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How ELDs Could Help Fix Problems with Truck Driver Hours of Service Rules

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

The end of paper logbooks may be just what the industry needs to make its case about unrealistic hours of service regulations. Photo: Jim Park.

When it comes to addressing real-world problems with federal truck driver hours of service rules, we all know the government moves very slowly. The good news is, the controversial electronic logging device mandate could actually help the industry make its case. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Regulations, Hours of Service, ELDs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 14, 2017 6:02 AM | » Comments(4)

CNN Highlights Trucking's Role in Fighting Human Trafficking

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Inland Kenworth will auction off a special KW T680 "Everyday Heroes" truck in June and donate the proceeds to Truckers Against Trafficking. Here the truck is on display at FlowBelow's booth at the Technology & Maintenance Council annual meeting earlier this year. Photo: Deborah Lockridge

CNN tells the story of human trafficking through the eyes of a trucker who was responsible for the liberation of a 20-year-old abused and tortured sex slave. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media, Human trafficking, Truckers Against Trafficking, Image

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 12, 2017 6:01 AM | » Comments(0)

Drivers Weigh in on Swift-Knight Merger via Facebook

Blog Commentary by Deborah Lockridge, Editor in Chief

Knight’s Facebook page was busy Monday with questions and answers about the big merger news with Swift. Deborah Lockridge has highlights in the All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Knight Transportation, Swift Transportation, Mergers & Acquisitions, Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 11, 2017 8:23 AM | » Comments(2)

This Company Says It's Giving Truck Drivers a Voice – And Great Deals

HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge visits with One20 and TruckThat founder Christian Schenk.

Christian Schenk, center, with the One20 team, which aims to give drivers the tools and discounts that will help make their lives easier. Photo: One20

Christian Schenk is on a mission — to make drivers' lives better. In her All That's Trucking blog, Deborah Lockridge shares what she learned in a wide-ranging interview with Schenk on his One20 and TruckThat brands, which take an unconventional approach to being a driver advocate. READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, MATS, One20

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 7, 2017 7:42 AM | » Comments(2)

Why Self-Driving Trucks Don't Add Up

Autonomous technologies don't necessarily mean drivers won't still have a place in the truck. Photo: Daimler Trucks

Will self-driving trucks put truck drivers out of work? The numbers just don't add up, say two Brookings Institute analysts. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 5, 2017 8:16 AM | » Comments(2)

5 Myths About ELDs

Photo courtesy J.J. Keller

In her All That's Trucking blog, HDT's Deborah Lockridge asks compliance expert Tom Bray about the most common myths and misconceptions fleets have about electronic logging devices. READ MORE

Tags: ELDs, ELD Mandate, J.J. Keller, Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 10, 2017 12:00 PM | » Comments(8)

Thinking About Female Drivers on International Women's Day

Photo courtesy UPS

Wednesday, March 8, is International Women’s Day. And while historically, trucking is a heavily male profession, Omnitracs and the Women in Trucking Association have crunched some data indicating that women may actually make better truck drivers than men. READ MORE

Tags: Truck Drivers, Women in Trucking Association, Omnitracs, Women Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, March 7, 2017 2:55 PM | » Comments(1)

Will Driver Misclassification Issues Ease Under Trump Administration?

Independent contractors operating at ports, like the Port of Long Beach, are challenging their status. Photo: Jim Park

What will happen to the battle over the alleged "misclassification" of owner-operator truck drivers under our new Republican administration? Deborah Lockridge has some insight in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Drivers, Legal, Independent Contractors

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 7, 2017 12:39 PM | » 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

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. READ MORE

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

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

FMCSA Administrator Gets Glimpse of Life on the Road

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

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. READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, Women in Trucking

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

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. READ MORE

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

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

Volvo Does it Again With Paraglider Video

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. READ MORE

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

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 29, 2016 1:52 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.

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. READ MORE

Tags: Women in Trucking, Donald Trump

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

Autonomous Trucks, Hair Testing and E-Commerce in the News This Week

We highlight several stories that appeared in the mainstream press this week, dealing with hair testing for drugs and alcohol colliding with religious beliefs; what UPS and FedEx are doing to speed e-commerce deliveries; and a couple of the latest items about autonomous trucks. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media, Hair Testing, Autonomous Vehicles, E-commerce

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 14, 2016 6:27 AM | » Comments(0)

5 Takeaways from ATA MC&E

A new take-charge chief leads the association during times of uncertainty and fast-changing technology.

