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Dollars and Sense: Call a Business Meeting

When was the last time you have a business meeting with yourself?

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The HOS shuffle needs to end

Looks like the feds plan to rewrite the hours-of-service rule for what seems like the 10th time this decade. Of course, that's not exactly the case, but between all the lawsuits and all the tweaking, it is getting old. This reconsideration looks to have a major impact on trucking with the possibile elimination of the 11th hour of driving and the possible end of the 34-hour reset period. Regardless of what the new rule turns out to be, ...

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Chalk it up as a decent quarter

There was a mixed bag of trucking-related economic reports Friday, though the good seems to outweigh the bad. The American Truck Dealers, citing trade press reports, notes that third-quarter earnings reports from fleets show freight volumes appear to be rising, though revenues aren’t keeping pace. Also, U.S. truck tonnage fell 7.3 percent in September from the same month last year. That’s not good news unless you consider that it was the best year-to-year monthly showing since ...

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DGX acquires parts of C&H Freight

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Convoy for a Cure postmortem — a resounding success

With $13,000 raised and more than 30 trucks and many good times, the Convoy for a Cure event, dedicated to breast cancer awareness and fund-raising, at Willie's Place last weekend can no doubt be called a success, says Overdrive's October Trucker of the Month Howard Salmon. Salmon (pictured here with fellow country singer Kathy White) performed songs from his "These Trucks Are Made of Gold" record and enjoyed time with his wife, Mary, who flew ...

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Launch of YouTubeTrucking.com

Texas regional hauler Texomatic (www.twitter.com/texomatic, http://www.texomatic.com/>) is fed up, he says. "I am sick and tired really of minimal, zero, exposure on the national, regional or industry stage for all of us drivers...who make videos and put them out on YouTube." Minus a story he says appeared in Road King magazine, little industry attention has been paid to a growing cohort of driver-videographers producing video work of various and sundry natures as they haul across ...

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New iPhone app from trucking insurer

Since the introduction of the iPhone Trucker app earlier this year, more trucking-related endeavors have entered the area where mobile communications technology and business intersect. The latest iPhone app is Trucker1, what developer 1st Guard Corporation is calling "the first mobile application developed specifically for owner-operators," now available via the iTunes App Store. And, significantly, it's free. 1st Guard is a leading provider of physical damage and non-trucking-use liability insurance to owner-operators and small fleets, ...

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‘Changing channels…’ revisiting the citizens’ band

My "Exit Only" column in ema href="http://truckersnews.com/"Truckers News/a /emOctober edition profiled ham radio operator/truck driver Abed Melek Selase, Delaware-based long-haul driver for Metropolitan Trucking, who's been on something of a mission to rescue the CB from what many are calling its growing obsolescence, at best, in the age of cell phones and internet. At worst, detractors fault not the technology itself but the people using it, calling CB channel 19 an overcrowded, expletives-laden cesspool not ...

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Draggin’ wagons — the music video

Blast from the recent past, today.You might remember my post about trucker and frequent YouTube video-er Stephen Adams, aka TruckerSteve: In it, I remarked on TruckerSteve's sometime associate in YouTubing DriverGeoff, a hauler whose Twitter posts were marathons in repetition and general good humor -- blasts about his location, generally -- that took the form of "I'm draggin' my wagon through "...Well, while DriverGeoff's still sharing a great deal on YouTube, as of today looks ...

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Remembering bygone days

Mike French, 25-year veteran of Dart Transit, recalled vivid memories and colleagues of days long gone in the October issue of Advantage Digest, the fleet’s newsletter for their owner-operator contractors.Contractors, as a good-natured work force, are some of the constants in a changing world, he writes. "Contractors even connected to my family. I don’t have the exact details, but another contractor called ‘Snake’ hauled a Teddy Bear all over the U.S. for my son and ...

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