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They tax truckers to death and then tax us more

Talking today about ad valorem tax and thanking truckers

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Fruit Smoothie

Any of you drivers who make an effort to stay healthy while on the road know that it's tough — really tough. And when it comes to eating, you have to plan, plan, plan. This next recipe requires planning, but it's so delicious that it's worth it. If you can pack the ingredients for the road, great. But if you need to find these things in a truckstop, just make sure you keep tabs on ...

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About Express-1 and XPO

I am researching and writing a story about expedite carrier Express-1 and its parent company XPO Logistics, Inc.

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Back to basics in apnea debate: The importance of sleep

Last night on the Truth About Trucking Live online radio program of fuel hauler Allen Smith and his wife, Donna, discussion of the FMCSA's Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board's joint work on the issue of sleep apnea gave way at a crucial moment to a reiteration of the reality of the sleep apnea condition. It was delivered by a driver listener who, as I've heard from many other drivers out there ...

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Mistake made, losses cut

Today was about a land purchase that went bad.

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More than a typo? Split sleeper wishful thinking

Trans Products / Trans Services Regulatory Manager Rich Wilson, during a break between sessions of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee meeting in Alexandria, Va., early this month, pointed out a couple curious problems with the medical forms some states are using. One, he pointed out, defined stage 3 hypertension as a blood pressure reading of, yes, greater than or equal to "10/90." A typo, definitely, that could easily be fixed. In the context of the hours ...

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British TV show features female hauliers…

The new Mother Truckers TV show on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom pitches in its intro a looming takeover of the industry there by drivers of the female sex -- as one reviewer put it, however, that only works if 2 percent of drivers being women qualifies as looming takeover. Nonetheless, the fact that the show exists is at least an interesting development across the pond. How long before we have our own here, I ...

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Power of good roads?: Indian truckers’ savvy in the sleeper

News flash: According to IBN, a broadcasting network in India, that nation's drivers have helped stemmed the tide of HIV and AIDS in the country after a process that is making a dent in old stereotypes about long-haul drivers there. "Truckers are savvy about safe sex," screams the headline of a story posted to IBN's website last week. Part of a huge drop in haulers' engagement of prostitutes Indian officials attribute to a development long in ...

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Trapped in a cage of my own making

I learned today that an introduction to expediting piece I wrote five years ago is being resurrected for distribution at truck shows and other venues. Learned when the publisher asked me to update the piece. This was a nice ego boost in an otherwise frustrating day. Diane and I woke up this morning in our Florida vacation house where we have been since early January. We had hoped to be back on ...

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VID: Cracking Evel’s safe with Robb Mariani, Brad Wike

And, most importantly, small fleet owner Wike's lead mechanic Frank Phipps (pictured), who did the vast majority of the heavy lifting with a blow torch and drill, Wike himself with the plasma cutter, at Wike's place of business in Lincolnton, N.C., on Saturday. As with many such endeavors, the process of it all was much more adventurous and interesting than the end result. That's right, in spite of the lore I mentioned in my post from ...

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