All That's Trucking

Euro-Style Cabovers in the U.S. and Canada?

PIT doing fuel-economy testing comparing a European Volvo cabover and a North American Volvo conventional.

October 23, 2013

All That's Trucking Blog: Could we see a re-emergence of Class 8 cabovers in the U.S. and Canada? A couple of Canadian fleets appear to be interested in them for improved freight efficiency, but an exec from the one company that's still making them doesn't think drivers would stand for it.

Tags: Canada, Class 8, Fuel Economy, Cabovers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, October 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(11)

Student-Built Truck Takes 1st Place at 2013 Diesel Nationals

October 14, 2013

A race truck built from an old R Model Mack by students from Lincoln Educational Services' South Plainfield, N.J., campus took first place in its class at the 2013 Diesel Nationals in Englishtown, N.J., last month.

Tags: Training, New Jersey, Technicians

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 14, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Three Cool Things from the Green Fleet Expo

Unlike most other electric trucks that convert existing chassis, this one was designed and built from the ground up as an electric vehicle.

October 11, 2013

More than 600 fleet managers and fleet stakeholders took part at last week's Green Fleet Conference & Expo, held Oct. 1-2 at the Phoenix Convention Center. The exhibition hall had nearly 70 exhibitors, and while there were plenty of interesting things to see, Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge picks out three of the most intriguing to write about for her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Natural Gas, Green Fleet Conference, EVs, Alternative Fuels, Events

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

European Rally Promotes Natural Gas as Fuel

A trash truck fueled by CNG at a stop in Finland on the seventh Blue Corridor Natural Gas Vehicle Rally.

October 8, 2013

In Europe, they're partway through the seventh Blue Corridor Natural Gas Vehicle Rally, where natural-gas-powered vehicles are driving from St. Petersburg, Russia, around the Baltic Sea with stops along the way in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia to demonstrate the benefits of using natural gas in transportation.

Tags: Natural Gas, Alternative Fuels, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

‘Spirit of Goodyear’ Retiring, High-Tech Blimp on the Way

The Spirit of Goodyear blimp will give up its spot in the Wingfoot Lake Hangar near Akron, Ohio, for the new Goodyear New Technology blimp.

October 7, 2013

Everyone's familiar with the Goodyear blimp. But new, high-tech blimps are on the way, and Goodyear will be retiring its Ohio-based Spirit of Goodyear blimp, reports Deborah Lockridge in her All That's Trucking blog.

Tags: Goodyear, Tires

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 7, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Pushing the Envelope on Fuel Economy

The Freightliner Cascadia Evolution uses small component and part changes to add up to fuel economy gains.

October 4, 2013

The low-hanging fruit when it comes to fuel economy has all been picked. Now truck and engine makers are examining every part and component of the truck in exacting detail to figure out where they can cut the smallest amount of drag or the small parasitic loss of power that drag down fuel economy. Deborah Lockridge offers two examples in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: MPG, Freightliner, Daimler Trucks North America

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, October 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

When the Wheels' Ain't Rollin' in DC (With Apologies to Merle Haggard)

October 1, 2013

Senior Contributing Editor Evan Lockridge must have been watching way too much TV Monday as we approached a government shutdown, because he decided the impasse needed its own song -- sung to the music of the 1975 hit "Movin' On," because Congress is certainly NOT movin' on. Read more, if you dare, in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, October 1, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(2)

Stories You May Have Missed

September 30, 2013

With the government shutdown on one coast, the stranglehold of emissions regulations on the other, and a look at trucking efforts to thwart drug smugglers, trucking's been in the general media this past week. Read more in the "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: California, Economy, Regulations

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 30, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

5 Tips for Effective Manager-Driver Communication

September 18, 2013

It's Driver Appreciation Week. But to really appreciate drivers, it takes a lot more than T-shirts, hats and picnics one week out of the year. One of the most important keys to appreciating -- and keeping -- good drivers is through good communication.

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 18, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

When CSA Scores Don't Make Sense

In this guest post, Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor, shares a scratch-your-head story about how one small fleet is being affected by the CSA enforcement program.

September 11, 2013

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s Compliance, Safety and Accountability program is no longer new, but a recent on-air conversation painted a clear picture of just how it's affecting trucking company owners, explain Evan Lockridge in this guest blog post.

Tags: CSA, Safety and Compliance

Author: Evan Lockridge, Senior Contributing Editor | Posted @ Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Classic KW Cabover Labor of Love for California Port Trucker

David Sosa worked 10 hours a day for seven weeks to combine a K100 cab and a wrecked KW T660 into a clean-emissions repowered classic cabover.

September 6, 2013

California port trucker David Sosa recently saved a beautiful Kenworth K 100E cab from the recycler and updated it with a Cummins ISX EPA '07 engine to create a CARB-certified clean truck. Deborah Lockridge has the story in her "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Cabovers, Kenworth, CARB, Intermodal, California

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, September 6, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(5)

Coming to a highway near you: Driverless vehicles

In the Sartre project, three self-driving Volvo cars "platoon" behind a commercial truck.

