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The Not-So-New Capitol Hill Players…

Photo: Architect of the Capitol

January 13, 2017

How the Trump Presidency ultimately pans out, of course, remains to be seen. But a key influence on how well the 45th President might succeed as an agent of change is as clear as the electoral-college vote— the GOP establishment still holds sway on Capitol Hill.

Tags: U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, January 13, 2017 2:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Why Are So Many Trailers Just Sitting There?

Very few of the trailers seen from the passenger train were at loading docks; most sat in long rows, side by side, looking forlorn and forgotten.

Because of the tracking device on its nose, Schneider dispatchers can find this van any time. Photos: Tom Berg

January 10, 2017

Managers strive for “productivity” and “equipment utilization,” but how many trailers are moving freight even half the time in their lives? Tom Berg's Trailer Talk blog muses on the number of trailers just sitting around.

Tags: Fleet Management, Trailers, Trailer Tracking, Fleet Productivity

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Tuesday, January 10, 2017 10:26 AM | » Comments(0)

The Steel Box That Changed Global Logistics

Did you know a trucking entrepreneur invented the modern shipping container?

Container ship at the Port of Long Beach. Photo: Jim Park

January 9, 2017

A dockworker from the 1950s would not recognize a modern cargo port, where huge gantries move steel boxes full of cargo from all over the world between ships, trains, and trucks. Deborah Lockridge has more in the All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Intermodal, In the Media, Ports, Trucking History

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, January 9, 2017 5:14 AM | » Comments(0)

Chao Seen as Shoo-in for DOT Chief

Image via Elainelchao.com

January 6, 2017

Of all those nominated to hold high government positions so far by President-elect Trump, Elaine Chao is the most likely to breeze through confirmation by the Senate.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, January 6, 2017 2:18 PM | » Comments(0)

7 Rules to Watch in ‘17

President-elect Trump speaking during the election campaign. Image: DonaldJTrump.com<br />

December 29, 2016

Donald Trump has yet to be sworn into office as the 45th President of the United States, so it's still far too soon to confidently predict how his stated goal of reducing the federal regulation of American business will be met in 2017.

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, U.S. Congress, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:12 PM | » Comments(0)

Truckers Among Volunteers for Wreaths Across America

Special graphics adorn trailers and tractors for the yearly haul to military cemeteries, where volunteers place Christmas bouquets at headstones.

Children are among the many volunteers who place Christmas wreaths at the headstones of deceased service members and veterans.

December 29, 2016

Dart Transit owner-operator Pat Wortham explains why he's involved in the yearly effort to honor deceased service members.

Tags: Wreaths Across America, Truckload Carriers Association, Dart Transit, American Trucking Associations, ATA

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, December 29, 2016 12:02 AM | » Comments(0)

Fruehauf’s 'Engineering' Story Told in New Book

“A truck is like a horse. It can pull more than it can carry,” was the slogan of August Fruehauf and his company, and it appeared as part of the firm’s advertising for years.

December 19, 2016

Vintage ads help Ruth Ann Fruehauf, granddaughter of the founder of Fruehauf Trailer Corp., tell how the company designed and built trailers for many uses.

Tags: Trailers, Automotive History, Trucking History, Fruehauf

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, December 19, 2016 12:32 PM | » Comments(0)

FMCSA Administrator Gets Glimpse of Life on the Road

Administrator Scott Darling and professional driver, Stephanie Klang. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking

December 12, 2016

Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Scott Darling last week got a taste of life on the road when he went for a ride with Women In Trucking Association’s Stephanie Klang, a professional driver for truckload carrier CFI based in Joplin, Missouri.

Tags: FMCSA, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 5:34 PM | » Comments(0)

Lessons of Water Win Could Pave Way for Highway Victory

Leadership, willingness to negotiate, and dealing in hard facts helped steer a major water infrastructure bill through Congress. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportation

December 12, 2016

When trucking advocates push for an extensive highway bill on Capitol Hill next year, they will at least have a proven roadmap to consult.

Tags: Highway Funding, AASHTO, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Monday, December 12, 2016 2:29 PM | » Comments(0)

Is There a 'Great Future' in Plastic Trailers?

Plastics -- specifically, molded structural composites -- might constitute the future of trailers. Some are used in Europe, and Wabash National is ready to build them here.

Dustin Hoffman&#39;s character, Ben Braddock, listens as Mr. McGuire (Walter Brooke) advises him to seek a future in &quot;plastics.&quot; Photo: Tom Berg, from &quot;The Graduate&quot; (Embassy Pictures, 1967), via YouTube.com.

December 9, 2016

Plastics -- specifically, molded structural composites -- might constitute the future of trailers. Some are used in Europe, and Wabash National is ready to build them here. Werner Enterprises, K&B Transportation, Combined Transport, and Leonard’s Express will acquire some MSC trailers for testing, and three dealers will help bring the trailers to market.

