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Pre-employment screening in the CSA 2010 era

It's not all about DAC anymore. With CSA 2010 carrier scores in six of the seven violation categories in CSA 2010 set to go public beginning in December, carrier attention to inspection reports has ramped up to a high level -- for drivers, a primary piece of the regulatory puzzle in all of this is the somewhat new Pre-employment Screening Program, mandated by Congress years ago, which gives carriers access with applicant consent to a ...

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A coffee for St. Christopher

What says trucking more than a good cup of coffee? Though I haven't done much coffee-related reporting since the March 2008 Truckers News story probing haulers' coffee preferences, I suspect that with the turmoil we've all seen in the economy since that time, the 16 percent of drivers reporting they made their own brew on the road have been joined by many others today. This morning, I thought you'd appreciate, I myself had a few ...

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A driver so good the shipper gave him his own desk

Talk about burying the lead: The Osakis Review, a paper published from Osakis, Minn., ran a great profile of resident Larry Herzog (pictured, by Greta Petrich), who runs beef destined for McDonald's customers' stomachs for carrier Hensley Trucking, also of Osakis. In the profile, Herzog spends due time stressing the difficulties he faces daily in unscrupulous motorists, congestion headaches, parking problems and more. But writer Greta Petrich put perhaps the most interesting piece of the ...

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Rebounding factories slow a bit in September

The recovery is still on, but it’s getting winded. That’s the conclusion of the Institute for Supply Management, which released its monthly manufacturing report today. While ISM’s Purchasing Managers Index “reading of 54.4 percent is still quite positive, the overall picture is less encouraging,” says ISM’s Norbert Ore. “The growth of new orders continued to slow... Production is currently growing at a faster rate than new orders, but it typically lags and would be expected to ...

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Channel 19

Featured is a dose of trucking humor, oddities and industry coverage in the media.

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Mixing it up

If we mix up our exercise maybe we will last longer too.

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Dollars and Sense

You shouldn’t care much about gross revenue, but rather how much of that revenue you get to keep after expenses.

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Somebody to Lean On

Support from friends can help in fitness endeavors.

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Hey, Big Spender

Carolyn gives advice on holiday expenditures, a surprise party and road rage.

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Say ____ to electronic logs

Outside of leased owner-operators reacting to strong encouragement, for lack of a better phrase, from their lessor fleets, I've yet to actually speak to an owner-operator who's voluntarily adopted an electronic logging platform that conforms to the federal definition of an EOBR, i.e. essentially an electronic logging system that is tethered to the engine's electronic control module. Not to say he/she doesn't exist (if you qualify: be in touch), of course, but when manufacturers of ...

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