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July 2019

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36 | Overdrive | July 2019 BY MATT COLE T he annual Great American Trucking Show returns to Dallas this summer at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. The Aug. 22-24 show will include owner-operator business seminars, Overdrive's Pride & Polish custom truck show, the Overdrive-Red Eye Radio Trucker Talent Search sing-off finale and other entertaining and informative offerings. Free offsite truck parking will be supplemented by free shuttles and evening music. This year's show will have a strong component of federal regulatory updates from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The agency will hold one-hour sessions Thursday and Saturday on one of the two GATS stages. Also, a two-hour listening session, includ- ing an update from Administrator Ray Martinez, will be held at 10 a.m. Friday in a meeting room. Among other GATS stage pre- sentations, one will address the transition from automatic onboard recording devices to electronic log- ging devices. Those grandfathered in with AOBRDs have until Dec. 17 to change to ELDs. A truck parking presentation will reveal the results of a driver survey that highlights the states with the biggest parking problems, along with possible solutions. In Trucking's Top Rookie pro- gram, produced by Overdrive sister brand Truckers News, one winning driver will take home the top prize of $10,000, and nine finalists will receive $1,000 each, among other prizes. The program recognizes driv- ers with less than one year of experi- ence who have demonstrated safety and excellent performance. Overdrive's Partners in Business program for aspiring and existing owner-operators will present four one-hour sessions over the Friday and Saturday of GATS. The program, produced by Overdrive and ATBS, the nation's leading financial services provider for owner-operators, is sponsored by TBS Factoring Service. ATBS will present two seminars each day. One will feature a panel of leading owner-operators sharing their best practices. In the other, A FOCUS ON FUN – AND BUSINESS Max Heine Todd Dills The Stone Creek Four band, shown backing Heniff Transportation driver and singer Brad James last year, will return for the truck parking entertainment lineup. FMCSA Administrator Ray Martinez will participate in one of the agency's sessions that will update attendees on regulatory developments.

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