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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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New technology: Hydrogen-injection for fuel mileage boost

A Q&A in the Richmond (Virginia) BizSense magazine published Monday revealed an interesting new technology coming into the trucking world. Related to the hydrogen fuel-cell idea, the technology has been created by Marz Industries of Ashland, Va., BizSense reporter Michael Schwartz wrote. Marz Industries president Eddie Miller has been working on it for several years now, the concept being to "take water from a tank and electricity from the truck and create hydrogen," Miller told Schwartz. ...

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Channel 19 news round-up: flooding, radio, TSE, petition…

Vid tour through I-680 flood damage As Missouri River floodwaters receded from flood stage this month after a long summer of high water, Iowa DOT officials finally got a look at I-680 at the I-29 interchange, and the damage done to both roadways is just stunning (pictured courtesy of Iowa DOT; more info on detours/outlook available in our news piece here). The Omaha World-Herald ran a short tour through the devastation you can watch via this ...

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Say ____ to electronic logs, Take 2

It's time to play fill in the blank again on the Channel 19 blog. It's been nearly  a year since the above headline graced this hall above a post about a rash of legislative proposals to mandate electronic logs for the entirety of interstate truckers and certain low-cost electronic logging options out there. In the meantime, of course, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has jumped the legislative shark by formally proposing its own EOBR ...

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One dispatcher’s public salute to the American truck driver

In case you've missed news of this one, which has made the rounds of various email blasts and blogs, it's one of the best high-profile salutes to owner-operators and drivers I've come across in mainstream media of recent memory. Written by Minnesota-based fleet manager Dan Hanson and published last week in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, it seems to stem from a heartfelt appreciation for the difficulties experienced by his drivers in today's hurry-up climate, particularly as ...

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‘A creep or crazy': Roseanne Barr on today’s truckers

News today is that celebrity media, as usual, is having fun at the expense of the nation's haulers. You've got two choices, as I see it: go on and have fun with them or get madder than a hornet. There's a poll over at the Hollywood Life site that asks readers to vote on whether a certain 90210 star's ball-cap look (pictured at a red-carpet affair in Hollywood) is trashy or classy. Want to have fun ...

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