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‘Uberization of Trucking’ reality more complicated than the hype

"Uberized'' tech start-ups in load matching may be "missing the complexity of most freight moves and will lose a lot in the translation because of that." --John Larkin of Stifel

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Where driving jobs have arisen since 1978

Whatever the extent of any "driver shortage," you wouldn’t think there is one by checking a National Public Radio report by Quoctrung Bui that traces the most common jobs in every state since 1978. The data not only highlights trends about trucking jobs, but also reveals aspects of the broader economy over almost four decades. In 1978, the U.S. Census Bureau category that includes truck drivers was the most common job category in nine states. An interactive U.S. ...

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Surly Long-Haul Trucker spotted, and: How many ‘professional’ scare quotes can you get in a letter?

The magic number is four, if a letter to a Wyoming paper about supposed dangerous drivers around the TA in Cheyenne is any indication. And: more two-wheeled transport on the long road.

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Roundup: The WSJ, again — CARB rule a ‘scam’; A night on the Pacific in Cali.

The Wall Street Journal lays into the California Air Resources Board's Truck & Bus Rule for diesel trucks -- the most significant mainstream criticism yet. And: Jim Wright's Pacific idyll of a layover.

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‘Trucking boom’ in driver pay, says the WSJ

Driver pay on the rise, according to a new Wall Street Journal story. What's been your experience for income this year compared to last?

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Time to re-regulate the filthy lies

Salem News freelance columnist gets it wrong in argument for "re-regulation" of trucking. Wendy: "it makes my brain hurt to swim in such a swirling abyss of nonsense."

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Pat Finley on catastrophic California accident: ‘A Monday I should have stayed in bed’

Trucker Pat Finley tells the story of an accident in California whose aftermath was video'd by a reporter: "I didn't have a dashcam, but if I did it would have been destroyed with the brand-new 2015 Peterbilt."...

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Friday round-up: Small-fleet struggles hit the mainstream, apnea ‘twilight zone’ the local paper

A local paper in Minnesota gets the apnea issue more or less right. And: To adapt or not to adapt -- the Wall Street Journal paints small-carrier woes with broad brush, with mixed results.

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Data isn’t real, even on Star Trek

"A plumber can't tell a lawyer how to do his job any better than that same lawyer can tell a trucker how to do theirs."

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Voices on NYT’s ‘Trucks are killing us’ column: Readers respond, ATA says column riddled with ‘falsehoods’

"Why waste print to tell so many lies, when you can actually help the issues that truly affect the entire line of all phases of transportation?" --Matt Whitelaw on the "Trucks Are Killing Us" op-ed

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