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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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And you thought CA was tough on diesels

With all the fire on owner-operators of diesels coming out of the Golden State, one wouldn't be unjustified in feeling a little picked on (the skinny on upcoming California deadlines for reefers and trucks serving ports you can find here). But perhaps you can take heart (or bile, depending on how charitable you're feeling today) from this latest announcement from the California Air Resources Board, the state's arbiter of emissions regulations. Wednesday CARB said it ...

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‘Truckin’ Life’ magazine founder remembered

Truckin' Life is Australia's premiere trucking magazine for owner-operators: in certain ways, it shares with its American counterpart in Overdrive a defining mission, clear from the tagline that adorns its cover, "The voice of the Australian trucker." Truckin' Life's founder, Malcolm B. Johnson (pictured, courtesy Truckin' Life), suffered a heart attack July 31 and passed away in early August.According to former Truckin' Life managing editor Jim Gibson, writing Johnson's obituary in Truckin' Life recently, the ...

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Online Interface Makes it Easier for Drivers to Find Need-it-Now Parts

Blind driving just around the next corner?

Today's topic of note calls for a modification of the last line of novelist Ralph Ellison's 1950s book Invisible Man, which concludes with the book's protagonist a little closer to visibility perhaps than when he started setting down his story. In this case, a technology may well make the revised sentiment a possibility, which has all to do with bringing the activity of driving into the hands of a significant subset of individuals previously locked ...

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Air cargo pilots looking for the bathroom

Pilots for air-cargo company Amerijet are on strike, alleging already bad and deteriorating working conditions. Among those conditions, detailed by a couple striking pilots interviewed by an independent journalist in the video below, via YouTube, is the fact of the small bags the pilots must use to relieve themselves, then storing the bags at the back of the cockpit for the course of their up to 18-hour shifts. They also claim that when they arrive ...

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