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‘Shipping Wars’ season 3 features refused load, Evel Knievel truck

| December 27, 2012

"Either it's legal, safe and compliant or I'm not going to do it." --owner-operator Marc Springer, who refused a load he'd won the bid on during filming of Shipping Wars' third season.

Four-wheeler scare-quotes ‘professional’

| October 08, 2012

A letter writer to a Minnesota newspaper, contending there's an epidemic of big-rig drivers' speeding on the nation's highways, is suffering from tunnel vision when he mocks drivers' "professional" badge of honor.

More O/O challenges: Image, health, parking…

| August 16, 2012

After primary reporting on owner-operators' top five challenges, sources offer their personal sixth -- from parking, training standards and health to driver image and industry unity to influence public opinion and regulatory direction.

Would the professional drivers please raise hands?

| June 13, 2012

At a fueling station in Dayton, Ohio, Kevin Burch, President of the Jet Express truck line, saw a decal (pictured) on the side of a flatbed as he was fueling. The message, "This truck helps ...

Driver for Landstar-leased fleet in Oprah magazine

| June 11, 2012

Cleveland-based Shannon "Sputter" Smith (pictured, courtesy of Women in Trucking), a driver for a Landstar-leased small fleet, got into on-highway hauling as the youngest child of a father who worked on trucks for a living. ...

’7 deadly lot lizards’ infographic raises image questions

| June 07, 2012

A satirical infographic detailing the so-called "7 Deadly Lot Lizards" from the folks at Trucker to Trucker.com has me pondering the dynamics that make just this sort of thing possible. I won't repost it here, but ...

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

| January 10, 2012

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 ...

Truck Stop Missouri redux; American Trucker GATS episode tonight

| October 06, 2011

Truck Stop Missouri a 'trucking ambassador' in reality? After my interview posted yesterday with Joe Bechtold, General Manager of the Midway Truck Stop and Travel Plaza that is the subject of the Truck Stop Missouri ...

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