Blogs

14-hour, ELD reform should be top priority for new FMCSA administrator, readers say

Readers delivered on our call for viewpoint on just where the next FMCSA administrator's priorities should sit -- the electronic logging device mandate stood out, with views toward hours of service reform with an emphasis on greater split-sleeper flexibility a primary theme.

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ELDs not alone in driving up rates

These factors indeed point to a capacity crunch – Noel Perry predicts it happening between March and July – that clearly exceeds the market’s typical ups and downs.

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The rattiest of rat rods

"The rat rods have my full attention. I finally found a show truck no one cares if I touch. And these things are something else, let me tell you. They might not be shiny, but they're sure as heck interesting."

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Congressional low-hanging fruit for the Babin ELD delay bill, and a real shortage in Puerto Rico

Recall the House Freedom Caucus, which called for review/repeal of a myriad of regs (ELD mandate included) as Trump came into office? These caucus members voted against the recent delay amendment. And: An actual shortage of haulers in Puerto Rico in Hurricane Maria's aftermath.

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As ornery as Texas is wide

“I hope his wife don't kill him for it.” --Wendy's words a year ago -- fast-forward to today and "ol' Tex Crowley is definitely not dead (shout out to the beautiful and patient wife) or driving a truck again. He's still crazy, but that's why he's survived the first year in a brand-new, self-started video business."

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Second look at a Pride & Polish champ in Joe Regalado’s ‘Blue’ 2000 379/end dump combo

Take a video tour through Von Ormy, Texas-based Jarco Transport small fleet owner Joe Regalado's custom 2000 Peterbilt 379 and 2018 Armor Lite end dump, the trailer newly customized to match the tractor. 'Blue' continued her winning ways at GATS this year.

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No. 9 with the Bossman: Guilty by Association show wraps in Missouri

The ninth Guilty by Association Truck Show is in the books, and if 'Bossman' Bryan Martin and 4 State Trucks crew keep breaking records, this show is going to spill over from Missouri on into Oklahoma. Rat rods, custom showpieces, 500-plus working trucks, the Special Olympics convoy and more.

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Voices on the call for a shutdown starting October 3

This week’s edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast takes a run through the mailbag following last week’s conversations with organizers of two ELD mandate protest actions set to take place in Washington, D.C., beginning Oct. 3.

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Appearances matter

"We're fighting some very public battles as an industry these days. It never hurts to spiff up your image a little while engaging with the press, or the public, or the shippers and receivers, for that matter."

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Craig Krumpton’s retirement project 1971 Kenworth W900 and classic 1980s Double Eagle sleeper

Another beauty I came across at the Southern Classic Truck Show, owned by retired Craig Krumpton of West Columbia, S.C. Krumpton picked this 1971 Kenworth W900 in 2008. Its original owner-operator team hauled in it through the mid-1990s, and it still bears their original paint and features in large part.

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