July 24, 2016
The text of both the Democratic and Republican 2016 platforms runs for about 50 pages and each devotes just about 200 words to issues directly related to transportation. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the positions presented are largely mirror images; that is to say, they are direct opposites.
Posted @ Sunday, July 24, 2016 7:00 PM | »
Now being developed for aircraft and cars, the concept has fuel-saving possibilities for tractor-trailers, its backers say.
July 22, 2016
Plasma, the stuff of lightning and the Northern Lights, can be harnessed to alter the flow of air over trucks.
Posted @ Friday, July 22, 2016 8:15 AM | »
"We want people who start a trip to finish it."
July 21, 2016
Autonomous Tesla big rigs and a self-driving bus ... and what's the federal government going to do about regulating this fast-changing technology? Learn more in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.
Posted @ Thursday, July 21, 2016 7:24 AM | »
July 20, 2016
Anyone who says all the fun has gone from trucking has never been to Rodeo du Camion. It's a trucking event like no other, where drivers pull 45-ton loads of 2x4 lumber up a 12% grade in pursuit of a few thousands dollars in prize money. Jim Park has more in his On the Road blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 6:30 AM | »
July 20, 2016
There are bad apples in any profession, but the visibility of tractor-trailers tends to result in more media coverage. There were a few real doozies this week that Deborah Lockridge highlights in her All That's Trucking blog.
Posted @ Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12:00 AM | »
July 18, 2016
When it comes to changing perceptions about trucking, nothing beats a hands-on show-and-tell experience. Read about what one association is doing in this arena in Deborah Lockridge's All That's Trucking blog.
Posted @ Monday, July 18, 2016 9:50 AM | »
July is National Ice Cream Month. Act now or act soon to get special deals on this happy food. Of course it comes by truck.
July 17, 2016
Barry, a Ralphs driver, rejected a load because it was too warm. He was especially conscientious, but his action exemplifies care shown by workers all along the "cold chain."
Posted @ Sunday, July 17, 2016 12:01 AM | »
OWL and Giraffe gauge wires and bridges above, and could make poles obsolete, their makers say.
June 29, 2016
In many states, rigs carrying oversize loads are escorted by pilot cars, some of them equipped with poles to gauge overhead obstructions. There are better ways.
Posted @ Wednesday, June 29, 2016 11:55 AM | »
Abe Samuels devised an easy way for carriers to display proper hazmat labels for many types of dangerous goods.
June 21, 2016
It was a challenge when a carrier transported a mixed load of various dangerous goods that needed to be identified. Today there are nine categories of hazards with 24 divisions among them.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2016 9:08 AM | »
June 21, 2016
As if we didn't have enough to worry about when it comes to our crumbling infrastructure and how it holds up to everyday traffic, in Washington State they're asking the question: What happens if there's a major earthquake? Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog.
Posted @ Tuesday, June 21, 2016 7:29 AM | »
June 16, 2016
Like the many battles on the television show Game of Thrones, it also can be a battle to correctly and compliantly ship Dangerous Goods and hazardous materials. Find out why in the All That's Trucking blog.
Posted @ Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:56 PM | »
Jeffrey Soule perfected his Liftgate-Lok over months of designing and testing. Its bar "fought the Dok Lok to a tie," he declared.
June 13, 2016
Lift gates cannot mate to dock restraints because they lack attachment points for the hooks, so shippers won't load the trailers, until now. Tom Berg has the details in his Trailer Talk blog.
Posted @ Monday, June 13, 2016 6:54 AM | »
April 29, 2016
Although the makeup of its initial members as well as its stated goals strongly suggest its main focus will be on benefiting the auto industry, the new bipartisan House Smart Transportation Caucus may also help put autonomous trucks on the nation’s highway.
Posted @ Friday, April 29, 2016 1:15 PM | »
April 8, 2016
Eleven natural food suppliers plus outdoors outfitter Patagonia are urging the proposed Phase 2 round of GHG/MPG standards be tightened and sped up.
Posted @ Friday, April 8, 2016 12:55 PM | »
March 3, 2016
What we learn from sessions like TMC's Fleet Forum is that you probably aren't the only truck owner having a particular problem. It puts the boots to the oft-heard comment from dealers, "Gee, I've never heard that one before."
Posted @ Thursday, March 3, 2016 10:37 PM | »
February 9, 2016
Cosmopolitan is not where most would-be truckers will turn for advice on launching a career behind the wheel.
Posted @ Tuesday, February 9, 2016 2:37 PM | »
The Congressional Budget Office now projects that the Highway Trust Fund will be insolvent by the end of 2021.
February 8, 2016
A new projections from the Congressional Budget Office about where the Highway Trust Fund will be by the end of 2021 illustrates the inherent flaw in how Congress chose to fund the FAST Act. David Cullen explores the ramifications in his "Passing Zone" blog.
Posted @ Monday, February 8, 2016 2:00 PM | »
December 10, 2015
It's official, finally; hours of service is going electronic. In his On the Road blog, Equipment Editor and former driver Jim Park tells fleets and owner-operators to prepare now for a cut in productivity and make the necessary adjustment to your operation while you still can.
Posted @ Thursday, December 10, 2015 11:28 AM | »
August 24, 2015
You simply won't believe your eyes when you see what some dumb-*ss truck driver is doing in this YouTube video. Equipment editor Jim Park is just glad he was kind enough to leave behind this bit of evidence. Does anybody have any idea who this guy is?
Posted @ Monday, August 24, 2015 10:45 PM | »
July 28, 2015
Equipment Editor Jim Park, can think of a lot of things he'd like to do in a big truck, but jumping over a 160-foot abyss isn't one of them. In his 'On the Road' blog he explains he'll gladly leave that to the professionals.
Posted @ Tuesday, July 28, 2015 12:19 PM | »