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Oil and Gas Industry Shake-up

Fracturing operation in the Bakken Formation. Photo: Joshua Doubek

America's booming domestic oil and gas industry is not as booming as it was. Lower oil prices have left some wells unfinished, and new reports from geologists this week raise concern about the effect of the oil and gas boom on the planet. Deborah Lockridge's "All That's Trucking" blog explores the latest news. READ MORE

Tags: Oil Prices, Oklahoma, Fracking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 24, 2015 7:33 AM | » Comments(0)

When Bumping Into Each Other Means Good Business

As Oklahoma-based Melton Truck Lines has grown, it has tried to address the issue of keeping a small-company feel. Find out how it does that with its new building in the "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Fleets, Melton Truck Lines

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, April 21, 2015 1:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Opportunities in a Lower Fuel Price Environment

Do lower fuel prices offer an opportunity to get some business back from rail? Photo by Jim Park.

Other than enjoying lower fuel costs, how can trucking companies take advantage of current low prices for diesel fuel? READ MORE

Tags: Fuel Prices, Railroads, Intermodal

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, April 17, 2015 8:37 AM | » Comments(0)

Does ADA Mean You Have to Let Alcoholics Drive Trucks?

HDT file photo

Does the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) really require motor carriers to allow alcoholics to drive trucks? Deborah Lockridge shares some insight from a transportation attorney in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Americans with Disabilities Act, Litigation, EEOC

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 16, 2015 8:21 AM | » Comments(1)

Humor, Big Stars Make Infrastructure Funding Point

Google "John Oliver Infrastructure" and you'll get some 30 pages of results, with headlines such as "Stars Help John Oliver Make Infrastructure Maintenance Sexy." Deborah Lockridge explains why in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: In the Media, Infrastructure Funding

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, April 15, 2015 11:48 AM | » Comments(0)

CARB-Type Regs Could Spread to Other Jurisdictions

California fleets that have had to fork over funds to buy new cleaner-burning trucks or retrofit with diesel particulate filters may well have a leg up over the rest of the country under the Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming rules, according to one blog. READ MORE

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Environmental Protection Agency, California, DPF

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, April 2, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(1)

Turning an Eyesore into Truck Parking

In many areas, truckers are short of places to park at night. Photo by Jim Park

One California newspaper editor has the right idea when it comes to truck parking, says Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, March 23, 2015 11:14 AM | » Comments(1)

Drones And the Future of Package Delivery

Are we one step closer to putting drones in the logistics chain?

Amazon has received FAA permission to test its drones, with restrictions. Photo: Amazon

The Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval for Amazon to test drone delivery, but don't expect a drone on your doorstep soon. READ MORE

Tags: Logistics, Commercial Drones, Amazon.com, Delivery Trucks, Future Trucks, Battery-Electric Vehicles, AMP Electric Vehicles

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, March 20, 2015 7:31 AM | » Comments(0)

Beyond Traffic

By the year 2045, will U.S. transportation be fossil or fantastic?

By the year 2045, will U.S. transportation be fossil or fantastic? HDT Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge lookds at a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation. READ MORE

Tags: Highway Funding, U.S. DOT, Anthony Foxx, Infrastructure

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, March 10, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

How Low Can Oil Prices Go?

High U.S. oil production, OPEC members playing chicken, dropping demand ... what does all that mean for crude oil prices?

Oil well in North Dakota. Photo courtesy ConocoPhillips.

Economist and financial analyst Gary Shilling set off a bit of a furor recently when he said the price of crude oil could go as low as $10 a barrel. Deborah Lockridge explores the likelihood of that in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Oil Prices

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Wednesday, February 25, 2015 7:11 AM | » Comments(0)

Hello CARB, Are You Listening?

California's latest round of emissions rules are designed to clean up the environment — but the expensive retrofit facing one truck owner is tough to swallow.

John Dutra is a one-man band, running his custom-upfit 1991 Isuzu FSR for construction work in the South Bay of San Francisco. Dutra couldn’t have known when he bought his truck so many years ago that today he’d be staring down a government mandate to (in all practicality) buy a cleaner truck. READ MORE

Tags: Emissions, CARB, Regulations, California, DPF, Private Fleets

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, February 23, 2015 9:34 AM | » Comments(0)

Article Explores One Doctor's Foray into Truckstop Medicine

All That's Trucking: The latest blog post looks at how an old-fashioned country doctor is serving drivers at a Virginia truckstop. READ MORE

Tags: Driver Health, Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, January 20, 2015 2:54 PM | » Comments(0)

Highway Funding and the Death of Common Sense

Last month, two Representatives issued a bipartisan call for a bill to raise the fuel tax.

This week, the price of crude oil dipped below $50 a barrel and gasoline prices averaged a little over $2 a gallon. It's the perfect time to do the common-sense thing and raise the federal fuel tax, says Deborah Lockridge in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Congress, Infrastructure, Highway Trust Fund

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, January 9, 2015 9:31 AM | » Comments(1)

Photographer Captures 6 a.m. at a Nashville Truckstop

Turbo, Sassy, and Wizard. Photo by Stacey Irvin

Do you see the beauty of 6 a.m. at a truckstop? This Nashville photographer does, and captures it for the public to see. READ MORE

Tags: Nashville, In the Media, Truckstops

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, January 8, 2015 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Can You Come up With a Better Safety Slogan for DOT Highway Signs?