Tags: Reefers, Wabash National, Composites, Refrigerated Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Friday, December 9, 2016 11:19 AM | » Comments(0)

Helping Others Isn't Limited to the Holidays

Braydon Martin is all smiles in a Make-A-Wish Convoy truck. (Photo courtesy RoadPro Family of Brands)

December 8, 2016

When Brayton Martin gets behind the wheel of a semi in the Mother’s Day Truck Convoy, anyone within earshot knows it. He lays on the horn. The longer and louder, the better. Learn more about how truckers helped this little boy in the All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Make-A-Wish, Trucking's image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 8, 2016 12:21 PM | » Comments(0)

European Cargo Securement Devices are Diverse

American and Canadian rules require stuff in a van or reefer to be tied down, but it’s out of sight and can be overlooked by inspectors.

Koegel equipped its Cargo display trailer with various types of load-securing devices for several kinds of freight. This one includes curtain sides and a fold-up roof tarp for side and top loading. Photos: Koegel

November 30, 2016

Like here, tying down the goods is a concern in Europe, because a dominant German trailer builder recently displayed a van with numerous securement options aboard. Tom Berg has more in his Trailer Talk blog.

Tags: Vans, Europe, Cargo Securement, Safety & Compliance, Van Trailers

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, November 30, 2016 10:22 AM | » Comments(1)

Volvo Does it Again With Paraglider Video

November 29, 2016

In Volvo's latest promotional stunt video, the goal is to maintain a precise speed that allows pro paraglider Guillaume Galvani to stay in flight behind the Volvo FH rig on a highway in the Croatian Alps.

Tags: Volvo Trucks, In the Media, Volvo I-Shift, Automated Manual Transmissions, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:52 PM | » Comments(0)

Whose Infrastructure— Ours or Theirs?

The Trump infrastructure plan calls for spending $1 trillion-- but how much on what remains to be explained. Photo: U.S. Department of Transportaion

November 18, 2016

Listen carefully when you hear a politician or a lobbyist speak of “infrastructure.” To really mean anything, that big ugly word has got to be qualified.

Tags: Highway Funding, Capitol Hill, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, November 18, 2016 12:47 PM | » Comments(0)

Celebrating Strong Women in Trucking

After an election season where accusations of sexism were an issue, it's more important than ever to recognize the smart, talented, hard-working women in our midst.

November 16, 2016

The trucking industry is largely celebrating the election of Donald Trump as president, thanks to his promises to reduce industry regulation and invest in infrastructure. But what about his oft-reported attitude toward women? Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking Blog.

Tags: Women in Trucking, Donald Trump

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 16, 2016 9:03 AM | » Comments(2)

When Cummins Went to Indy

The #28 Cummins Special diesel race car is much more than a colorful relic from the past.

Bruce Watson, driver and caretaker of the Cummins #28 Special. Photo by Jim Park

August 10, 2016

Cummins Engine Co. founder Clessie Cummins knew a thing or two about making engines. As it turns out he had a twisted genius for marketing too.

Tags: Diesel Engines, Cummins, Racing, History

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, August 10, 2016 1:38 PM | » Comments(0)

Rodeo du Camion is a Trucking Event Like No Other

Photo: Jim Park

July 20, 2016

Anyone who says all the fun has gone from trucking has never been to Rodeo du Camion. It's a trucking event like no other, where drivers pull 45-ton loads of 2x4 lumber up a 12% grade in pursuit of a few thousands dollars in prize money. Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Canada, Rodeo du Camion

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM | » Comments(1)

Leaky Roofs, Plugged DPFs and a Rainbow of Coolants: TMC Tackles them All

Photo by Jim Park

March 3, 2016

What we learn from sessions like TMC's Fleet Forum is that you probably aren't the only truck owner having a particular problem. It puts the boots to the oft-heard comment from dealers, "Gee, I've never heard that one before."

Tags: TMC, DPF, Heavy Duty Coolants, Antifreeze, Maintenance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:37 PM | » Comments(0)

For Whom the ELD Bell Tolls

Life with ELDs will be an easy transition for some, not so easy for others. Photo by Jim Park.

December 10, 2015

It's official, finally; hours of service is going electronic. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor and former driver Jim Park tells fleets and owner-operators to prepare now for a cut in productivity and make the necessary adjustment to your operation while you still can.

Tags: FMCSA, ELDs, Hours of Service

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:28 AM | » Comments(1)

Ladies, Gentlemen; Please Meet THE Dumbest Truck Driver in the World

YouTube screen capture

August 24, 2015

You simply won't believe your eyes when you see what some dumb-*ss truck driver is doing in this YouTube video. Equipment editor Jim Park is just glad he was kind enough to leave behind this bit of evidence. Does anybody have any idea who this guy is?

Tags: Driver Safety, Driver Behavior

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM | » Comments(13)

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