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We do our bookkeeping to know the truth

Truck business bookkeeping is a pain, but it is a bigger pain to let it go.

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Language of MCSAC / Medical Review Board recommended apnea guidelines — more from D.C.

Contrasting viewpoints coming together -- or not -- made for an interesting day today at the first of four days' worth of meetings of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee. Today's agenda was dedicated to drafting language toward formal recommendation to the agency of potential guidance to adopt in future rulemaking relating to sleep apnea and drivers' medical qualifications. For a roundup of what's in the recommendations as issued and some of the debate ...

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Bruckner Truck Sales opens Mack Truck, Volvo dealership

A new full-service Mack Truck and Volvo dealership is now open at 35680 LBJ Freeway on Interstate 20 in Dallas, Bruckner Truck Sales announced. The Amarillo, Texas-based company has 17 dealerships in Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. “We are excited to be opening a new location on I-20 and our team looks forward to being able to serve customers who travel the I-20 corridor through Dallas,” says Bruckner Truck Sales President Brian Bruckner of his ...

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Are fuel-injector-cleaning diesel additives worth it?; Apnea update

I'm at the FMCSA Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee's joint meeting with the Medical Review Board today -- watch my Twitter feed for updates from the meeting, where committee members are slated to draft guidance on regulation of the sleep apnea condition as it relates to interstate driver medical qualifications. Find prior reporting from recent-past MCSAC meetings on the subject here and here. (Click through our current, February cover image at right for Managing Editor ...

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Finding happiness with Dutch trucking music

De weg naar geluk, per the nifty Google Translator service, is The road to happiness in Dutch. It also happens to be a song title for a country tune from across the pond by Dutch country singer Henk Wijngaard, with Silvia Swart. Wijngaard is known for his trucking music. Below, find a vid for the song to satisfy idle Sunday curiosity. And here's a question: Does every country in the world have a trucking troubadour? Any ...

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Flying high, running low: Friday Channel 19 news round-up

Big birds to fly by truckWriting on the New York Times blog yesterday, Matthew L. Wald delivered a little unexpected news about a flock of young whooping cranes currently settled down for the winter about 45 miles southwest of Decatur, Ala.: they would travel the last leg of this year's winter journey, led in large part by ultralight aircraft used by scientists attempting to help the cranes reestablish population numbers, by... You guessed it, I'd bet. ...

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Feeling the itch to get back on the road

As nice as our Florida vacation days have been, Diane and I are feeling the itch to get back on the road.

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What’s happening with onboard recorders

Review an Overdrive webinar to learn more about electronic onboard recorder regulations and how use of the devices is spreading.

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Downtime pursuits: More road music from Tennessee

Tony Justice moving down the roadFirst up, Allen Smith over at AsktheTrucker.com reports Tony Justice (featured in the blog here and here and last month in Truckers News) will be performing at a pre-Grammy Awards showcase in Hollywood Feb. 12. Congrats, Tony! If you haven't seen it as yet, look for his excellent "On the Road" trucking-country record at Pilot stores nationwide. For more about the show, check out the AsktheTrucker.com story here. Cumberland Collective revisitedSecondly, I ...

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What you may not know about the EOBR bill

Since I reported on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's attempts to gain new regulatory authority over interstate drivers relative to the Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program's now-internal Driver Safety Measurement System last summer, new wrinkles have emerged in Senate bill S.1950. This bill caused an uproar over the fact that it would, among other things, mandate electronic onboard recorders for hours of service compliance for virtually all interstate carriers. But, as they say, the lead ...

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