Blogs

Don’t let the dirty dictate the digs

"We can either sit around and feed into the stereotype by allowing the unguided children to run the show, or we can train them to be truckers, and find out which ones can handle it and integrate with pride and a positive image."

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Podcast: Trucker Bob Stanton’s proposals for the Beyond Compliance effort

Trucker Bob Stanton brought three distinct proposals to FMCSA's Beyond Compliance listening session in Chicago attendant to the CVSA Workshop event. Hear his proposals here.

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Don’t ban me, bro

"The communities that choose the knee-jerk reaction of banning trucks aren't looking to solve problems, they're looking for a band-aid to slap on the gaping wound of parking and big truck issues."

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Off the clock: An hours of service alternative

Whatever happens for better or for worse, it's worth noting that a system based in reality – the driver’s true fitness for duty, not some rigid, almost arbitrary system cooked up by regulators – could be a big improvement over a one-size-fits-all system that actually fits very few.

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Household goods hauling: Challenges explored with moving veteran Fred Metzler

Fred Metzler stresses what he sees as unique household hauling challenges -- and practices of some companies that are cutting into owner-operators' incomes in the space significantly. Also: Wes Memphis says good-bye to his paper logs in week one of an electronic transition.

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Cabovers, chrome and cool people

Introducing recently-retired owner-operator Sherman Kerns and his 1980 Peterbilt cabover, Jamaican trucker Owen Aird and more from the Overdrive's Pride & Polish event in Wildwood, Fla., at 75 Chrome Shop.

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An upward trend in truck-occupant crash deaths

In the years following FMCSA's 2003 publication of the hours of service rule that first included the 14-hour on-duty window, the percentage of truck-occupant crash deaths among all truck-involved fatalities is on an upward trend.

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Paid parking pas de deux

"Even Dr. Phil knows there's two sides to a pancake, and looking at both of them is necessary to describe the pancake fully. You can't have a conversation without two sides."

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Video: Tony Justice live in Nashville at the downtown TA

Trucker/singer-songwriter Tony Justice live at the TA location in downtown Nashville -- this video captures an acoustic version of the "We Drive Trucks" anthem on his new "Brothers of the Highway" record.

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Teamsters, safety groups to Congress: Don’t touch hours of service

Two key trucking items likely to see action in the appropriations process include a fix to the hours of service legislative screw-up from Congress’ 2016 DOT appropriations law and the revival of the so-called “federal authority” provisions floated in recent transportation-related bills.

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