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Photo: Face of a longtime driver damaged by sunlight

A stunning photo from the New England Journal of Medicine shows the damaging effects of ultraviolet sunlight on the left side of a 69-year-old longtime truck driver's face.

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Move some tarps, get some tarps

If the Tarps Plus company has its way, you may well in future take a load of its tarps and get paid in, well, tarps. Check out this story on the San Francisco Chronicle's website, which quotes Tarps Plus president Michael Stein on the "no-brainer" that is a new program looking to barter company tarps for trucking services, part of a growing business-to-business trend that looks for alternatives to traditional cash transactions. A neat idea, but just ...

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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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What does your fuel surcharge look like?

A poll that asks for owner-operators' thoughts on the use of fuel surcharges as a cushioning agent against spikes in fuel prices sparked some discussion on Facebook last week. Owner-operators Linda Caffee, Jeff Clark and others were involved, Clark taking the point of view that fuel surcharges were merely a utility for negotiating long-term rates in contracts with shippers. The fuel surcharge "is a convenience, especially for longer-term contracts with regular customers," Clark wrote. "Otherwise every load ...

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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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One Girl Trucking: ‘More courtesy now’

An encounter with a pair of joy-riding, inconsiderate motorcyclists over Memorial Day turned dramatic when truck driver Bethany, blogging at One Girl Trucking, decided enough was enough and confronted the bikers at a red light. Read her account, a sort of pitch and plea to bikers, motorists and truckers alike for more courtesy and common sense on the road, via her One Girl Trucking blog here. If you haven't encountered her blog before, Bethany describes herself as ...

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Pulse

Some of us at Overdrive were talking with drivers at a truck stop recently to hear about their interests. The conversation drifted to our columnist and trucking radio host Kevin Rutherford.

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LogBook

FMCSA nixes EOBR mandate, states looking for trucking options, U.S. trucker jailed in Mexico

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From the shop to the road: One operator’s 359

This 1986 Peterbilt 359 is the result of a three-year project conducted from 2007-10 by owners Wayne and Kelly Ziegenfuss, today leased to Bennett Motor Express and hauling mining equipment to Arizona, coming back with copper, on a step deck from a Hendersonville, N.C., home base. I met the pair at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in April. They located the base truck in Virginia and did all the work themselves putting it back into operating/show ...

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New heights for American pride?

Driver David Ray Thornburg took matters into his own hands, reported Steve Stoler of WFAA in Houston, when he saw a barren flagpole at a truck stop in Denton, Texas, on Memorial Day. Thornburg, a military veteran, with video camera running, drove his truck down to a nearby Wal-Mart, got the store to donate a flag and took it back to the truck stop, where he hung it himself. The stop then took it down, citing ...

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