Over the Christmas weekend, legions of truck drivers reached out to help former employees of recently closed Arrow Trucking get home. After the company announced its closing Dec. 22 and reportedly instructed drivers to turn their trucks in at dealerships around the country, offering $200 or a bus ticket from there, the mammoth effort of getting drivers home wouldn't have been possible without the outpouring of help from fellow drivers feeling the giving spirit of the holidays.
A heartwarming trucking Christmas story, via Canadian news site Canoe.ca.
Trucker Jeremy Holley blogs at www.jholley.wordpress.com, and his post from Wednesday, Dec. 22, was a gem of a story from "about five years ago," he wrote, "something that I’ll never forget because it really made my day."
California-based drayage truck owner-operator Filiberto Cervantes is quoted in this recent story, part of the Mother Nature Network's coverage of news relating to the environment, reacting in dismay to California's drayage rule, which sees at yearend a deadline for compliance for the many trucks serving the ports through the state. Essentially, trucks with powertrains older than model year 1994 will be banned, and pre-2004 engines will require retrofit with a Level 3 diesel particulate filter. While many operators have already made upgrades, many others simply couldn't afford to, as Cervantes' case seems to illustrate.
Why it's a bad idea to leave loads unattended.
When the Discovery Channel was looking for a company to feature in its new "American Loggers" television series, they turned to Gerald Pelletier Inc., a family-owned and operated business that’s been working the rugged and ...
The termite-damage-like crevices in this tire are the result of extreme voltage, “electricity that ‘burrowed’ through this tire” when a boom truck hit a high wire and the electricity made its way through the frame on its way to the ground, wrote the editors of Real Answers, where the pic first appeared. If you think of rubber as the ultimate insulator, think again, they added. “Even insulators will conduct electricity if the voltage is high enough.” (The operator walked away from this incident unharmed.)
A recent back-and-forth in the Everett, Wash., Herald newspaper's letters section highlighted the need for more than a little civility to be added to the public conversation between four-wheelers and their 18-wheeled counterparts.
Overdrive's Most Beautiful contest is back for a second year. Submit yourself or a female truck driver you know! The first-place winner will win a trip to The Great American Trucking Show in August and will be featured in a story in Overdrive. Submissions accepted through March 20.
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