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‘Don’t work more for less’ is reader Tom Hall’s message on hours, ELDs

"A specialty equipment hauler once asked me just why some steel haulers will 'haul 20,000 pounds overloaded for $1 a hundred when I make as much or more money hauling 40,000-pound legal loads at $2 a hundred?'" --Tom Hall on the scrum over income, pay, ELDs, hours and more. Hall views forcing pay for all time worked as a solution to many issues.

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Readers respond to the passing of OOIDA President Jim Johnston with condolences, memories

Some words of condolence and recollection came in response to both the news of the passing of -- in the words of one reader -- "a trucker's trucker," longtime OOIDA President and Cofounder Jim Johnston.

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Business base: Mechanical experience before buying the truck

While knowledge of the working systems of the truck is required of an CDL driver, there’s no replacement for maintenance experience when it comes to hands-on know-how to save on repairs by doing them yourself, or knowing when not to.

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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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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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An ELD rate boost? Maybe, but look out for the safety banana peel

"The real tragedy is the runaway economic and safety burden will fall on an unsuspecting public at a time when economic stress has been at an all-time high since the Great Depression." --reader and truck owner Gary Carlisle

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Trucking: Like father, like son

Daughter, too. 7 in every 10 of Overdrive's mostly owner-operator readers, whether male or female, reported having descended from a trucking father, in some form or another.

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Four generations of fathers, sons power Penn.-based R.W. Smith Trucking

With Father's Day coming up, a question: Is/was your father involved in trucking, too? And: A guest profile of and "salute to a company "that’s been led for 85 years by successive generations of fathers and sons," Penn.-based R.W. Smith Trucking. 

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Readers’ name suggestions for trucking image campaign’s ‘mascot’

Among more than a few sarcastic name suggestions like Aaron Johnson's "'Super Trucker,' since everyone that comes out of trucking school thinks they are the best of the best," some readers proffered more serious ideas for the folks behind the Trucking Moves America Forward campaign.

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Majority of drivers are opposed to federal approval for hair-sample testing for drugs

While such testing has long been sought by a variety of mostly large carrier interests, a slight majority of Overdrive readers oppose the move to hair testing, objecting to the privacy intrusion they believe it represents.

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