All That's Trucking

Meet Santa, aka America's Truck Drivers

December 21, 2010

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

Tags: Drivers

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

Happy Holidays for Trucking's Image at Humanitarian Bowl

December 19, 2010

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

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.

December 15, 2010

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

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)

December 13, 2010

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

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.

December 9, 2010

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

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, December 9, 2010 2:42 PM | » Comments(0)

Investing in the Future with Infrastructure

President Barack Obama jogs across the tarmac to shakes hands with people gathered to watch his arrival on Air Force One at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., Dec. 6, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

December 7, 2010

Infrastructure investment was one of the areas President Barack Obama singled out as "necessary for America to win the future" in a speech this week on the economy at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 7, 2010 10:26 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucks of the Future?

December 1, 2010

As the industry comments on the proposed fuel economy standards for medium and heavy trucks, here's an interesting video on YouTube about a designer who has developed futuristic truck prototypes

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, December 1, 2010 6:54 AM | » Comments(0)

Role Models: Industry Needs More Women Like These

November 30, 2010

I saw a lot of people during the American Trucking Associations' annual management conference this fall

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 30, 2010 1:22 PM | » Comments(1)

Beets on the Highway

Sugar beet based de-icers like Ice Bite and GeoMelt could offer a less corrosive, more environmentally friendly way for states to de-ice roads. Or maybe not.

November 29, 2010

As we head into another winter season with state transportation departments spraying roads with corrosive de-icing solutions, some states are trying to cut their use of such chemicals by using a de-icer made from sugar beet juice

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 9:47 AM | » Comments(0)

Distracted Driving Campaign: Taking a Closer Look

November 16, 2010

I got tears in my eyes yesterday when I watched the online video about the 8th-grader who was killed in 2008 when her school bus was crashed into by a truck traveling about 60 mph. The driver said he didn't see the bus

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, November 16, 2010 6:50 PM | » Comments(1)

Watch Out for Cargo Theft

November 15, 2010

A full truckload of pharmaceuticals worth several million dollars was stolen last week at a rest area in Kentucky, illustrating a trend toward ever-higher values of stolen pharmaceutical shipments

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 15, 2010 7:28 AM | » Comments(0)

Hold the Presses: Diesel Fumes Tied to Cancer

How relevant are these research results with today's low-emissions diesel engines? (Photo by Jim Park)

November 10, 2010

"Work exposure to diesel fumes tied to lung cancer." That's the headline of a Reuters news story this week reporting on a new research analysis. Hold on a minute. This is news

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 10, 2010 7:34 AM | » Comments(2)

On the Border

November 8, 2010

Now that the elections are over, Mexican officials are likely to push even harder to get the cross-border trucking dispute ironed out in this window of time before the 2012 elections start consuming the administration's attention

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 8, 2010 3:46 PM | » Comments(0)

Why Don't Military Trucks Have to Meet the Same Emissions Standards We Do?

November 3, 2010

I got an e-mail the other day from an owner-operator who was curious about why the government doesn't have to follow its own emissions rules when it comes to trucks owned by the military

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, November 3, 2010 3:30 PM | » Comments(0)

Aftermarket Truck Equipment Counts in Gathering Groundbreaking Tornado Data

Stormchaser Tim Samaras will be at this week's SEMA show.

October 29, 2010

Viewers of the Discovery Channel's "Stormchasers" program may not give much thought to the truck equipment that helps these daring tornado researchers do their job, but something as seemingly simple as a liftgate can make a big difference

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 29, 2010 2:10 PM | » Comments(0)

Port Carriers Find a Loophole

By 2012, Class 8 trucks operating at the LA and Long Beach ports must meet EPA 2007 emissions levels. But the rules don't say anything about Class 7.

October 27, 2010

Seems some carriers at the Southern California ports have found a loophole that allows them to continue operating some older, higher-polluting trucks that supposedly have been banned from the ports as part of their Clean Truck programs

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 27, 2010 12:49 PM | » Comments(1)

Gone in 30 Seconds

October 25, 2010

Remember the movie "Gone in Sixty Seconds," where Nicolas Cage is a retired master car thief who has to steal 50 cars in one night to save his brother's life? Last night, CBS Evening News viewers got to watch a heavy-duty truck get stolen in less than 30 seconds

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 25, 2010 8:27 PM | » Comments(0)

Helping Out the Little Guy

October 24, 2010

The recession may officially be over, but many smaller trucking companies are struggling to come out of it strong. One company is trying to help with some free advice

Tags: Trends

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, October 24, 2010 11:17 AM | » Comments(0)

Think Pink: Truckers Help Fight Breast Cancer

October 15, 2010

Each year around this time, I usually get at least one press release in my in-box about a trucking company that is painting one of its rigs pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 15, 2010 10:43 AM | » Comments(0)

A Satisfying Verdict

A D&T Trucking rig

October 15, 2010

It's nice to hear about a trucking lawsuit that went the way of the trucker for a change

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 15, 2010 8:35 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking as Art

An image from the series Hurry Up and Wait.

October 14, 2010

"We all have an idea of what a truck driver's like when we're a kid - but we don't really know much about them.

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 14, 2010 7:36 PM | » Comments(0)

One Man's Business Philosophy: Innovate, Solve Customer Problems ... and Have Fun

October 10, 2010

When the black-and-yellow, pointy-tailed Marmon Wasp won the first Indy 500 race in 1911, it was thanks to innovation. Not a faster engine, or even the more aerodynamic shape of the car. The key was the rear-view mirror

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, October 10, 2010 7:07 PM | » Comments(1)

It All Started With A Quest for a Better Two-Way Radio

Jack Goeken is perhaps most famous for helping to break up

October 6, 2010

Did you know the guy who broke Ma Bell's monopoly did it because he was trying to sell truckers a two-way radio system that could give them uninterrupted contact with their headquarters

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 6, 2010 11:31 AM | » Comments(0)

IT and Innovation -- It's not just for Apple

September 27, 2010

What do an old-school auto manufacturer, a soft drink maker, the world's largest discount retailer, a consumer packaged goods company -- and some of the country's most creative trucking companies -- have in common? Innovative use of information technology

Tags: Infotech

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 27, 2010 7:35 PM | » Comments(0)

Safety: Getting it Right

September 23, 2010

In an apparent case of the right hand not knowing what the left hand is doing, even as Schneider National's safety VP Don Osterberg was participating in the National Distracted Driving Summit in Washington, D.C., this week, the company was using texting in its recruiting ads

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, September 23, 2010 7:27 AM | » Comments(0)

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Deborah Lockridge

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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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