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Business outlook trending pessimistic in the new year for owner-operators

And ... a few late Christmas wishes from a variety of owner-operators on Overdrive's Facebook page, with their rigs dressed up for the holiday last week. . .

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A view on the rise in clean inspections, from a state where they’re fairly uncommon

In our annual CSA's Data Trail analysis, Indiana state ranks 10th this year in clean inspections, with less than a third of their total inspections having come out entirely violation-free over the course of calendar year 2016. But look at improvement in truckers' favor in that metric, and you'll see that Indiana is one of just a few states that improved in that particular metric by more than 50 percent over the preceding year.

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Gather ’round the fire …

Four years ago around this time of the year, Overdrive asked readers to name the "best Christmas song of all time." From a big list, readers then voted on a final top list -- these songs represent the results, from bottom to top. Merry Christmas.

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‘E-logs will cure everything, right?’

What they won't cure, from hours violations incurred while passing full truck stop after full truck stop to overheated communication with inspectors to the sense of pride most longtime truckers take in their professional record. Also: ELD-specific enforcement update, OOIDA portal for any tickets received.

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Brave new trucking world: Talking ELD angst, adjustment with Gary Buchs; plus Wes Memphis’ latest

Owner-operator Gary Buchs: Trucking "didn't die" on December 18. "It just changed, and with every change there’s opportunity." This Overdrive Radio edition runs through what the Landstar-leased owner-operator feels could be effective owner-operator strategy in the weeks and months ahead.

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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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