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Risky Maneuver Breaks a Two-Rig Blockade

Senior Contributing Editor Tom Berg looks at something that gets his goat.

The "mad" trucker's horn and flashing lights got no results, so he made a bold but risky maneuver.

April 16, 2018

There is little more annoying than two big rigs driving side by side for miles on a freeway or Interstate road, keeping faster-moving cars from passing and oblivious to traffic building up behind them. Blog from Senior Contributing Editor Tom Berg.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Safety, Driver Behavior, Trailers, Safety

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, April 16, 2018 8:41 AM | » Comments(4)

In L.A. Beware of Baxter Street's 32% Grade!

Senior Contributing Editor Tom Berg looks up and down what's said to be one of the steepest streets in Los Angeles and the USA.

Rental truck got over the apex. Its driver, like others new to Baxter Street, must've been surprised by the series of hills.

April 8, 2018

The grade's apex is unnerving, and can hang up long vehicles, like trucks and semis. Residents want Waze, which has directed traffic in this direction, to wave off this route.

Tags: Driver Training, Trailers, Driver Safety, Routing

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Sunday, April 8, 2018 10:44 PM | » Comments(1)

Special Trailer Delivers Milwaukee's First New Trolley

The large, heavy load this week brought back memories. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

Police and pilot cars escort the rig carrying the first car for Milwaukee's new light-rail system to its drop-off point on March 26. Images: screen captures from Fox6 News-Milwaukee video.

March 28, 2018

The carrier's name -- Silk Road – is taken from the ancient Eurasian trade routes. It specializes in delivering transit equipment and has trailers set up to handle trolleys like this.

Tags: Trailers, Wisconsin

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, March 28, 2018 12:31 PM | » Comments(0)

Are Truck Drivers Finally Getting the Attention They Deserve?

Motor carriers are turning down business because they don't have enough truck drivers. Yet the latest turnover numbers are down, and industry hiring is up. Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Truck driver pay may finally be getting the attention it needs. Photo: Dupre Logistics

March 23, 2018

Motor carriers are turning down business because they don't have enough truck drivers. Yet the latest turnover numbers are down, and industry hiring is up. Many drivers, when they read articles about fleets facing a driver shortage, will tell you, it’s not a driver shortage, it’s a pay shortage. Are things changing?

Tags: Drivers, Truck Drivers, Driver Pay, Driver Retention

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 23, 2018 3:05 PM | » Comments(13)

Sometimes Trailers Can Be Taxed Twice

New trailers that are resold within six months are subject to the Federal Excise Tax. Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

The 12% Federal Excise Tax on new heavy trailers may be added twice if a vehicle is bought and sold within six months. Photo: Tom Berg

March 21, 2018

Let's say you resell a near-new trailer and charge the tax. The buyer complains that it's a used trailer. What do you say -- life's not fair?

Tags: Taxes, Trailers, Federal Excise Tax, Taxation, NTEA

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Wednesday, March 21, 2018 9:47 AM | » Comments(1)

WisDOT Ponders Using I-94 Shoulders for Autonomous Trucks

Shouldn't self-driving trucks properly test their equipment by mingling with normal traffic in regular lanes? Blog commentary by Tom Berg, Senior Contributing Editor

After the Chicago North Shore & Milwaukee Railroad shut down in 1963, its abandoned right-of-way was considered as a haul route for tractor-trailers. The idea didn't fly. Image: Milwaukee Electric Railway

March 12, 2018

Should freeway shoulders be set aside to run autonomous trucks? Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation is considering doing exactly that along a portion of Interstate 94 to support the carrying of machinery to a new factory south of Milwaukee. Tom Berg has more in the Trailer Talk blog. (Because autonomous trucks do pull trailers...)

Tags: Wisconsin, Trailers, Interstate 94, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Monday, March 12, 2018 7:57 AM | » Comments(1)

Infrastructure Plan: Here’s Hoping Action Will Speak Louder than Words

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Secretary Chao addressing attendees of AASHTO meeting in Washington on Feb. 28. Photo: via Twitter @USDOT

March 1, 2018

When it comes to the glacially swift rollout of President Trump’s infrastructure plan (now under way for well over a year), it can be perhaps be said, to paraphrase Winston Churchill broadly, that never before has so little been said to so many about so much.

Tags: U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Thursday, March 1, 2018 3:48 PM | » Comments(6)

Exploring the Cutting Edge of Trucking's Data Technologies

What do terms such as deep learning, machine learning, and artificial intelligence mean for trucking? Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief.

Artificial intelligence isn't a science-fiction concept anymore, and it is getting ready to play a larger role in trucking. Photo: Creative Commons

February 9, 2018

What do terms such as deep learning, machine learning, and artificial intelligence mean for trucking? Deborah Lockridge explores that question in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Big Data, Data Analysis, Artificial Intelligence, Business Management

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, February 9, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Scene-Stealing Trucks in Movies

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

February 2, 2018

It's Oscar season. Beyond Smokey and the Bandit, how many scene-stealing trucks in movies can you name? Deborah Lockridge shares top picks in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, February 2, 2018 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

ELDs So Far: Stories From the Road

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

One small fleet just bought this 1988 Kenworth cabover, once featured as a trucking mag centerfold, because it is exempt from the ELD mandate.

