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Dollars and Sense: Clearing up fuel taxes

Because owners of Class 8 vehicles have to reconcile the amount of fuel burned in a state with the amount of fuel purchased in that state, the state tax owed could be more or less than the tax paid at the pump.

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Getting out of hand?

When I wrote Friday about the media ramp-up to the U.S. Department of Transportation's so-called "distracted driving summit," which begins today, noting the broad definition of on-board technology in some safety groups' analyses of in-cab distraction, little did I know that the New York Times would follow with a more supposedly in-depth look at the subject on Sunday that, well, might have given some credence at least to my "here's hoping it all doesn't get ...

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Prominent coverage of truckstop chaplain

Chaplain Joe Hunter's Truckstop Ministries, Inc., organization just got a bump in attention -- at least from people outside the trucking community. CNN ran a story about Hunter and his ministry on their site, part of their "Road Warriors: Traveling Tactics" series of special reports. Read it here; it's an interesting piece about an exuberant industry character ("Chaplain Joe," as Hunter is known, is himself a former driver, with 20 years on-road time under his ...

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Ohio owner-operator drives away with sweepstakes rig

It was quite the scene at Randally-Reilly Publishing headquarters in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Friday. The publishers of Custom Rigs magazine -- whose parent mag is Overdrive -- flew in the winner of its first-ever sweepstakes, John Lacusky of Ohio, to pick up the Chrome Shop Mafia-detailed Sequel, a 1998-model International 9400 he won when his name was drawn from thousands who put in in advance of the Great American Trucking Show last month in Dallas.Lacusky ...

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Commercial driver texting ban gets media legs

In advance of U.S. DOT's finally scheduled "distracted driving summit" next week, it might come as no surprise that the alliance of safety groups known as Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety (saferoads.org) held a press conference and announced their petition to DOT to restrict or outright prohibit the use of electronic devices while running down the road. Most of the attention of late has of course been on the activity of texting, specifically, after ...

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Meet TruckerDesiree

The subject of my "Exit Only" column in this month's Truckers News was one among many lights of a new cadre of social-media-savvy advocates in the trucking community. Desiree Wood (pictured) is her name, and though she sometimes (somewhat -- but only somewhat -- facetiously) calls herself a renegade, she's got her own and other drivers' interests in mind when she communicates with Washington politicos, journalists and others via her highly trafficked "TruckerDesiree" Twitter feed; ...

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Truckers pitch in to foil suicide attempt

In Overdrive's home base of Tuscaloosa, Ala., yesterday, several truckers pitched in to help police foil a suicide attempt on the I-20/59 bridge over MacFarland Blvd. A nice gallery of pictures from the scene show, among other choice images, police unrolling an inflatable catch device atop two dry vans parked under the overpass.Picture here courtesy Tuscaloosa News. Photo by Michael E. Palmer/Tuscaloosa News

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Changing Channels

A not-so-modest proposal from licensed ham operator and truck driver for breaking the Channel 19 cacophony Delaware-based Metro...

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Lighthouse comes to N.C. truckstop

If the shine on the stainless in their new chrome shop wasn't enough to get your attention, the Kenly 95 TA Truckstop in Kenly, N.C., has unveiled a 65-ft. lighthouse to send a beacon to all haulers traversing the highly trafficked I-85 corridor in the Southeast. Part of the Iowa 80 Group, Kenly 95 continues to grow and remodel on a schedule ending next year. In addition to the lighthoues and chrome shop, the restaurant ...

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‘Horsepower’ host tries hand at diesels

Navistar's Maxxforce engines and their 2010 emissions technologies might be the only heavy-duty diesels to have ever had their own television show -- the new Maxxforce TV website debuted in the last couple weeks and features Qamp;As with drivers around the country in quiz-show style, complete with cash and prizes.In the first episode, one Illinois hauler named Sal gets quizzed on Maxxforce advanced EGR emissions technology by Spike TV's Horsepower car show host Joe Elmore ...

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