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As more states move toward legalizing marijuana, it remains off limits for truckers

In one of the first laws of its kind, Maine has enacted rules that forbid the state’s employers from firing employees or refusing job applicants for testing positive for marijuana use. Do these laws and broader marijuana legalization efforts have any bearing on trucking's driver drug screening policies?

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‘Should have planned better’ only goes so far when road realities are at play

As so many owner-operators have noted in past, "planning better" will only get you so far when it comes to ELDs, a 14-hour rule with rigid ends and little opportunity to extend it or stop it for mid-period rest. Owner-operator Mark Kirbyson, in this latest edition of Overdrive Radio, concurs wholeheartedly.

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Interstates closed in Louisiana, hours waivers issued in Alabama as South braces for winter weather

The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development has closed I-49 near Shreveport and near the Arkansas state line, along with I-220 near Shreveport, due to ice on the roadways.

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Kenworth, Peterbilt recall trucks with certain Eaton, Paccar transmissions; Wabash, Walker recall trailers

More than 1,200 Kenworth and Peterbilt tractors are being recalled following the announcement last week of a recall from Eaton Cummins of certain automated manual transmissions. Additionally, Walker and Wabash are recalling approximately 75 trailers in separate recalls.

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Truck, trailer orders surge as trucking economy heats up

The bullish freight market in recent months -- and the productivity restrictions brought by the electronic logging device mandate -- have orders for new trucks and trailers surging. While those orders are a response to the tight truck market, they also indicate that freight movement will likely hold strong throughout the year, in line with forecasts that trucking capacity will be tested in the coming months. 

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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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Pilot Flying J opens new location in Colorado, reopens another in Indiana

A new Pilot Flying J with 34 parking spaces has opened in Lamar, Colo., and a newly remodeled Pilot has opened in Remington, Indiana.

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POLL: Less-than-upstanding dealings with freight brokers: What have you experienced most?

From a meager truck-ordered-not-used payment after a conveniently "cancelled" load to late payment, no payment and having to file on a bond for hopes of payment, name your most-often-experienced frustration when dealing with freight brokers.

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Telemedicine, walk-in truck stop clinics can keep drivers rolling when sick

When you’re ill far from home, finding a local doc often isn’t practical, and getting sicker doesn’t cut it. Now there are better remedies for remote care.

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DOT forming policy to ‘remove barriers’ of autonomous vehicle deployment

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao on Wednesday announced the U.S. DOT is seeking public input on policies to hasten the deployment of self-driving trucks, buses and passenger cars, including vehicles that require no human input to operate.

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