Blogs

Trucking ‘uberization’ and the ‘new 800-pound gorilla that everyone will have to be aware of’

According to Business Insider writer Eugene Kim's sources, that gorilla is Amazon, who plans to develop an app to help match freight to truckers. Big difference between Amazon and numerous tech start-ups in this space: freight volume, of course.

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Dear Governor [insert appropriate name] …

During the changeover in administrations for elected offices won in November, making your voice heard is incredibly important, and it's valuable for the incoming officials to hear it.

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FMCSA and some states sharpen audit teeth with ‘enhanced investigative techniques’

'EIT' in the parlance of acronym-happy bureaucratese, Jeff Davis of Fleet Safety Services likened new investigative approaches of auditors to another EIT, Enhanced Interrogation Techniques -- or 'compliance-review waterboarding,' so to speak ...

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Abracadabra autonomous!

“They’re not opponents of tech, but it might be a failure of imagination" --Venture capitalist on disconnect between truckers' expectations of self-driving tech and those of the folks in Silicon Valley. Wendy: "Let's slow the row on the imagination-bashing a little and get real."

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Thursday round-up: Supply chain mandating ELDs?, Wal-Mart moving toward cab cameras, nolo contendere for operator

Reporting out of Arkansas: Wal-Mart's private fleet begins to test in-cab camera systems. Howard Salmon pleas out from under a following-too-close citation. And: one regular reader calls foul on the notion that brokers/shippers will require ELDs in contracts for exempt truckers post-mandate.

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“As a man thinketh …”

Holiday stress is real. "For whatever reason, and there are hundreds this time of year, November through January seem to induce more worry and consternation ..." Fortunately, there are ways to combat it.

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What happens when suspension bolts fall out at speed?

Suspension repair gone wrong: For owner-operator Howard Salmon, with winter conditions settling in over parts of the country, he's thankful the bolts fell out where they did, to a certain extent ...

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‘Movin’ On’ moves on to video streams

Remastered episodes of “Movin’ On” have been released for streaming. The '70s TV series featured team drivers roaming the country, stumbling into other people’s problems and helping solve them.

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The Haven

Wendy's parody of Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" poem details an encounter with a local LEO tap tap tapping on the driver's door: "I'm here for sleep, and nothing more."

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New hub covers, more for Michael and Tammy Groom and their ‘Mothership’ 2012 KW T660

There's certainly more than just aesthetics driving the choice of the Vyper covers by American Truck Technology, Michael says. (They do look good, though.) An encounter with the head of the company led a little brand loyalty, of a sort...

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