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Hours of services changes: Sooner and later

If you have any doubt about whether the bureaucrats in Washington, D.C., are getting the message about needed flexibility in the hours of service revision, worry no longer. I attended part of the fifth hours of service public hearing last week in Louisville, Ky., and the calls for a more sensible approach to sleeper berth splits came through loud and clear from speaker after speaker. Whether those pleas result in wise action is another matter, ...

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Long-haul quilting bee

This blog, in addition my Exit Only column in Truckers News, has been in part devoted to the off-highway pursuits of the nation's haulers. It'd be impossible for me to count the drivers I've talked to engaged in advocacy, trucking image-buiding efforts, music, arts, new-media activities and so much more. But the Wall Street Journal has just scooped me big-time by highlighting a driver pursuit that might be about as far away from your father's downtime activity as is possible. ...

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Don’t miss the ‘Class Act’ on the show lot at MATS

“Class Act,” a 1995 Peterbilt 379 (pictured) in the Paul K. Young Memorial Truck Beauty Show competition ending today in Louisville, isn’t your typical truck show entry. It’s not the creation of an owner-operator, custom shop, fleet or dealer. The folks who beautified this truck, in some cases, don’t even have their driver’s license. “Class Act” was restored from scrap condition (see before pic below) by 35 high school students from the Clarion County Career Center ...

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Highlighting cargo theft

One week after St. Patrick’s Day,  on Wednesday my hometown newspaper, the Rock Hill, S.C., Herald, reported that a locked trailer hooked to driver Barry Cousar’s tractor, parked at the Lake Marian Truck Stop on U.S. 21 at I-77, was burglarized. Bandits made off with $28,000 worth of green highlighters, prompting reporter Kimberly Dick to ask the obvious question of the thieves' intent. Among numerous jokes about marathon fume huffing at the paper's website, one commenter quipped, “The ...

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Marathon woman

First female Boston Marathon finisher provides inspiration for trucker.

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Volume 3 of ‘Truckers Tracks’ — and a new song for Jazzy Jordan — debuts

When Doug Jones moved to Nashville, Tenn., from Delaware in the 1990s, he was a musician, but the guitar and harmonica player was in town at the invitation of longtime friend and former late-80s-era Allman Brothers keyboardist Johnny Neel, who had launched his Straight-Up Sound Studio on Nashville’s south side to do session and production work. “I was a musician,” says Jones, “but I didn’t know much about the business of music.” You might remember from ...

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Local fame for Goodyear highway-hero finalist

The Gloucester Times of Gloucester, Mass., reported on the heroic achievements of one of the town's own this weekend -- Stephen Page, driver for Pit Bull Trucking, was on I-80 July last year near Clearfield, Pa., when he noticed fire along the roadside and inspected it to find a tractor pulling doubles on having run off the road and burst into flames. The driver was unconscious. Page, with the help of another driver, managed to ...

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First step toward EOBRs for all?

Within the next few days, the federal goverment is expected to publish a final rule that will mandate electronic onboard recorders for the worst violators of the hours-of-service rule. Last week the rule cleared the White House, where it underwent some changes from what the U.S. Department of Transportation set over a few months ago. Although we don't yet know the details, tt is expected to also contain performance standards for EOBRs. While this rule only deals ...

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Monday-morning wake-up call

I imagine many readers will have already taken note of the horrifying video of the Rona Williams' Renault Clio hooked sideways to the front bumper of a big Arclid Transport cabover running at highway speeds on the UK's A1 freeway for a minute or more before the rig's driver noticed he'd been involved in an accident, as reports have said. If you haven't seen that vid -- taken from another motorist's phone, it looks like -- it can be ...

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Fewer trucks + more freight = good news

It looks like freight is coming back. Or has been back for weeks. Some off-the-record conversations I’ve had with industry leaders in the last few weeks confirm that, as does other evidence. Internet Truckstop’s latest Market Demand Index report this week exceeded 7, meaning that carriers have more leverage with price than do shippers or brokers. It was the first time the index was in that zone since July 2008. “Load availability and truck demand are going ...

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