Photo: Tennessee DOT

Some state safety agencies, realizing the same old tired safety warnings just make drivers' eyes glaze over, have been turning to some more creative wording for their safety campaigns. Deborah Lockridge has more in her "On the Road" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Safety, Tennessee

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, January 5, 2015 10:57 AM | » Comments(3)

5 Fantastic Future Truck Technologies

Let's just call 2014 the Year of the Future Truck

Walmart's WAVE concept turned heads at the Mid-America Trucking Show. Photo: HDT Staff

For trucking journalists and technology junkies, 2014 was a year that offered tantalizing glimpses of a sci-fi trucking future that may not be too far off. Deborah Lockridge looks at five reasons 2014 was "the year of the future" in trucking. READ MORE

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Daimler Trucks, Walmart, ZF, Concept Vehicles, Future Trucks, Truck Platooning

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, December 30, 2014 3:20 PM | » Comments(0)

Pegging the BS Meter in the Restart Battle

"The American public will pay with their lives and their wallets if Congress gives in to the anti-safety agenda of trucking interests." Deborah Lockridge writes about why that and other quotes from a press release from "safety" advocates are BS in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Hours of Service, Teamsters, CRASH, U.S. Congress, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety, 34-Hour Restart

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, December 5, 2014 5:38 AM | » Comments(0)

Christmas Tree, Trucking's Image Make Way to Capitol for Holidays

The special 75-foot white spruce from the Chippewa National Forest and the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe is loaded onto a heavy duty trailer – expandable to 80 feet – and coupled to a Kenworth T880, Kenworth’s flagship heavy haul vocational truck. Photo: Kenworth

Last Thursday, more than 300 people celebrated the harvesting of the 2014 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree before it was loaded onto a tractor-trailer for a special tour on its way to Washington, D.C. Deborah Lockridge has more in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Kenworth, Eaton, PeopleNet, Image, Minnesota Trucking Association, Trucking Moves American Forward, ALK

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, November 3, 2014 12:10 PM | » Comments(0)

This Volvo Video's No Bull

Running with the bulls -- in a Volvo medium-duty truck? Deborah Lockridge has more in her "All That's Trucking" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Volvo Trucks, Global, In the Media, Medium-Duty Trucks

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Thursday, October 16, 2014 7:23 AM | » Comments(0)

Do Drivers With Sleep Apnea Have to Use a CPAP Machine?

For patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a malady affecting many truck drivers, the standard treatment has long been the C-PAP device, a continuous positive airway pressure. But many find it cumbersome, and some companies market oral appliances to treat the condition. Will they meet new federal guidelines for treating apnea? READ MORE

Tags: Driver Health, Sleep Apnea, Regulations

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, October 13, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(4)

Guest Commentary: Why Governments Should Recruit Trucking and Logistics Companies

Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, wants to know why state governments don't worry about keeping or attracting trucking and logistics companies the way they would a high-tech company.

Greg Fulton.

We're turning over "All That's Trucking" today to Greg Fulton, president of the Colorado Motor Carriers Association, who wants to know, why don't state governments worry about keeping or attracting trucking and logistics companies the way they would a high-tech company? READ MORE

Tags: Image, Colorado Motor Carriers Association

Author: Greg Fulton | Posted @ Monday, September 15, 2014 7:08 AM | » Comments(0)

Goodyear Picks New Truck Mooring System for its Blimp

Needing a reliable truck tough enough to easily handle mooring the Goodyear Blimp, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company chose a modified Mack Granite model as a mast truck for its iconic cargo.

What does a Mack Truck have to do with the Goodyear Blimp? Deborah Lockridge explores the topic in her "All That's Truckikng" blog. READ MORE

Tags: Goodyear, Vocational, Mack, Special Specs

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Monday, September 8, 2014 9:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Fiery Crash Video Paints Portrait of Brave and Caring Truckers

A dash-cam video that surfaced this week of a trucker's reaction after witnessing a fiery crash paints a portrait of truckers that's good for the industry. Deborah Lockridge explains in her All That's Trucking blog. READ MORE

Tags: Accidents, Image, I-10, Mississippi

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Another Exec Gets a Taste of Life on the Road

From left, Marne Keller-Krikava from J.J. Keller, Ellen Voie, who heads up Women In Trucking, and Deb Anderson from Schneider National. Photo: J.J. Keller/WIT

An announcement about J.J. Keller's president riding along with women truckers prompts a blog post from Editor in Chief Deborah Lockridge about the importance of connecting with truckers. READ MORE

Tags: J.J. Keller, Women in Trucking

Author: Deborah Lockridge | Posted @ Friday, August 15, 2014 12:00 AM | » Comments(0)

Meeting a Walking Oshkosh History Museum

Here's a guest post from Senior Editor Tom Berg about an interesting character he met on a recent assignment.

Clarence Jungwirth will be 95 in October, and has worked at Oshkosh Truck since 1945.

Senior Editor Tom Berg guest-writes the All That's Trucking blog with a story of an interesting character he met recently while on assignment. READ MORE

Tags: Oshkosh, People, History

Author: Tom Berg | Posted @ Thursday, August 14, 2014 12:00 AM | » 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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