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Utility plant back in action after Va. tornado

You'll no doubt recall the Petro Stopping Centers location in Glade Spring, Va., that was hit by a tornado during the big outbreak back in late April. (Find information about it in my post from April 28, in the comments section.) Less-remarked-upon in driver forums and the trucking press was another industry-related business also hit there. Utility Trailer's Glade Spring plant was in the storm's path, and it left many trailers in production there unrepairable, plant ...

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A pink tow truck gains immortality in the Hall of Eye Candy

The pink Lincoln Toe Truck, featured in Overdrive's July 2000 Channel 19, now resides in a museum's Hall of Icons and Eye Candy.

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The feds’ favorite remedy: Your tax dollars

The annoying part of the logic behind buying EOBRs for Mexican carriers is how it reflects the paternalism and careless spending so rampant in Washington, D.C.

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Unity diaries: Jason’s Law lives

It's been more than two years since New York trucker Jason Rivenburg was slain in South Carolina after being held up while parked at an abandoned commercial property. It's also been two years since House member Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced the bill named for Rivenburg, "Jason's Law," to provide boosted funding for states to expand secure truck parking along freight corridors. As time drags on, oftentimes comparatively small initiatives tend to vanish from the memories of ...

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What's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?

Dear Carolyn,   For someone who says they are “not a nice person” you seem very nice and truthful.   Darren  Dear Darren,  Thank you. I am (truthful and sort of nice) But, sometimes, as they say, the truth hurts!  I am more the straight talking kind than the beat around the bush kind. It's a tough world out there, drive safely! I'm just say'n, Carolyn

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‘The center cannot hold’ — FMCSA’s hours quandary

There is a growing feeling among industry watchers that in order to fully settle the decidedly unsettled regulatory situation surrounding the hours of service, Congress is going to have to legislate a solution. That sentiment has come to me from industry executives, consultants, former regulatory types and, in some senses, drivers. Comments from owner-operators and others to the federal docket for the proposed hours changes have reflected a common feeling that the proposal, with its mandated ...

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He learned from his mistake

 Dear Carolyn, I’m dating a man that was married to a terrible woman. She ran around on him and let him down in so many ways. He says he's learned a lot about life and love from all the mistakes they made. We are really good together and thinking about marriage. However, I worry that he’ll think about her even though he says he won’t. I’m not a jealous person and I value what we have. ...

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Ferro on detention: ‘Shippers should be held accountable.’

If you missed the open call the Trucking Solutions Group's member owner-operators held with FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro last week, you missed a lot. The wide-ranging conversation ran the gamut of topics from cross-border trucking to hours and detention concerns. About the last of which, it was heartening to hear, Ferro noted that she in essence agreed with the concerns of the TSG -- and so many drivers around the nation. “I agree with you that ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Channel 19 Monday: Fallen log hauler gets send-off; Court to Tiger Truckstop: ‘Set Tony free’

Last ride for Maine log hauler 'Mackie,' R.I.P. The Central Maine Morning-Sentinel news site reported late last week on the Skowhegan memorial-service convoy that was reportedly "one last ride" for area log-hauler Maxell C. "Mackie" Moore. Around 20 trucks joined the ride, including Mackie's own, piloted by Tim Clements, best friend to Moore's youngest son, Matt, who now operates the rig he and his father bought together. For a pic from the convoy, as well ...

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Others take advantage of fuel surcharge

Surprise, surprise! The $23 flowers deal for Mother’s Day, brought to my attention via email, turned out to exceed $40 by the time I pressed “submit order.” Annoying enough, but one curious element of this little trap (why bother searching elsewhere to save $5 after all that time filling out forms?) was this: a $2.93 fuel surcharge. In all the online ordering I did at Christmas, I never noticed a one of these. I’ve polled several ...

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