January 26, 2018

It’s been a little over a month since the electronic logging device mandate went into effect, and the transition appears to be a bit bumpy. Deborah Lockridge shares some of what she's heard in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: ELDS, Safety, ELD Mandate

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, January 26, 2018 6:57 AM | » Comments(16)

Gauging Driver Pay by Salary Gains

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Photo: Haldex

January 3, 2018

While long-haul drivers are seldom if ever salaried employees, knowing what the U.S. average percentage rate of increase is for employees who are paid salaries may help fleet managers gauge the pay expectations of drivers. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor.

Tags: Drivers, Driver Pay

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Wednesday, January 3, 2018 2:49 PM | » Comments(0)

7 Top Trends from 2017

Blog commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Two top trends -- ELDs and the driver shortage -- collided with driver protests in early December. Screenshot from WSYR TV

December 28, 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, HDT Editor in Chief shares her picks for the top trends and stories of the year. Many of these will continue into 2018 and beyond.

Tags: Drivers, ELDS, Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 28, 2017 2:36 PM | » Comments(1)

2018: Year of the Roads?

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Road work ahead! Photo: Deborah Lockridge

December 22, 2017

If 2017 was for trucking the year of the fearsome electronic log rule, then 2018 may well end up being the year of the awesome infrastructure bill...

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

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, December 22, 2017 2:21 PM | » Comments(2)

Problem Solvers Aim to Pave Way for Infrastructure Bill

Blog Commentary by Executive Editor David Cullen

Could an actual piece of infrastructure legislation soon appear on the horizon in Washington, DC?

December 1, 2017

The little-known Problem Solvers Caucus may play a big role getting an infrastructure package through Congress, says David Cullen in his Passing Zone blog.

Tags: Infrastructure, U.S. House of Representatives, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump, Elaine Chao

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Friday, December 1, 2017 3:52 PM | » Comments(0)

The Tesla Semi: Lots More Sizzle, Still No Steak

Blog Commentary by Equipment Editor Jim Park

Image: Tesla

November 20, 2017

Seven months after we were teased with a ghostly image of Tesla's ersatz electric semi, we still don't know anything substantive about it. Maybe that's all we need to know, says Jim Park in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Tesla Semi, Cummins, BYD, Motiv Power Systems, TransPower, Battery-Electric Vehicles

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, November 20, 2017 9:07 PM | » Comments(7)

Truck Driver Gets the Blame in Driverless Shuttle Bus Crash

Blog commentary by Equipment Editor Jim Park

November 9, 2017

Media outlets are reporting a collision between a driverless shuttle bus and a tractor-trailer in Las Vegas just hours after the bus was unveiled - and the truck driver was blamed. Equipment Editor Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Accidents, Shuttle Bus, Las Vegas, Autonomous Vehicles, Safety

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, November 9, 2017 10:46 AM | » Comments(4)

At ATA, Thoughts on Policy-Making and Politicking

Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) speaking to ATA committee in Orlando. Photo: David Cullen

October 24, 2017

You could certainly be forgiven if you were attending the American Trucking Associations’ annual confab here in Orlando this week and thought you’d made a wrong turn and stumbled into one of those partisan party retreats that Capitol Hill denizens hold somewhere outside the Beltway every now and then. Blog Commentary by David Cullen, Executive Editor

Tags: ATA, American Trucking Associations, U.S. DOT, Infrastructure Funding, Donald Trump

Author: David Cullen | Posted @ Tuesday, October 24, 2017 9:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Electric Semi: More Sizzle than Steak?

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Tesla founder Elon Musk tweeted this image of his upcoming all-electric tractor during a TED talk in Vancouver on April 29. Source: Twitter

May 2, 2017

The first image of Tesla's Electric Semi seem to show exactly the wrong type of electric truck. Is this for the benefit of investors or the trucking industry? Equipment Editor Jim Park explores the question in his On the Road blog.

Tags: Battery-Electric Vehicles, Elon Musk, Tesla, Alternative Fuels

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, May 2, 2017 11:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Terror by Truck: It's Happened Again

Blog commentary by Jim Park, Equipment Editor

Unattended trucks could become instruments of destruction. Photo by Jim Park

April 7, 2017

Someone in Stockholm, Sweden, crashed a delivery truck into a crowded department store, killing at least three. It's been described as an act of terror, but it may also have been a crime of opportunity. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor Jim Park asks: Are we ready to prevent or defend against such an attack?

Tags: Cybersecurity, Terrorism

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 1:04 PM | » Comments(4)

Do You Have a Will?

It's far easier to get your will in order than it will be for your family to figure out your wishes after your gone without a will. Photo by Jim Park

February 9, 2017

Without a clear statement of your intentions in the form of a will, the state might make these decisions for you, or decide how to divvy up your assets – possibly including your truck if you're an owner-operator. Jim Park blogs about why drivers (and others) need to give this some thought.

Tags: Truck Drivers, Driver Health

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, February 9, 2017 8:14 PM | » Comments(0)

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