September 4, 2013

Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge notes that she's now old enough that stuff from the science fiction books she read as a kid are increasingly becoming reality. No flying cars yet, but driverless cars are being tested, and trucks may lead the way -- literally.

Tags: Volvo, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, September 4, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Volvo Trucks' European Head Stars in Latest Viral Video

September 3, 2013

Those crazy folks at Volvo Trucks in Sweden are at it again, going to great lengths -- or should we say heights -- to create a video they hope will go viral.

Tags: Volvo, In the Media, Global

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

When Your Research Lab is a Truck Cab

One grad student takes to the highway for research on truck drivers.

September 3, 2013

Despite an increasing amount of research about trucking from the ivory towers of academia, few researchers ever experience what life is like on the road. However, one spent three years riding in trucks and interviewing long-haul drivers as part of his look into how truck drivers are affected by increasing demands for speed and flexibility.

Tags: Drivers, Safety and Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, September 3, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

This Week's Trucking in the Media

August 30, 2013

Our new weekly roundup of how trucking's being covered in the mainstream media, from the new certified medical examiner program to highway funding commentary.

Tags: Highways, Drivers, Intermodal, In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 30, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

A Good Place to Start for Alternative Fuel & Fuel Efficiency Funding

August 28, 2013

Whether you're looking for funding for alternative fueled vehicles, idle reduction or other fuel efficiency and emissions improvers, one blog post out there offers an impressive list of incentive programs.

Tags: MPG, Alternative Fuels, Idle Reduction, Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, August 28, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Stories You May Have Missed This Week

August 23, 2013

Each week we run across many stories in the mainstream media that are about trucking or related to trucking in some way -- more than we can report on. Here are some of the most interesting from this week, including an article on trucker apps in the New York Times.

Tags: In the Media, Infrastructure, Drivers

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Trucking in the Media This Week

August 16, 2013

Each week we run across many stories in the mainstream media that are about trucking or related to trucking in some way -- more than we can report on. Here are some of the most interesting from this week, from haunting truckstop photos to driverless trucks to cross-border trucking.

Tags: Safety and Compliance, In the Media, Drivers, Cross-Border Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 16, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Can Foxx Put the Pieces Together?

The new head of the DOT is already looking to one of the big challenges of his job: Getting our dysfunctional Congress to pass a real highway bill.

August 15, 2013

The new head of the DOT is already looking to one of the big challenges of his job, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking: blog: Getting our dysfunctional Congress to pass a real highway bill by its due date of Sept. 30, 2014.

Tags: DOT, Congress, Anthony Foxx, Infrastructure

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 15, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Owner-Operators: Endangered Species?

August 1, 2013

The recession was tough on owner-operators. Add to that increasing regulations and more expensive equipment, and it’s no wonder some in the industry are saying the owner-operator is dead.

Tags: OOIDA, Owner-operator

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, August 1, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(3)

Trucking Con-Man Goes From the Hammer to the Slammer

July 29, 2013

You’ll be glad to know that Joseph “the trucker spy” Volpe will be taking the new few months off work. Find out why in this "All That's Trucking" blog.

Tags: Fraud

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, July 29, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Are the New Hours of Service Affecting You?

July 23, 2013

We've had several weeks now on the new hours of service rules. Some fleets are struggling to adjust, while others are seeing virtually no effects. Share your experiences in this "On the Road" blog.

Tags: Drivers, Hours of Service, Safety and Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 23, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Ever Wish You Had a Life-Size Tonka Truck? [VIDEO]

This unusual vehicle is a life-size replica of a Tonka tow truck.

July 17, 2013

There's a good chance you played with Tonka trucks as a kid. But as Deborah Lockridge reports in her "All That's Trucking" blog, one Wisconsin man has turned that childhood love into a real-life labor of love and created a life-size replica of a vintage Tonka tow truck.

Tags: Tow Trucks, In the Media, Specialty

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, July 17, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Are you a 'Zombie Recruiter'?

July 16, 2013

It seems zombies are cool these days, with hit TV shows like "The Walking Dead" and books and movies like "World War Z." But being a "zombie recruiter" is not going to help you out at a time when good drivers are becoming more scarce than ever.

Tags: Drivers, Recruiting

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Why CSA May Raise Your Insurance Costs

July 11, 2013

Many insurance underwriters, happy to have a new tool to give them data on customers, are putting too much emphasis on CSA scores when it comes time to writing policies. This could mean higher premiums, higher deductibles, and even a case where some underwriters won't even consider insuring your company.

Tags: Insurance, CSA, Business, HNI

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, July 11, 2013 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Author Bio

Deborah Lockridge

Editor in Chief

Truck journalist 21 years, joined us in 1998. Plans and coordinates editorial, specializes in maintenance, drivers and fleet operations.

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