Notch route continues to snare tractor-trailers blindly following GPS despite recent 20x fine increases -- says a reader familiar withthe area: "Any large vehicle" attempting the route, "especially any tractor trailer, is doomed."

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