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Driver reunited with lost pup

Have you heard the one about the truck driver whose Yorkie pup slips out of the truck while he's cooling his heels briefly at a Missouri rest area? Well, all's well that ends well, and that one does, USA Today reported yesterday. The driver, Michael Siau, "didn't realize that Rambo had slipped out of his long-haul truck while he was stretching his legs at a rest stop in Hannibal, Mo.," wrote Douglas Stanglin. He made ...

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‘7 deadly lot lizards’ infographic raises image questions

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 you can take a look at it on their site (or click through the truncated thumbnail at right). Among the "lizards" identified are the CB Chameleon, who "prefers to do business from afar," and the Knocking Skink (pictured), whom the ...

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IRT without Lisa Kelly: Downer for many fans

With Ice Road Truckers' sixth season premiere on the History Channel last Sunday, fans were reportedly bummed by the absence of the biggest star the show's produced, trucker Lisa Kelly. (Find my 2010 interview with her here.) On Overdrive's Facebook page, one commenter went farther: "Looks like this will be the worst season ever. Hot dogs, hot heads, and idiots," he wrote. "The show has run its course." On Truckers News' page, commenters were more split in ...

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Sound off on CSA changes via score/data preview

As CVSA's RoadCheck inspection blitz continues this week, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has issued a call to action that makes clear the importance of safety scoring to motor carriers and independents. Through the end of the month, you'll be able to preview refinements the agency has made to the CSA program's Safety Measurement System that may well have an effect on your rankings in the seven Behavioral Analysis and Safety Improvement Categories. You ...

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Photo: Face of a longtime driver damaged by sunlight

A stunning photo from the New England Journal of Medicine shows the damaging effects of ultraviolet sunlight on the left side of a 69-year-old longtime truck driver's face.

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Move some tarps, get some tarps

If the Tarps Plus company has its way, you may well in future take a load of its tarps and get paid in, well, tarps. Check out this story on the San Francisco Chronicle's website, which quotes Tarps Plus president Michael Stein on the "no-brainer" that is a new program looking to barter company tarps for trucking services, part of a growing business-to-business trend that looks for alternatives to traditional cash transactions. A neat idea, but just ...

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What does your fuel surcharge look like?

A poll that asks for owner-operators' thoughts on the use of fuel surcharges as a cushioning agent against spikes in fuel prices sparked some discussion on Facebook last week. Owner-operators Linda Caffee, Jeff Clark and others were involved, Clark taking the point of view that fuel surcharges were merely a utility for negotiating long-term rates in contracts with shippers. The fuel surcharge "is a convenience, especially for longer-term contracts with regular customers," Clark wrote. "Otherwise every load ...

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Channel 19’s Friday trucking news quiz

A brief quiz on the week's news -- play yourself! Post answers in the comments here then go back through the past week's blog entries to check your results. Get all five without cheating? You might be my best reader. 4: A Channel 19 regular, no doubt. 3: Thanks for reading! 2: Where have you been? 1: You know, you really could look into feeding the blog into your mobile RSS reader. 0: Um, mind ...

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From the shop to the road: One operator’s 359

This 1986 Peterbilt 359 is the result of a three-year project conducted from 2007-10 by owners Wayne and Kelly Ziegenfuss, today leased to Bennett Motor Express and hauling mining equipment to Arizona, coming back with copper, on a step deck from a Hendersonville, N.C., home base. I met the pair at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in April. They located the base truck in Virginia and did all the work themselves putting it back into operating/show ...

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Bogan case: More reasons to choose a carrier carefully

The Bogan case may be best viewed in the context of tried-and-true advice: be smart and choosy about who you run for. You never know when you may need the boss to go to bat for you rather than hanging you out to dry by being forced out of business.

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