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CSA 2010 to bring increase in driver pay?

The news over at the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday included a release from editors at J.J. Keller, emphasizing the reach of CSA 2010 beyond just for-hire truck carriers. "When the term 'motor carrier' is used," says Transportation Management Editor Robert Rose, "many people immediately connect this to mean only 'trucking companies.' In actuality, applies to all carriers with a US DOT number engaged in the furtherance of interstate commerce, no matter what 'type' of ...

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Tow-truckers echo long-haulers on Discovery’s ‘Wreck Chasers’

In many ways, tow-truckers are the absolute opposites of long-haulers. The tow-truckers of the Discovery Channel's new "Wreck Chasers" series, on a three week trial run that began with two half-hour episodes Monday, are trying to beat their competitors to the sight of a wreck, of course. In Philadelphia, among whose tow-truckers the story is set, all still operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, making competition much fiercer than in most U.S. cities of comparable ...

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Biking Minneapolis

This week I enjoyed the Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis, Minn. I rode my bicycle from Hopkins, Minn., to the Freewheel Bike Center in downtown Minneapolis. Minneapolis is a bike friendly big city. Trails are interwoven throughout the metro area. Many of the streets have designated bike lanes. The midtown Greenway section is a must. For truckers all rides begin with finding a place to park. On this day I had a delivery at Super Valu in ...

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Still trekking to shoot stills of the big rigs

Amateur truck photographer Russ MacNeil has taken photos of big rigs since he was a teen growing up near Westfield, Mass. As a child, he was mesmerized as trucks roared by on walks with his aunt near Route 20. By the time he was 27, a black Mack Model B he shot near Ft. Pierce, Fla., appeared on the cover of Overdrive’s July 1984 issue and was featured as the Tractor of the Month. One of the ...

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Factory growth picks up from September

Cars, computers and exports are leading some of the most recent manufacturing growth, according to the latest report from the Institute for Supply Management. Only two areas (Nonmetallic Mineral Products; Furniture & Related Products) shrunk during October, says ISM, while 14 showed expansion. October was the 15th consecutive month for manufacturing to expand, and the overall economy grew for the 18th consecutive month, ISM reports. And last month’s growth measured 56.9 percent on ISM’s scale, up 2.5 ...

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Reefer-unit pioneer to be honored tomorrow

News from Thermo King today is that Frederick McKinley Jones, a company pioneer in the development of portable refrigeration units, will be honored  for his contributions to science and technology at the Tekne Awards gala Wed., Nov. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Jones passed away in 1961, but his "invention of portable refrigeration systems for the transportation industry revolutionized the food industry into a multibillion-dollar annual market," Thermo King says, enabling "improved ...

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Trucking up out of the water with Nashville fleets

While the story of the disastrous flooding my hometown experienced last May is still being written in many respects (the downtown TravelCenter of America location, as you'll note from the picture, is still closed), there have been some recent bright moments. Vice President Tim Smith with TCW told me a couple weeks back his carrier's terminal on heavily-affected Visco Dr. in Nashville had been fully rebuilt and was well operating, for instance. And last Wednesday's ...

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Dollars and Sense

Here are two key points in shopping for used trucks.

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Channel 19

Check out this dose of trucking humor, oddities and coverage in the media.

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Beat the Blahs

Carolyn gives advice on holiday loneliness, household chores and weight gain.

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