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Podcast: What do state laws on marijuana mean for truckers?

States laws on marijuana use increasingly at odds with federal law. Some states, like Maine, have forbid employers from firing workers for testing positive for marijuana. Do these laws have any bearing on trucking and, specifically, drivers? Listen here to see what trucking industry reps say on the issue.

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Grassroots efforts continue around ELD mandate, hours of service flexibility

Wednesday, January 17, a group of truckers took a meeting with United States Senator Ted Cruz in order to press concerns over the Department of Transportation's electronic logging device mandate and the current hours of service rule. 

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Conditions ripe for driver pay hikes as tight market, tax cuts could force carriers’ hand

The corporate tax cut in the tax reform package delivers "real money," in the words of one FTR analyst, "so it’s a real opportunity" for driver pay growth. "I’d expect drivers will say ... 'OK, corporate America, this is what you asked for. Now it’s time to give back.'"

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FMCSA fielding comments on hours changes for ag haulers, personal conveyance guidance until mid-Feb.

FMCSA has extended the comment period for its proposal to expand ag haulers' hours of service exemption, along with its proposal to slightly alter personal conveyance guidance.

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FMCSA issuing brief ELD waiver to short-term rental trucks, exempts motion picture haulers

The U.S. DOT has announced it won’t start requiring the use of electronic logging devices for short-term rental trucks, defined as 30 days or less, until March 18. Also, 6,500 drivers who haul equipment for TV and movie productions will be exempt from the ELD mandate for at least five years.

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Prepass, Oregon programs now interoperable for bypass

PrePass carriers that operate in Oregon can now allow their transponders to be enrolled in and utilize Oregon’s state-operated Green Light weigh station bypass system at 21 facilities throughout the state, with a waiver of Prepass' data privacy policy.

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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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‘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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‘Here’s to causing a crisis’: Is there a shutdown going on?

Those were among the words of independent owner-operator Brita Nowak, who's closed her one-truck business in part in protest of the 14-hour rule's inflexibility, combined with the new record-keeping reality of the ELD mandate.

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