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Analyst says trucking “inefficient”

Investment analysts, with their outsiders’ viewpoint, often have some good insight into our industry. Other insights aren’t quite so astute. The Business Insider website, with its recent “Trucking running on fumes” analysis, offers this stark summary as an introduction to its commentary on rising fuel prices: Trucking is one of the most expedient, but also one of the most inefficient modes of freight transportation. The conclusion is based on the fuel efficiency of rail, which is ...

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The great tomato heist — Cargo thieves still operating in plain sight

I missed this report from the New York Times a week and a half back, about a sophisticated cargo-theft ring operating a seemingly legitimate trucking company in Florida, with a twist. The freight targeted wasn't consumer electronics or cigarettes or pharmaceuticals. "The high price of produce, especially for tomatoes after the deep winter freezes," reporter William Neuman leads the Times piece, "has attracted more than heightened attention from consumers. A ring of sophisticated vegetable bandits ...

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Lizards are for losers

Dear Carolyn, My husband is a hardworking, honest, happily married trucker who is struggling with sleep apnea and insomnia. He is exhausted after a long day of driving and hates to be harrassed by hookers when he pulls over to sleep. I get it that everyone is trying to make a buck but he says sometimes he’s woken up three or four times a night, especially in rest areas. He’s thinking about putting a no/lizard sticker ...

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EOBRs controversy over the national airwaves missing extant/emerging solutions

Wednesday, National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program ran this piece on the issue of the proposed federal mandate for electronic on-board recorder use for hours-of-service monitoring. If it goes into effect, virtually all interstate haulers will be required to use an EOBR for logs. You can still comment on the proposed EOBR rule, through May 23. In the NPR piece, owner-operator Terry Button is featured (click the photo thumbnail of him here, by Maggie Starbard, for ...

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Collector’s dream yields a ‘gold beauty’

The Holy Grail of Dodge Bighorns, Chrysler's 1973 prototype show truck, eventually made its way to a collector long known as Mr. Bighorn.

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Waste-haul fleet — and more — featured in latest ‘Severe Service’ Overdrive supplement

Bridgeport, Conn.-based Enviro Express, providing solid waste collection, transfer and recycling services for several area municipalities, is in the process of converting most of its fleet of tractors to liquefied natural gas (LNG) power with a recent purchase of 18 Kenworth T800 LNG tractors. A dozen of the fleet’s trucks were displayed at the December opening ceremonies for a LNG and compressed natural gas (CNG) fueling station, which the company will operate for its fleet ...

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Truckster app ‘by and for drivers’

From the Maine Morning Sentinel newspaper comes news of the former hauler, 42-year-old Leigh Gagnon, who created and launched in 2009 the Truckster app for the iPhone and Android phones. Available for $3.99 in the Android market and iTune App Store, the multifunction app provides a searchable platform to the majority of truckstops the nation over, with current fuel prices, various amenities, and more. Also searchable by location are rest areas, Wal-Mart locations, weigh stations, hotels, ...

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TA Petro: ‘For drivers by design’

Last week when I wrote about my brief meet-up with expediters Phil and Diane Madsen, I mentioned the pair's assessment of updated showers at TravelCenters of American locations systemwide, with particularly high marks for the La Vergne, Tenn., location where we met. As I noted in that post, the improvements were begun last year, as TA Petro had noted them in June of last year publicly. I was curious about the genesis of the improvements ...

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Paying more for older trucks

It’s been clear for a year that certain things have been improving for trucking. Freight demand has increased, and with it demand for drivers. From the vantage of the American Truck Dealers, holding its annual meeting in Phoenix, the rebound is evident for some other reasons, too, one of which – used truck prices – won’t excite you like it excites the dealers. Kyle Treadway, chairman of the American Truck Dealers and president of Kenworth Sales ...

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How do you protect yourself?

Dear Carolyn, You asked us how we protect ourselves on the road? Well, I use extra strength/extra large Trojans!!! HAAAAAAAA!! Frank Dear Frank, That was funny the first time. But you are about the 11th one to send this and well, I've moved from laughing to rolling my eyes. Really? This is a serious topic. http://www.truckersnews.com/risky-business-2/ http://www.blogtalkradio.com/truthabouttrucking/2011/04/14/crime-against-truckers--protection-on-the-road I've had a lot of comments on my story about staying safe on the road. It's a serious topic and lots of truckers wrote in to say ...

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