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Trucking from the roots up

Score an at least partial victory for drivers and owner-operators this week. Many had a whole lot to do with the Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board's recent decision to go ahead with proposed closures of 19 rest areas in the state but to suspend the two-hour parking time limit, which has seen truckers hassled on their 10-hour federally mandated breaks in Virginia rest areas for years. Blogging about the issue yesterday was Linda Sunkle-Pierucki, the Detroit ...

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Trucker a ‘walking miracle’

Local refuse hauler Robert Jay Leffer (pictured with his son, Robert Jr.) of Sanford, N.C., is slowly getting better in the North Carolina Jaycee Burn Center in the Triangle area, where he's being treated for wounds sustained during a January accident when a reckless driver caused his truck to overturn and catch fire on I-40 in the state. The Raleigh News-Observer reported his story last Thursday on news the Leffer family was planning an event ...

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Hometown Spreckels, Calif., cafe not just for truckers

But I'm sure they're happy, if the Tamp;A Cafe in Spreckels, Calif., just south on Salinas on the Tanimura and Antle produce company's campus is anything like it was described at TheCalifornian.com by food writer Ricardo A. Diaz. Diaz was writing for the local news audience -- "...today my Volvo is darting around semis and trying to negotiate a parking lot teeming with 18-wheelers. I feel tough rubbing elbows with truckers and guys in coveralls."The ...

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Urine disposal, or ‘P bottle’ redux

Trucker Fernando Rimando puts a cap on an ongoing back-and-forth on the Truckers News letters page we noted in this post from March, about proper disposal of bottles of urine at truckstops. Rimando's e-mail to the office spells his process out in detail, and came with this quite illustrative picture. I read a lot of articles regarding pee bottles, and while all of them are against it I never read anything giving a solution ...

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Building permits among leading indicators

Today’s report on the Leading Economic Indicators is good news. It “increased sharply for the second consecutive month in May,” says The Conference Board. The strong points include some fiscal things, like interest rates and stock prices, but the positive freight-related items were building permits and, more indirectly, vendor performance and consumer expectations. “The index rose 1.2 percent (a 2.4 percent annual rate) between November 2008 and May 2009, the first time the index has increased over ...

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Truck fleet combats high diesel prices

In case you needed a reminder as diesel prices inch upward, at the the Northeast Pennsylvania Logistics amp; Transportation Industry Partnership's Go-Green Seminar today (held at Sands Spring Country Club in the town of Drums) Marketing VP Gerry Coyle for the intermodal, LTL and flatbed truckload carrier companies of the Evans Network offered further evidence of results obtained from basic operational and equipment improvements, some common among fleets and others recommended by the U.S. SmartWay ...

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Traffic blows up

Mathematicians at MIT have built a model to describe "how and under what conditions" so-called "phantom traffic jams," those without any obvious cause like a wreck or disabled vehicle, form on the roadways. An article about the research into "jamitons," as the researchers dub traffic jams of this type , appeared at the MIT news site here after the researchers reported findings in the Physical Review E online."Key to the new study is the realization ...

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Border backups

A recent report in the Maktoob Transport Business journal noted a huge hold-up for truckers driving into Saudi Arabia from the United Arab Emirates as Saudi officials reportedly began fingerprinting all drivers coming into the country, allegedly part of ongoing Saudi efforts to stem drug-trafficking.It was interesting in light of ongoing congestion issues on the U.S. southern border (northbound trucks pictured on the Laredo World Trade Bridge) recently highlighted in a conversation I had with ...

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A great guy still going

Overdrive Trucker of the Year for 2005, Ted Chapman (pictured), made it into print again -- this time for his adoration of the Peterbilt trucks he has driven in his more than 7 million accident-free miles and 50 of the 70 years the company has been in business.Chapman, along with owner-operators Ronald Colvin, Steve Cudeck and Anthony Goolesby, are featured in the summer issue of the company's newsletter, "First Class," celebrating the truck maker's 70th ...

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In memory of an ice road trucker

Those of you who caught the first episode of this season’s “Ice Road Truckers” might recall a part on how some of the truckers who’ve died on Alaska’s Dalton Highway have been memorialized at the Hilltop Truckstop. The Hilltop is between Fairbanks and the start of the Dalton, also known as the Haul Road, which runs up to Prudhoe Bay. As an example of the tributes, the program showed one on the wall for Dale Harris. ...

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