All That's Trucking

Ole Number One finds a new home in Iowa

Above, the first driver of the CCX truck talks about the truck. Below, L to R, Gary Frantz, Con-way, Dick Heyob, Con-way driver and original driver of the truck; Dave Miller, former president of Con-way Central, and museum curator Dave Meier.

The first truck to go into service for Con-way Central Express, a 1983 Ford CL9000 cabover, has a new home at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 15, 2011 2:18 PM | » Comments(2)

Got a Million-Mile Engine?

Jerry Kissinger and his 1991 Mack SuperLiner with a million-mile engine.

How much is a million? A children's book says it would take 23 days to even count to a million and that a goldfish bowl large enough to hold a million goldfish could hold a whale. For truckers, a million miles is about 10 years READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2011 10:10 AM | » Comments(0)

Demography 101

Ken Gronbach talks about generational shifts at the HDT/HDMA Fleet Summit. (Photo by Deborah Lockridge)

So what is a demographer, anyway? As Ken Gronbach's daughter put it, it's like an economist, only instead of counting financial indicators, he counts people READ MORE

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 30, 2011 9:21 PM | » Comments(1)

How Cummins is beating vertical integration

Cummins not only makes engines, it also makes aftertreatment and other components used on competing engines.

Now that every truck maker has its own captive engine, how does an independent engine company like Cummins survive READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, March 29, 2011 8:59 PM | » Comments(0)

Brake and Wheel 'Data Hound' One of Many Businesses Turning to iPad

The Apple iPad, now in its second generation, is being used for a lot more than e-books and web browsing.

Who would have guessed that Apple's iPad would be such a hard worker READ MORE

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 23, 2011 3:10 PM | » Comments(0)

U.S. Offices of Japanese Truck Builders Await Word of Disaster's Effects

The disaster in northeastern Japan is receiving blanket news coverage, but only in recent days have definitive stories emerged about its effects on commerce. Automobile plants southwest of the quake, tsunami and nuclear-affected region are shut down and supplies of Japanese cars and parts have been interrupted READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 18, 2011 8:16 PM | » Comments(0)

Navistar Considering 'Exciting Technologies' for Later Diesels

Jim Hebe, senior vice president, North American sales operations, discussed future emissions technology at The Work Truck Show.

Corrected 3/13/2011. Navistar International is looking at some "exciting technologies" to reduce oxides of nitrogen in the exhaust of its later diesels, but aftertreatment using urea -- at least in liquid form -- will not be one of them READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, March 9, 2011 6:51 PM | » Comments(1)

Aaanticipation ...

I can't remember when there was more anticipation about a new truck model coming out. Cat's new on-highway vocational truck, the CT660, will be officially unveiled later this month at ConExpo show in Las Vegas. HDT Senior Editor Tom Berg will be there READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, February 28, 2011 2:14 PM | » Comments(1)

End of an Era?

Historical truck photos from FFE

In the last few weeks, well-known truckload leaders have announced they are stepping back from the front lines at the companies they founded or have led for decades READ MORE

Tags: Fleet Focus

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, February 24, 2011 12:19 PM | » Comments(0)

DeFazio on his Detention Bill

Will a bill to address detention issues mean drivers get paid for waiting? (Photo courtesy PacLease)

"Until there is a consequence to the shippers, and those who are receiving the freight, they're going to keep abusing the truck drivers. READ MORE

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 12:55 PM | » Comments(1)

Mexico: Quit Sending Us Your Shoddy Trucks!

Photos of Mexican trucks operating in Mexico -- maybe it's a myth that Mexican trucks are a safety nightmare. (Photos courtesy Mexico Trucker blog)

For years, opponents of opening the U.S.-Mexico border to Mexican long-distance trucking have cited shoddy, unsafe equipment as one of their concerns. Now Mexican trucking interests are saying they're tired of the U.S. sending its "shoddy used trucks" south of the border READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, February 18, 2011 11:01 AM | » Comments(0)

What Keeps Maintenance Managers Up At Night?

