Roadside Attractions

Take it to another channel

"Here's the deal: talk all you want. Spout all the hate you want. Talk about your cat or your toenails or your mother's underwear, but take it to another channel. Channel 19 is not your own personal radio station."

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Awesome trucks and the fruits of debate: Two events upcoming

Round-up of two events upcoming: the big 2nd Annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention meeting Oct. 27-28 and the ATHS Cookeville, Tenn., truck show Sept. 27-28.

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What’s cool about being a truck driver? Video contest details

The Minnesota Trucking Association is holding a video contest offering $1,000 to the winning entry that best answers the question "What would be cool about being a truck driver?"

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Diesel exhaust listed by WHO as cancer causing agent

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization, has formally categorized diesel exhaust as cancer-causing but fails to recognize advancements in diesel technology in the developed world.

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Birds of a feather: Trucking tweeps @OverdriveUpdate

We found these followers of Overdrive’s Twitter feed to have intriguing self-descriptions. Upon closer examination, their tweets seemed like something you might want to read, too. Follow @OverdriveUpdate at twitter.com for daily news and views updates. @drury1150 Ex-trucker John Drury recently left the road after dancing his way to losing 100 pounds, and he’s poised to “make a difference in trucking,” as a recent tweet noted. He hosts Big John’s Dance Fitness Hour zumba classes around ...

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ATTN brokers: Poll on broker bond being circulated

The Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents is circulating a poll on LinkedIn meat to probe thoughts of current members of the Transportation Intermediaries Association on the highway bill measure to increase the minimum broker surety bond requirement to $75,000. We reported on the measure as it was in conference between House and Senate and set to raise the bond to $100,000, an amount both the TIA and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association favored. The AIPBA ...

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Speaking urinal cakes: Next step in hours enforcement?

Is it fair to call the Department of Transportation's approach to hours enforcement a bit heavy-handed of late, what with FMCSA's (not to mention Congress') pursuit of an EOBR mandate, flexibility-reducing hours changes and the like? Here's hoping they don't resort to the tactics some Michigan establishments, at the behest of the State Police, deployed in advance of the July 4 holiday. According to this story by Tom Greenwood in the Detroit News, the pictured urinal ...

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Cell-phone jamming technology in your cab?

Much has been made of the inability and/or difficulty of state enforcement of the Department of Transportation's nationwide ban on handheld cellphone use behind the wheel. Last I've written about it you can find here and here. In the story at the former of those links, reader Martin GrosecIose put forward the notion that combating distraction among the general public on the roadways was getting to the point where it's just too little too late ...

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Union campaign to boost inspection dollars tars truckers

Can you imagine your state's government employees resorting to something like this? The image here is of a billboard, among other similar ads that are part of a campaign being waged by British Columbia, Canada's weigh-station inspection force for more funding, attempting to exploit the general public's supposed fear of Class 8 on-highway trucks. The Canadian Today's Trucking publication has a great story about the effort, spearheaded by the B.C. Government and Employees Union -- and North ...

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Jabin Bogan’s Mexico entry re-enacted

The latest news, from AP reporter Juan Carlos Llorca in El Paso, Texas, notes that on July 5, U.S. truck driver Jabin Bogan's defense team gathered with local officials, prosecutors (which is trying Bogan on smuggling charges) and experts to "reenact" the alleged wrong turn that saw Bogan enter Mexico with a load of surplus ammunition bound for Phoenix Unfortunately, last week was a long-planned week off for myself and family and I missed the news ...

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