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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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Three compete for Owner-Operator of the Year, cross-border program lawsuits advance, turnpike rates rise, Baltimore bridge tolls rising and many more industry news items are featured.

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Operator to train in CNN’s Fit Nation program this year

“I was on my way back to Texas and didn’t have a webcam," says Roadrunner Transportation Services contractor Glenn Keller about the circumstances in which he filmed what has become a winning entry to take part in CNN's 2012 Fit Nation Triathlon Challenge. "I pulled off the interstate, went into a Walmart and bought what I figured would be my last bucket of chicken wings and a webcam. I sat there in the seat of ...

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Trucking fruit in Obama’s energy, manufacturing messages

If you missed last night's State of the Union address, the President followed in predecessors' footsteps by detailing a veritable laundry list of election-year policy initiatives with no small measure of specific requests for the deadlocked Congress -- many of which, it's sure, will not see the light of day this year. All the same, Obama's vision for boosting American economic prospects holds potential good news for drivers in the area of future infrastructure rebuilding, and ...

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Enter winter trucking photo competition, win cash

While Truckers News' monthly photo contests have gone on hiatus, the folks at job placement organization Truckers America have picked up the torch and are offering a cash incentive for haulers who can enter with the best winter trucking photo you have. With a snowy system passing through the Midwest and bearing down on the East Coast today, I imagine some of you might now have great opportunities to use your cameras to show "how ...

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FMCSA’s hours rule justification includes, well, guess who…

You can imagine my surprise yesterday when, just as I'm perusing portions of the new hours rule's full text in preparation for a story or two I'm putting together for Truckers News and Overdrive, I get an email from a colleague making note of the fact that none other than my own reporting is sourced in part of the rule's justification. Sure enough, right there on the 13th page of the 55-page document, in response to ...

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A turn in the road for owner-operator R.C. Barnes

Since I shared his "Old Glory" video here on the blog, I've had the opportunity to learn more about the man behind the vid: R.C. Barnes ultimately might have more experience behind the wheel of a trucking business than any other hauler on the highway today. “I’ve heard there’s two guys out here who are as old as I am,” says the 77-year-old Youngstown, Ohio, resident, “but nobody who’s been out here as long as ...

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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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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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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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