When you get hundreds of fleet maintenance managers together on one location, you can bet they're going to start swapping stories about various equipment and maintenance issues they're having READ MORE

Tags: In the Shop

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 8, 2011 8:46 PM | » Comments(2)

BMW's 'Clean Diesel' Ad Falls Short

Clean diesel featured during the Superbowl? Great, right? Not so great when it's BMW touting its clean diesel solution and implying that every other diesel vehicle on the road, including trucks, is belching thick black smoke READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, February 6, 2011 5:11 PM | » Comments(0)

Got any Horror Stories About New Jersey's Snow and Ice Removal Law?

The New Jersey Motor Truck Association reports it has been fielding one horror story after another of the lengths to which some in law enforcement are enforcing the state's new snow and ice law, and is asking for further documentation to present to government officials READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, February 1, 2011 1:56 PM | » Comments(0)

Time to Submit Your Comments on HOS Proposal

I've heard a lot of talk about the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new hours of service proposal. It's too complicated, it would harm productivity, it wouldn't improve safety, and so on. But have you told all that to the agency yet READ MORE

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, January 27, 2011 2:19 PM | » Comments(0)

How Will CSA Data Be Used?

Drivers with good CSA scores may be looking for carriers with good scores to drive for.

Last month, the next stage of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's new CSA 2010 enforcement program went live, making carrier safety information available to the public READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:20 AM | » Comments(0)

Tonic for a Winter Day

I spent all of yesterday in an uncomfortable chair in a hotel meeting room listening to 35 guys say pretty much the same thing in 35 different ways READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, January 10, 2011 4:43 PM | » Comments(0)

Driver Distraction at CES

Hyundai's Blue Link promises text-activated Internet access. Will similar technology make an appearance in trucks?

Driver distraction seems to have been a fairly hot issue driving announcements at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. I wasn't there, but I've seen several news releases on the wires READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 5, 2011 2:55 PM | » Comments(0)

Orphan Earmarks Costing States Billions in Highway Money

Texas has more than $400 million in unspent earmarks for highway projects.

As we look to a 2011 where it seems less and less likely we'll see a true rethinking on Capitol Hill of how our country pays for infrastructure, a new report by USA Today uncovers how botched and orphan "earmarks" -- aka pork -- is actually costing states highway money READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, January 5, 2011 8:33 AM | » Comments(0)

Tennessee Paper Looks at Trucking in 2011

U.S. Xpress co-chairs Max Fuller and Pat Quinn.

It's not often you see articles about the health of the trucking industry in your local paper, but I suppose with big industry names like U.S. Xpress and Covenant Transport, Chattanooga might be expected to be an exception READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, January 3, 2011 2:50 PM | » Comments(0)

Meet Santa, aka America's Truck Drivers

Truck drivers may not wear funny red suits and sport bushy white beards (well, I have seen a few with the latter), but they nevertheless bear a strong resemblance to ol' St. Nick READ MORE

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 21, 2010 9:37 AM | » Comments(0)

Happy Holidays for Trucking's Image at Humanitarian Bowl

It was a happy holiday for trucking image advocates Saturday as the Udrove Humanitarian Bowl highlighted the trucking industry in a positive way READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, December 19, 2010 7:56 PM | » Comments(1)

Meet some FedEx Ground Entrepreneurs

A court ruling has bolstered FedEx Ground's use of independent contractors.

Drivers or employees? Earlier this month, a federal judge ruled in favor of FedEx in a number of lawsuits that alleged the company improperly classified delivery drivers as independent contractors READ MORE

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, December 15, 2010 8:08 AM | » Comments(1)

2010 Big Year For Attacks on Independent Contractor Status

Companies using owner-operators could face lawsuits or challenges from the IRS or state agencies over the validity of their independent contractors status. (Photo by Jim Park)

If you use owner-operators, you might want to make a resolution for 2011 to take a close look at your practices to try to fend off possible attacks on their independent contractor status READ MORE

Tags: Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, December 13, 2010 6:57 AM | » Comments(1)

That's a Really Big Pickup Truck!

Volvo's custom VHD pickup is a hit with visitors to the New River Valley plant.

I bet there are some truck enthusiasts who would love to have this baby under their Christmas tree. Oh, wait, at 11 feet high it probably won't fit through the door -- or even in most garages READ MORE

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 9, 2010 2:42 PM | » Comments(1)

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