All That's Trucking

Washington officials turn "share the road" mentality into top safety numbers

Washington State enforcement officers with a truck wrapped with the TACT safety message.

June 12, 2011

"Although semi trucks can be intimidating, most truck crashes turn out to be the fault of the passenger car driver.

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Sunday, June 12, 2011 2:05 PM | » Comments(0)

Mack Delivers Special Shuttle to Kennedy Space Center

Mack employees built the simulated Space Shuttle Blake from an old military bus. They pose in 1995.

June 7, 2011

Mack Trucks delivered a special educational vehicle, the Shuttle Blake, to Kennedy Space Center for the final launch of Space Shuttle Endeavour

Tags: Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, June 7, 2011 9:11 PM | » Comments(0)

What the Sky Express bus crash may mean for trucking

June 2, 2011

The bus industry is not having a very good year. Tuesday's crash of a tour bus that killed four was only the most recent of a string of highly publicized tragic crashes where driver fatigue or other avoidable problems appear to be a factor

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

New Face on Ice Road Truckers

Maya Sieber, the new female face on Ice Road Truckers.

May 20, 2011

When The History Channels' "Ice Road Truckers" series premieres Sunday, June 5, there will be a new woman trucker in the mix: Maya Sieber, age 27

Tags: In the Media

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 20, 2011 1:51 PM | » Comments(4)

Is racism at work in border trucking debate?

This shot by Porter Corn shows a Mexican truck in Monterrey, Mexico.

May 20, 2011

A Milwaukee-area truckstop recently pulled some not-so-humorous bumper stickers targeting illegal aliens from its shelves after a threatened protest. The incident got me thinking about the attitude of some in our industry toward our neighbors south of the border

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, May 20, 2011 8:50 AM | » Comments(12)

A Diesel at Indy

The historic 1952 Indy car on display in honor of Indy's 100th birthday.

May 18, 2011

This weekend will mark the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500, and Cummins has been highlighting its history with the iconic race

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, May 18, 2011 2:04 PM | » Comments(0)

Closing the gap

May 10, 2011

When you see drawings or mockups of futuristic trucks, one of the things you'll notice is there's virtually no gap between the tractor and trailer

Tags: Equipment

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 1:54 PM | » Comments(3)

A talk with PacLease's Hunter about leasing, rental, equipment trends

I caught up with Olen Hunter at the recent National Private Truck Council meeting.

May 10, 2011

An aging fleet, the high cost of fuel, sticker shock on new trucks, and a recovering economy are driving interest in leasing, according to Olen Hunter, director of sales at PacLease

Tags: Business

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, May 10, 2011 12:33 PM | » Comments(0)

Blinded by Science in Hours of Service Debate

May 2, 2011

As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration goes about rewriting its hours of service rules for truck drivers, it has been careful to make sure those changes are backed up by scientific studies. But it's starting to look like the regulators need to go back to science class

Tags: Government

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, May 2, 2011 1:54 PM | » Comments(0)

Storm stories

Philip Berry, Mystic Transportation, shot this photo at a Virginia truckstop.

April 29, 2011

[UPDATED] I woke up this morning to a story on the radio about a man in Tuscaloosa, Ala., finding the body of a neighbor's child under the wreckage of his house

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2011 8:06 AM | » Comments(2)

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.

April 15, 2011

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

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.

April 8, 2011

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

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)

March 30, 2011

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

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.

March 29, 2011

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

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.

March 23, 2011

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

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

March 18, 2011

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

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.

March 9, 2011

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

Tags: Equipment

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

Aaanticipation ...

February 28, 2011

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

Tags: Equipment

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

End of an Era?

Historical truck photos from FFE

February 24, 2011

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

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)

February 18, 2011

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

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)

February 18, 2011

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

Tags: In the Media

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

What Keeps Maintenance Managers Up At Night?

February 8, 2011

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

Tags: In the Shop

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

BMW's 'Clean Diesel' Ad Falls Short

February 6, 2011

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

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?

February 1, 2011

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

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

Time to Submit Your Comments on HOS Proposal

January 27, 2011

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

Tags: Government

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

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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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