All That's Trucking

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)

How Will CSA Data Be Used?

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

January 12, 2011

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

Tags: Safety & Compliance

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

Tonic for a Winter Day

January 10, 2011

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

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?

January 5, 2011

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

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.

January 5, 2011

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

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.

January 3, 2011

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

Tags: In the Media

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

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)

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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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