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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)

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)

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 READ MORE

Tags: Government

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

Trucks of the Future?

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 READ MORE

Tags: Equipment

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

Role Models: Industry Needs More Women Like These

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

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.

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 READ MORE

Tags: Trends

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

Distracted Driving Campaign: Taking a Closer Look

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 READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

Watch Out for Cargo Theft

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 READ MORE

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)

"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 READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

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

On the Border

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 READ MORE

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?

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 READ MORE

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.

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 READ MORE

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.

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 READ MORE

Tags: Going Green

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

Gone in 30 Seconds

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 READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

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

Helping Out the Little Guy

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 READ MORE

Tags: Trends

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

Think Pink: Truckers Help Fight Breast Cancer

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 READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains

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

A Satisfying Verdict

A D&T Trucking rig

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

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.

"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. READ MORE

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

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 READ MORE

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

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 READ MORE

Tags: Infotech

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

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

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 READ MORE

Tags: Infotech

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

Safety: Getting it Right

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 READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

From Russia With ... Diesel in Their Veins?

During discussions about the coming driver shortage, one fact that has been frequently mentioned is that during the last driver shortage, many trucking companies relied on immigrants to fill trucking seats. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 22, 2010 7:23 PM | » Comments(0)

Saving Money, Saving the Planet

Jim Burg is pursuing a number of energy-saving initiatives in his 70-plus-truck fleet.

"Going green" isn't just for huge fleets like Schneider or UPS. Just ask Jim Burg, one of Heavy Duty Trucking's 2010 Truck Fleet Innovators. Jim's the owner of James Burg Trucking Co., a regional flatbed carrier based in Warren, Mich. He has about 70 trucks READ MORE

Tags: Going Green

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 20, 2010 5:29 PM | » Comments(0)

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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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