Chris Spear addresses ATA MC&E as its president and CEO. Photo: Evan Lockridge

The American Trucking Associations’ annual Management Conference & Exhibition wrapped up in Las Vegas last week, so Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge has had a little time to reflect on the key themes of the many sessions, announcements and expo booths for her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Economy, Active Safety Systems, Big Data, Truck Platooning, ATA MC&E, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 13, 2016 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Speed Limiters Redux

Photo: Deborah Lockridge

A recent editorial on speed limiters generated a flurry of comments. HDT's Deborah Lockridge shares some of them, and some more thoughts on this controversial issue, in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: FMCSA, Regulations, Safety & Compliance, Speed Limits, Heavy Vehicle Speed Limiters

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 12, 2016 8:30 AM | » Comments(2)

Uber, Otto Talk About Plans to Transform Trucking

Photo via Otto blog

The term "Uber for trucking" is at risk of becoming a generic term, being used for a variety of new apps aimed at automating the load booking process, but Uber is making big plans to make "Uber for trucking" a reality, according to a new report from Reuters. READ MORE

Tags: 3PL, Brokers, Uber, Autonomous Vehicles, Otto

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 28, 2016 6:01 AM | » Comments(3)

Volvo's Iron Knight Truck Sets New Speed Record

At the heart of this "beast" is a standard I-Shift Dual Clutch transmission

Volvo is again using high-profile stunts and viral video to highlight its engineering skills, and the latest is The Iron Knight, the world’s fastest truck, breaking the record set by a previous special Volvo truck. READ MORE

Tags: Volvo Trucks, In the Media, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 26, 2016 1:57 PM | » Comments(3)

The Rocky Road to Automating Freight Matching

Two contrasting bits of news about the so-called “Uber for trucking” marketplace – and should we really be calling it that, anyway?

Photo: Loadsmart

Two contrasting bits of news about the so-called “Uber for trucking” marketplace prompted this All That's Trucking blog from Deborah Lockridge, who asks, should we really be calling it that, anyway? READ MORE

Tags: Mobile Apps, Cargomatic, Freight Uberization, Loadsmart

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:13 AM | » Comments(0)

Flowers Foods Facing Employee Misclassification Problems

Tastykake is one of many brands owned by Flowers Foods. 2009 photo by Ezra Wolfe, used under Creative Commons license.

The Department of Labor may be getting involved in an employee “misclassification” situation involving delivery drivers at Flowers Foods, the Georgia-based company that owns Wonder Bread, Nature’s Own, Tastykake and other brands. READ MORE

Tags: Truck Drivers, Department of Labor, Private Fleets, Independent Contractors, Delivery Fleets, Flowers Foods

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 11, 2016 7:45 AM | » Comments(3)

Autonomous Truck Development Marches On

"We want people who start a trip to finish it."

The Mercedes-Benz Future Bus is Daimler's latest entry into the autonomous commercial vehicle realm.

Autonomous Tesla big rigs and a self-driving bus ... and what's the federal government going to do about regulating this fast-changing technology? Learn more in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Tesla, Daimler, Autonomous Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:24 AM | » Comments(2)

Drivers Behaving Badly

There are bad apples in any profession, but the visibility of tractor-trailers tends to result in more media coverage. There were a few real doozies this week that Deborah Lockridge highlights in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Image, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Changing Perceptions, One Mind at a Time

Truck safety advocate Ron Wood rides with veteran Walmart driver Carol Nixon. Photo courtesy Women in Trucking.

When it comes to changing perceptions about trucking, nothing beats a hands-on show-and-tell experience. Read about what one association is doing in this arena in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Image, Women in Trucking, Safety

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2016 9:50 AM | » Comments(1)

Earthquakes, Highways and Washington State

Damaged portion of the Golden State Freeway (I-5) at Gavin Canyon after California's Northridge earthquake in 1994. By Robert A. Eplett from the FEMA Photo Library.

As if we didn't have enough to worry about when it comes to our crumbling infrastructure and how it holds up to everyday traffic, in Washington State they're asking the question: What happens if there's a major earthquake? Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Infrastructure, Washington, Natural Disaster

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7:29 AM | » Comments(0)

7 Clues That Game of Thrones is Really About Hazmat Shipping

Like the many battles on the television show Game of Thrones, it also can be a battle to correctly and compliantly ship Dangerous Goods and hazardous materials. Find out why in the All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Hazardous Materials, Hazmat

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:56 PM | » Comments(2)

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All That's Trucking blog is just that – the editor's take on anything and everything related to trucking, with the help of guest posts from other HDT editors. Author Deborah Lockridge's career as an award-winning trucking journalist started in 1990.

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