Blogs

Pack, paint, pain: Dreaming of the road, at home

"It only makes sense that I pack my bags and return to the road for a few days, so I can actually get some rest. No one asks you to paint houses -- unless it's code for something like 'cleaning your truck' is."

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Getting in bed with the railroad

Every taken a 10-hour break on a train? The Truck Ferry project would turn freight flatcars along the I-70 corridor in Mo. into rolling sleeper berths for multiple tractor-trailer units/drivers.

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Podcast: Highway bill effort to resolve federal/state legal conflict over carrier services, driver wages

New court interpretations of the FAAAA introduce contradictions between federal and state law (particularly in California) that challenge percentage- and mileage-based compensation. In this podcast, legislation currently under consideration to resolve the issue.

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Never fear, Supertrucker is always near

"I'm going to start pulling out of this space at 29 and a half minutes, because I'm not going to be made to take a 30-minute break! I'm a rebel, baby!" Sometimes, being a supertrucker is hard.

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Bob Baylor of Indiana-based Baylor Trucking — March 7, 1948-Oct. 25, 2015

Second-generation head of Baylor Trucking, Robert “Bob” Baylor, 67, of Lawrenceburg, Ind., passed away Sunday, October 25, 2015. Bob was born March 7, 1948, in Batesville, Ind.

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Confusion on the sidelines

"So the sky is falling and we're in imminent danger of not having enough truck drivers. We're all going to starve and perish, unless they can get speed limiters on the trucks and everyone on electronic logs. ... "

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Paycheck checkup: The real spread between driver and contractor pay

It looks like the California spread of $17,400 between company driver and owner-operator earnings is overstated, at least as applied on the national scale. Instead, the $50,000-$60,000 range is now commonplace for many employed and leased long-haul truckers.

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Results: My 5K with this week’s Truckin’ Runners event

The Truckin' Runners Facebook group's virtual 5K is ongoing through the week; report here from the Cornelia Fort Airpark, whose runway served as my track.

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Elderly trick-or-treaters unwelcome: Report from the Cat Litter Wars

"When a 15-year-old man-boy in a costume consisting of a backwards flannel shirt and funny nose glasses gives you a baritone, 'Gimme some candy,' the good feelings dry up."

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Court presses OOIDA on ‘unconstitutionality’ of Calif. emissions regs during oral arguments

The court overseeing the OOIDA’s lawsuit against California and its stringent emissions regulations heard oral arguments last week in the case, and, per one report, OOIDA faced tough questions about its suit and the evidence used to support it.

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