Owner-Operators

Operation Roger, Susanne Spirit get some national ink

Growing for a long moment, the Operation Roger network of volunteer haulers making themselves available to connect adopted pets with new caretakers -- or to reunite lost pets with their owners -- free of any charge got some ink this month. The MSNBC cable network did a story on them, and we're happy to report they remain strong, having made since 2005 nearly 600 such connections. Laura T. Coffey's story began with a profile of hauler ...

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About truckin’ time: Tony Justice record in stores Dec. 6

"It’s about truckin’ time," says Tony Justice, East Tennessee-based B&B Transport driver and the songwriter behind the upcoming "On the Road" album (I wrote about it last month here). It's due out in all Pilot Flying J stores Dec. 6. It's a trucking album by a trucker and for truckers, Justice notes, and stay tuned on a feature in the January edition of Truckers News I've penned about the accomplishment (it's a rockin'-country record you're sure ...

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Trucks star in annual Christmas parades

Drivers will honk “Jingle Bells” in the Christmas Convoy Truckers Parade, the oldest of the annual trucker Christmas parades returning soon to some U.S. and Canadian cities.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Some well benefited from a rise in rates over the year, particularly in flatbed, but how about thankfulness for 3-D trailer graphics...

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Driver action on sleep apnea, CSA, EOBRs, cross-border trucking

Regular readers will recall my post from last month following the first annual Truck Driver Social Media Convention, which spurred on driver advocate Frederick Schaffner to be a presence in D.C. at the November meeting of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committtee. There, a large part of the discussion was devoted to standards for electronic onboard recorders for hours-of-service compliance. Schaffner has annotated MCSAC's task report emerging from that meeting with his own series of ...

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Class 8 truck drivers eligible for sweepstakes, prizes

Starting Jan. 1, drivers of Class 8 trucks may enter the Weigh to Win sweepstakes through June 1 to vie for a Ford F250 grand prize, Walcott, Iowa-based CAT Scale announced in honor of its 35th anniversary. Drivers can enter the contest every time they weigh their trucks on the scales. In addition to the grand prize, other awards include CAT Scale jackets and hats, collector card sets, duffel bags, die-cast model trucks, mugs and lunch ...

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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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Editors to talk owner-operator history, new efforts

Overdrive editors will discuss owner-operators' history and evolution on online radio's "Truth About Trucking" show Dec. 1.

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Dispatch Me Home radio network launches

Host Big Al Weekley will broadcast via online radio bluegrass and country music, trucking news and live interviews in an expanded format.

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The next generation of trucking fanatics

Jeff and Lynette Lynd of Ft. Collins, Colo., sent in this picture of their six-year-old great niece, Zoe, relaxing before going to bed with her princess blanket, fishing pillow and her favorite magazine, Overdrive (our 50th anniversary issue). "She got really excited when we got the current issue," Lynette says. "She had to read it while she was eating her cereal and said, 'I love my trucking magazine.'" We've got stiff competition in the Lynd home, too. ...

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