Blogs

When inspiration is confused with insanity

What happens when Wendy, at 5 a.m., inspired by the recent story of one trucker's beloved lost, then found, cat, decides she's going to acclimatize her own kitty to the truck ... (Look out, Wendy, look out!)

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Tennessee carrier’s safety awards offer atonement for past mistakes, new beginnings

Lots of carriers have driver rewards programs, but how many use them in part to honor crash victims who perished at the fault of their own drivers? TN-based Conard Transportation's Jeanne Mannes award is just such a program, recently awarding more than $8,000 to three company drivers in its first year.

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Income and ELDs: The ‘rest of the story’ with Wes Memphis

Guest-blogger Wes Memphis returns to Channel 19: "Well, year one of e-logs is officially in the books, and what a year it was. Anyone care to guess how much money I lost in 2016 compared to 2015?" ... The answer may well surprise you.

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Wicked big fun with Jay ‘Big Belly’ Chase

On trucker Chase's social media alter-ego: "The wicked fun going on over in Big Belly land ranges from completely inappropriate and hilarious to slightly inappropriate and thought-provoking. Hell, he's even done a cooking video..."

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A word to Congress, Trump administration on ELDs from Vance Vergon

Anybody else miss a 30-minute break this week? Here's hoping everyone's getting a longer break this weekend. Take a load off with a note to Congress from Vance Vergon and a run back through recent ELD news.

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Let the festivities begin!

Truckin' to MATS: "It's hard to believe we're just a little over two weeks away from opening the show season. We are looking forward to MATS this year, and not just because all the big displays will be back." ...

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Correcting the personal-conveyance record

Answering Russ Hoffman's question: "Are you sure that Personal Conveyance requires that you not have a load or trailer? I believe the regulation is Unladen (unloaded) with an empty trailer being acceptable." By the letter of the law, he's right.

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Things I’ve learned about open-deck hauling

And dry van!: "I also learned that Golden, Colo., has the heaviest and cheapest paying loads out there, because they're all beer and liquor and the beer companies should be ashamed of some of the prices they're offering to haul it."

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High driver turnover correlated with higher OOS, crash volumes and CSA scores

Data firm Vigillo found a close correlation between high turnover and generally more negative carrier numbers in the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's compliance rating program. Also: FAST Act CSA requirements update -- suggested CSA changes expected late Spring/early Summer.

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The truth is hard

"Telling the truth is still important, even if it's not particularly popular right now. The current climate of things is one lie to combat another, and it's definitely not working out for the best." ...

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