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Getting around ‘Truckermageddon'; American Trucker season 2 ‘gets hardcore’

California 'Carmageddon' also a 'Truckermageddon'? NBC Los Angeles ran this report on truckers' plans for avoiding the I-405 shutdown this weekend -- the 405 will be shut down northbound in a 10-mile stretch between I-10 and U.S. 101. The southbound closure will begin at U.S. 101 and extend four miles to the Getty Center Drive ramps. On Friday, the closure will begin at certain on-ramps as early as 7 p.m., and closure of freeway lanes will ...

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Truck parking casualties of the Minnesota government shutdown

As if drivers and owner-operators didn't have enough parking problems, the government shutdown in Minnesota will make it at least a wee bit -- if not more than that, of course -- more difficult to find a decent spot if taking off-duty rest in the state's borders. Monday, a state judge denied the Minnesota Trucking Association's petition to keep the rest areas open, stating that, according to the MTA, rest area operations were "non-critical government ...

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uShip’s Charles Myers details commercial freight online-auction opportunities, future

The online-auction model of the uShip.com system for retail freight is entering the commercial arena. Their new General Manager of Freight, Charles Myers (pictured), like you, is a veteran of that arena. While he’s most recently served in freight projects in China, his background also includes the Presidency of commercial load board service GetLoaded.com. “I’ve been around quite a while in the transportation industry,” Myers says. “I started with the Alabama Public Service Commission in ...

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Cast your final vote for the top trucking song of all time

You will recall I asked for top trucking song nominations oh a couple-few weeks back. Well, from said nominations, I took the top ten contenders, those with the most mentions, and have put together a final poll where you can cast your vote. That poll's here. Vote! And I know, I know, many clear contenders have been left out. KRVN trucking radio host Big Al Weekley alone lists more than 30 trucking songs among the all-time ...

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More tornado aid coming from the trucking industry

It keeps coming. If you missed the feature on the trucking industry's response to this spring's horrendous series of devastating tornadoes in Truckers News' current issue by Caroline Taylor, click through this picture from the magazine (taken in the city of the magazine's headquarters, Tuscaloosa, Ala.) for the full feature. Since it was written, various other companies have teamed up to offer various forms of aid, including Shell Oil Co. in Joplin, Mo. Shell teamed up ...

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Report: FMCSA wants to release driver safety data

The agency is seeking increased regulatory authority over drivers via the next highway reauthorization bill, GAO says.

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New load board hopes to facilitate O/O-shipper connections

Valerie Hemmings is the spouse of an owner-operator running under his own authority -- she recently wrote in with something of a plea for owner-operators to stand together for better rates, with the ultimate goal of eliminating the many permutations of middlemen in the ultimate carrier-shipper transaction. "Owner/Operators," she wrote, are "gasping for financial air because of the middlemen like brokers, agents and double-brokerage side-line agents, and fake brokers who pretend to own several trucks ...

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Revisiting one owner-operator’s ‘No apology campaign’

It's more proactive attitude than reactive defiance, says Florida-based owner-operator Tim Philmon, leased to Landstar -- and let's just say for the record that I jumped the shark in my last post when I said I'd see you July 5: this one's for Independence Day, no doubt about it. Philmon's "No Apology Campaign" can be thought of as a personal clarion call for a kind of owner-operator solidarity in hard-nosed independence, necessary, he contends, to ...

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Worth more than 78 words

Custom Rigs Editor Bruce W. Smith took this fanciful pic of three hot haulers at the Shell SuperRigs event June 2-4 at the Kenly 95 Petro in Kenly, N.C., this year. The flattop's hauling gallon jugs of Shell Rotella products, the Big Lonestar a company display trailer. The mid-size Lonestar lookalike, well, you can check it out in action, below. Off to the model-truck go-kart races! Happy weekend of the Fourth, everyone. Catch you back ...

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Mustang’s Trucking at the tattoo parlor

Last time we checked in with Overdrive 2010 Trucker of the Year Mike Crawford it was on the occasion of the death of his longtime trucking companion in his dog, Fred. This time round, Crawford stopped on his way through Nashville for a brief talk and photo shoot. Crawford, who recently got his DOT authority -- note the "Mustang's Truckin'" emblem on his 1994 Freightliner's door -- and went out on his own hauling dedicated ...

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