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Irish truckers report on South Korean truckers’ strike

An estimated 80 percent of the 380,000 total South Korean truckers were reported to have gone on strike "demanding the introduction of standard freight charges, a 30 percent rise in transportation fees and revised laws on labour rights," reported the (you're hearing right) Irish Trucker Magazine. News travels faster than on-highway rigs, eh? Platts reports the truckers are striking over high fuel prices, demanding further government subsidies. According to the Korea Herald, the stoppage comes on ...

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Have you seen this custom truck lately?

A look back here a few years to the Custom Rigs magazine vid of Doug Fisher's The Gambler 2007 Peterbilt 379 Legacy edition, which among other features sports of an actual shotgun as the shifter and a signature by none other than the original Gambler himself, Kenny Rogers. A commenter on the vid at our YouTube channel recalled seeing the truck up in Manitoba some time back, and dropped this interesting tidbit: "It was being sold ...

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LETTER: Kudos, more maintenance please!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate everyone and everything they do at Overdrive. I can't tell you how much I enjoy getting your magazine in the mail each month. My wife has learned over the years that every time I come home to a new issue she can expect to be by herself again for the next couple of hours while I pour over each and ...

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World’s Toughest Trucker contestants at Great West

Drivers Jason Johnson and William Carlos "L.A. Rookie" Weekley (pictured) will be joining representatives of the Truck It Smart load matching service at their booth in Las Vegas at the Great West Truck Show, beginning Thursday. Not only have both drivers proven they can hang hauling loads in the Australian Outback and in the Himalayas, among other locales on Discovery Channel's competitive "World's Toughest Trucker" series, but they also have no problem piloting air boats, ...

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Defining ‘gobbledygook’ with driver Sandy Long

Missouri-based Weston Transportation driver Sandy Long, blogging here, this morning laid down a primer for owner-operators and drivers on the term gobbledygook, defined by Wester's as "wordy and generally unintelligible jargon." She found some examples of it in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's postponed proposal (from last year) to mandate electronic onboard recorders for nearly all interstate truckers. The agency more or less admits that its harping on "fatigue" is something of a self-reinforcing factor ...

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Heat: Your tires’ No. 1 enemy

The folks at GITI Tire reminded us of this in their most recent newsletter, citing an article from the Saturday Evening Post that estimated 80 percent of tire failures were due to underinflation -- the article appeared in 1928, and "nothing has changed," the company said. It's a no-brainer, really, but how many times have you neglected to hit that inside tire in a dual pair with a needed dose of air because you were in ...

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Owner-operator on a fuel-economy test run

In May independent Albert Transport owner-operator Henry Albert participated in a test run of the 2014 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution (pictured) to track and compare its fuel-efficiency against an EPA 2010-compliant Cascadia. We reported about the test just last week. This week, he's been sharing results of this unique experience over on his blog as part of Freightliner's Slice of Life program -- offering windows into owner-operators' experiences with their Cascadia model updates. Albert was tapped to ...

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‘7 deadly lot lizards’ infographic raises image questions

A satirical infographic detailing the so-called "7 Deadly Lot Lizards" from the folks at Trucker to Trucker.com has me pondering the dynamics that make just this sort of thing possible. I won't repost it here, but you can take a look at it on their site (or click through the truncated thumbnail at right). Among the "lizards" identified are the CB Chameleon, who "prefers to do business from afar," and the Knocking Skink (pictured), whom the ...

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Are you a natural gas truck owner-operator?

Overdrive's brand-new June issue features our quarterly section devoted to the severe service niche that's heavy this time around on coverage of natural-gas-powered engine technology, leading with the story of a Chicago ready-mix concrete outfit that's put down big investments in natural gas Kenworth W900s. Check out the section in the digital magazine via this link, or read it in html here. As fleets try out the new natural gas powertrains, as our sister magazine CCJ ...

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Channel 19’s Friday trucking news quiz

A brief quiz on the week's news -- play yourself! Post answers in the comments here then go back through the past week's blog entries to check your results. Get all five without cheating? You might be my best reader. 4: A Channel 19 regular, no doubt. 3: Thanks for reading! 2: Where have you been? 1: You know, you really could look into feeding the blog into your mobile RSS reader. 0: Um, mind ...

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