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‘Shipping wars’ TV series starts tonight on A&E

The Austin American-Statesman reminds us that the latest in the phenomenon of truck-driving reality-TV series debuts tonight, with back-to-back half-hour episodes of 'Shipping Wars' occupying the 9 p.m. (ET and PT) hour on A&E. The debate over whether the show will be a boon to the image of drivers in the public imagination has already begun, as evidenced by comments on my previous post on the subject, from December. "I’ll definitely be checking it out on ...

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Identical trucking twins in National Geographic this month

Part of a feature story in this month's National Geographic on various aspects of identical twin siblings features in its lead a couple of trucking twins near the lead. Dave and Don Wolf, pictured here in a National Geographic photo by Jodi Cobb (click through the picture for more of Cobb's excellent work in a full gallery), also happen to be team drivers. " Writer Peter Miller caught up with the Wolfs at the annual Twins ...

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A&E’s new ‘Shipping Wars’ series trailer vid — and the operators featured

There's a new reality-TV series coming January 10, with back-to-back episodes at 9 and 9:30 p.m., EST and PST, to the A&E network. You may have heard a little about it already here in Overdrive. The trailer vid for the Shipping Wars show is embedded below, and I thought I'd take a moment to introduce the hotshot haulers (and one Class 8 driver) involved. The show springs from producers' involvement with the folks behind the uShip.com ...

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Salute: Writer trumpets independent truckers

Colleen Kelly Mellor (pictured) is a 30-year veteran of the classroom with near a decade in real estate. Today she's a writer who keeps a blog dedicated to items of "encouragement in a difficult world" at Biddybytes.com. Her husband was a long-haul household-moves owner-operator with Atlas Van Lines with more than a million accident-free miles before exit from the industry, and Mellor recently drew on that past to sing the praises of long-haul independents as ...

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Port haulers on Occupy actions

The Occupy Wall Street movement claimed solidarity with West Coast port haulers yesterday in efforts with varying success to shut down ports in Southern and Northern California as well as farther north in the Pacific Northwest. Some port haulers reciprocated the gesture. This "Open Letter From America's Port Truck Drivers," for instance, originating from the website of the Coalition for Clean and Safe Ports, a multi-partner advocacy group, was signed by five port haulers and ...

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Heads-up: NY Times on truckers’ health

The U.S. newspaper of record, the New York Times, devoted significant ink to many truck drivers' moves toward improving their health in their Monday edition. The primary feature, by Abby Ellin and well-illustrated with pictures of many of the drivers she talked to, charts a rise in concern among industry associations, trucking companies, truck stops (a TA fitness room is pictured here) and others for the industry's drivers -- all well and good (and true, ...

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Foiling the truckhackers, winning the triathlon

What's next, "Truckhacking?" If this doesn't lend new urgency to the technical standards FMCSA's mulling for EOBRs, I don't know what does. Craig Trudell reported yesterday in Bloomberg BusinessWeek on a team of "carhacking" researchers out of the University of California San Diego and the University of Washington, who found during a study that they were able to take control of a car, manipulating all of its systems remotely via common hacker methodology. The point of entry, ...

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Citizen to accident lawyers: Lighten up on anti-truck ads

"How many times a day do you hear on TV ads from lawyers making statements such as, 'big trucks can cause serious injuries?'" So asked a reader, Bill Hughes, of the Tennessean newspaper, based in my home base of Nashville. I know the folks he's talking about, of course, as I'm sure do you in whatever television market you happen to be. Despite the real message such ads deliver -- that truckers and trucking companies can ...

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How high am I? AutoHaulerSupply.com has the answer

If you’ve ever asked yourself that question after loading a car hauler or an expensive piece of machinery on an open-deck trailer, Oregon-based Stephen Rowe (pictured: don't try this at home) has a tool to help you answer it. His Auto Hauler Supply company’s new Life Saver Height Stick is made of durable bright-orange fiberglass and measures up to 15 ft. or 5 meters – and marked as such. Most importantly, its collapsed length is only ...

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Truckers lobbied to support National Pork Rind Day

This wouldn't be the salty snack's first appearance on the Channel 19 blog. For that, we'd have to go back to August 2010, when a driver choked on one and his rig left the roadway -- and didn't spur mainstream media calls for a ban on eating behind the wheel. All the same, Ohio-based Rudolph Foods, makers of the pork rinds pictured here, spent all day Sept. 14 giving out bags of its barbecue, spicy and ...

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