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Seeking recommendations for wormhole repair

"I think we need some wormhole repair around this joint. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and the day before yesterday was Easter, right?"

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Roundup: A source of supposed DOT ‘bot attack’; The ‘fatbergs’ clogging the regs swamp

Source of supposed "bot" attack on regulatory reform comments identified. And transport attorney Henry Seaton's talk at NASTC's annual meeting identifies safety-rating, hours and other issues as principal fatbergs to clear in regs-reform efforts.

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A potential role for cameras and wearables in regulating drowsy driving

Until very recently, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has largely ignored fatigue monitoring technology, and therefore any potential it has for a significant revision of the hours of service. Instead, regulators for decades have tinkered with the hours of service as if it were a magic template to solve the fatigue problem for every individual in every trucking application. Anyone familiar with trucking’s diverse operations and their  infinite disrupters knows this to be a pipe ...

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Things that aren’t in the news, but should be

"The same people who don't hesitate to sit in the fuel island for 30 minutes will lose their mind trying to get out of the parking lot. It's like a switch is flipped from 'Nope, not moving,' to 'GOTTAGOFAST!' (The first person to blame this on ELDs gets a throat chop.)" ...

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Chuck Timbrook’s ‘Black Out’ vets-support rig now available at 1/32 scale

Regular readers will recall owner-operator Chuck Timbrook's now-famous military veterans-support "Black Out" 1999 Freightliner -- a scale model of the unit is now available, produced by the New-Ray model manufacturer.

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Spotted salamander for a thousand, Alex

"Rest easy, Pennsylvania. Your concerns as a constituency are 100 percent being met in the salamander department by the gubmint, because they're here to help. Salamanders. Truckers, not so much."

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Flatbed operators prospering as economy rebounds

Through September, flatbedder clients of ATBS had net income of $51,602. Even though miles driven did not change much during the first three quarters, net income per mile rose dramatically each quarter, indicating rapidly rising rates: 67.3 cents per mile, 74.7 cpm and 81.7 cpm.

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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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And just what a-‘bot’ that amateur-hour advocacy group

As reports surface of "bots" commenting on regs, Wendy expresses doubt, with humility: "I'm just part of that 'amateur-hour' advocacy group who didn't nonetheless make a 'rookie mistake' by encouraging 'bots' to do a job people need to be doing themselves with genuine, applicable, relevant information to have any credibility."

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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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