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Fair or foul? Self-examination via the four-wheeler perspective

We've brought it up from time to time here, no doubt -- no secret that the large majority of on-highway accidents involving large trucks follow an initial mistake made by the driver of a four-wheeled vehicle of one sort or another. By and large, truck drivers are justified in holding a desultory opinion of the piloting abilities of the motoring public writ large, and most keep it high in their minds navigating the nation's highways, ...

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Wikileaks offers window into Iranian trucking community

However you feel about the WikiLeaks organization's recent and ongoing release of classified U.S. diplomatic cables, there's no doubt that many of the releases offer fascinating windows into the ways of world power -- and more. Not least among the latter was the view a series of cables detailed at the Eurasianet.org site, dedicated to dissemination of news from Central Asia, gives of cross-border Iranian long-haulers' view of their country's leadership and the U.S. The points ...

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Ghosts of violations past

For owner-operator purposes, CSA 2010 started three years ago. That’s how far back your violations are taken into account.

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Tony ‘the truck stop tiger’ — calls from the driver community to uncage him

Nearly two years have passed since I first wrote about efforts by animal-rights activists (post from January 2009 originally on old Channel 19 blog home on Blogger.com) to require Gross Tete, La., Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin to relocate the caged Bengal-Siberian tiger on the site of stop. It's been there as an attraction to curiosity seekers for years, and several predecessor tigers have made the stop a sort of institution along I-10 in the ...

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TV drama of a gypsy trucker still magic for fans

In 1975, Overdrive covered the filming of the TV series, "Movin' On," starring Claude Akins as trucker Sonny Pruitt.

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Over the canyon rim — a grand, prize-winning truck driver’s photo — and more

This stunning view off the U.S. 89 bridge over the Colorado River near Page, Ariz., was shot by Gordon Trucking company driver Ron Nikirk, based in Oakland, Ore. Gordon becomes our fifth winner since we launched the contests in July via The Photographer: Truckers News Photo Group on Flickr.com, a development that followed nearly three years of slow build in group membership. Membership levels continue to rise, thanks to your interest in the contests and ...

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Rotella SuperRigs calendar now available…

On the cover of the annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar this year is the custom 2007 Kenworth W900L of Myerstown, Pa.-based Scott Diller. Featured also on the December 2011 page in the calendar, Diller's clearly going for an old-school '70s hot-rod look with the truck's mods, which include 34-inch quarter fenders and smooth side panels. The photo's tranquil setting is Mateer Bridge in Rockbridge County, Va., where the 12 trucks were photographed after Shell held ...

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Electronics makers cranking out freight

ISM says production of computers and other electronics led the way for manufacturing, which continued its rebound in November.

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Retired long-haulers make folk-art metalwork strides

Long Neck, Del.-based Judy and Lou Hagen, according to the latest in the Delaware Cape Gazette's "Saltwater Portraits" series of profiles of community residents, came to their current metalwork artistry while running long-haul through Georgia in 1999. They saw "a piece of crude metal art," writes reporter Ron MacArthur. "We came home and did some Christmas pieces,” Judy (pictured, photo by MacArthur) told the reporter, which birthed "2nd Time Designs," as their operation on Route 24 ...

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Channel 19

A dose of trucking humor, oddities and coverage in the media are featured.

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