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Ohio small fleet providing tornado relief

Buddy Allen of the 15-truck New Era Trucking fleet in North Ridgeville, Ohio, is calling on Northeast Ohio residents to help fill a 53-foot dry van's worth of non-perishable food, water and other goods to haul south to assist residents affected by last week's tornadoes. WKYC-TV News Channel 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported yesterday on Allen's effort, to which he'll dedicated a rig in his fleet and all associated transport costs. Click on the image ...

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A message from Randall-Reilly president

The below comes from Overdrive and Truckers News publisher Randall-Reilly's president and CEO Mike Reilly (pictured), a good man I've gotten to know over my years with the magazines. Thankfully, all Tuscaloosa- and other Southeast-based Randall-Reilly employees survived the storm. My thoughts continue to be with, as Mike well puts it, "many in our community and other areas of the Southeast have not been so fortunate." Reilly's message follows: A message to our Randall-Reilly friends: We ...

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Penske Logistics IndyCar debuts third; ‘Trucker bombs’ a misnomer, police say

Penske Logistics IndyCar debuts in third A Penske Logistics-sponsored IndyCar, driven by Ryan Briscoe, made a position 4 start and no. 3 finish yesterday in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300, presented by Nestle, on the exciting street track in the Brazilian capital. The new car's shown here undregoing "final preparations for shipment to Brazil at the world famous Penske Racing facility in Mooresville, N.C." Itaipava Sao Paulo was the debut race for the No. 6 Penske Logistics-branded ...

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Tornado caught on owner-operators’ webcam

Owner-operators Randy Moyano and Ann Burt (pictured) run in a 1998 Peterbilt pulling a Fontaine RGN with Superior stinger axle for heavy/overdimensional loads, leased to Greentree Transportation. I met the pair a week ago today in Lebanon, Tenn., where I took this picture. They were deadheading west then all the way to Oklahoma to pick up an oversize load that would take them back to North Carolina. By Wednesday morning this week, they were stopped ...

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Braving the storm — two haulers’ Birmingham tornado stories

"I just spent all day yesterday cleaning up tornado damage," Overdrive Trucker of the Year Dan Heister told me this morning. Heister (pictured) was loaded heading south on I-65 bound for Saginaw, Ala., Wednesday afternoon, when he could see the big tornado that made its way into Cullman, Ala., around 3 p.m. that afternoon. "I kept the hammer down and got about four miles south of it" before it made the interstate, he says, then kept ...

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CSA: Compliance plus or safety politics?

Below, a new vid below from my reporting on the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program. But first, a note about the storms that ripped through the Southeast yesterday, with a particularly large tornado moving straight through the southern part of Tuscaloosa, Ala., the town where Overdrive and Truckers News offices are located. I'm based off-site in Nashville, so my read on the situation there is from afar, but I'm happy to report at least that the ...

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Popular Mechanics seeks ‘Worst Road’ nominations

Make your voice heard! No, I'm not talking about the proposed mandate of electronic onboard recorders for hours of service compliance (for more about that: comments are open through May 23). Popular Mechanics editors are seeking out the "worst road in the USA," they say at the magazine's website. Who better to nominate it than the truckers of the USA? We well know -- Overdrive's own Highway Report Card survey for more than a decade ...

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Freight on your smartphone: TransCore app on the way

Coming in just a couple weeks is the My DAT Truck Stop app (pictured) from freight matching service provider TransCore, operator of the oldest load-board service out there in the DAT boards. My DAT will be initially released for Android phones, providing drivers and owner-operators up to 25 nearby loads per search from Transcore’s DAT network, in addition to convenient access to truckstop information, alternative parking data and point of interest info. “There’s a call button integrated ...

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The great tomato heist — Cargo thieves still operating in plain sight

I missed this report from the New York Times a week and a half back, about a sophisticated cargo-theft ring operating a seemingly legitimate trucking company in Florida, with a twist. The freight targeted wasn't consumer electronics or cigarettes or pharmaceuticals. "The high price of produce, especially for tomatoes after the deep winter freezes," reporter William Neuman leads the Times piece, "has attracted more than heightened attention from consumers. A ring of sophisticated vegetable bandits ...

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EOBRs controversy over the national airwaves missing extant/emerging solutions

Wednesday, National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program ran this piece on the issue of the proposed federal mandate for electronic on-board recorder use for hours-of-service monitoring. If it goes into effect, virtually all interstate haulers will be required to use an EOBR for logs. You can still comment on the proposed EOBR rule, through May 23. In the NPR piece, owner-operator Terry Button is featured (click the photo thumbnail of him here, by Maggie Starbard, for ...

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