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Trucking in Japan

Having returned from my first trip to Japan just over a week ago, I'm still marveling at the differences between North America and that geographically small island nation. From a trucking perspective, there is almost no comparison. READ MORE

Tags: Trends

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, February 14, 2011 10:01 AM | » Comments(13)

How Much of a Rush Can You Be In?

Trucks and trains may at various times be competitors and partners in the supply chain, but when the two square off face-to-face at a level crossing, there's no doubt who will emerge victorious READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, February 11, 2011 1:46 PM | » Comments(0)

The 1,600-Mile Sandwich: an Ode to the Supply Chain

Consider for a moment the logistics of getting a packaged but fresh deli-sandwich from Eden Prairie, Minn, to a roadside gas bar in the middle of the Arizona desert that's not even on most maps. It's a logistics triumph READ MORE

Tags: Lifestyle

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, January 31, 2011 7:30 AM | » Comments(0)

Life in the Very Slow Lane

-- YouTube screen capture

Hot on the heels of my most recent blog about the truck crash on the Pennsylvania rest area on-ramp, comes this tale of a fellow riding an electric wheelchair along the breakdown lane of I-95 in Connecticut READ MORE

Tags: Heroes & Villains

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, January 12, 2011 8:53 AM | » Comments(0)

When Trucks Go Crash in the Night

The badly damaged trailer had to be dismantled before it could be removed from the scene. (Photo by ABC News27 WHTM)

It was a fairly minor crash, as these things go. Three trucks involved, no one seriously hurt. No motorists involved except those inconvenienced by the closing of the highway. The incident appears to be related to the twin evils of fatigued driving and the shortage of parking places READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, January 6, 2011 9:15 AM | » Comments(1)

And They Wonder Why We're Cynical

Truckers who work at night might as well kiss the 34-hour restart goodbye.

For all the fretting and hand-wringing, and for the hundreds of thousands of dollars spent on listening sessions and research and fact finding, what we got from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on Dec. 23 is a farce disguised as a proposed hours of service rule READ MORE

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, December 27, 2010 11:52 PM | » Comments(2)

Stuck in Third Gear

How many hours at the wheel does it take to tire out a trucker? (Photo by Jim Park)

In the final days or maybe hours until FMCSA's latest hours of service proposal is revealed, I'm more than a little taken aback by comments I'm hearing from some drivers. More than a few drivers think that an eight-hour driving day would be fine. READ MORE

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, November 29, 2010 9:48 PM | » Comments(3)

The Morning After

Owner-operators could become an endangered species if the President gets his way

"The reason we've got an unparalleled standard of living in the history of the world is because we've got a free market that is dynamic and entrepreneurial, and that free market has to be nurtured and cultivated. READ MORE

Tags: Business

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:31 PM | » Comments(4)

Mack's Best - Old and New

Tight clearance for trailers back in the 1950s meant drivers had to give up precious cab space to make room for extra cargo. (Photo by Jim Park)

Imagine the driver shortage we'd have today if trucks hadn't evolved from what we were running back in the '50s and '60s READ MORE

Tags: Lifestyle

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:09 PM | » Comments(1)

Fuel Economy Regs: What's the Point?

Just curious here: What is it the EPA and NHTSA believe they can accomplish by regulating fuel efficiency standards that the market isn't already doing, or wouldn't do if the economic argument made sense READ MORE

Tags: Regulations

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, October 26, 2010 9:34 PM | » Comments(0)

When Compliance Doesn't Equal Safety

Finally, a fatigue-related crash has come to the forefront that exposes the chasm that often exists between safety and compliance READ MORE

Tags: Safety & Compliance

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Friday, October 15, 2010 10:19 AM | » Comments(2)

Proud and Alone, Cold as a Stone

It just doesn't pay to get involved anymore, but tell that to someone wired with the willingness-to-help gene READ MORE

Tags: Lifestyle

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, October 6, 2010 1:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Taking an Old Friend for a Drive Around Town

Jim Herriot's 1975 Kenworth W900A does the St. Catharines, Ont. Grape & Wine Festival Parade.

Who doesn't love a parade? Marching bands, clowns, crowds of people waving from the curb, dozens colorful floats ... Each September my home town of St. Catharines, Ontario, plays host to the Grape & Wine Festival, a celebration of the Niagara Region's wine-making industry READ MORE

Tags: Lifestyle

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, September 26, 2010 10:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Engine Experience

Heavy Duty Trucking Senior Editor Tom Berg tries his hand at some hands-on tech training. (Photo by Jim Park)

I wouldn't trust my own mechanical aptitude any farther than fixing a flat tire or changing the oil on my motorcycle, but it's fun to preten READ MORE

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:28 PM | » Comments(0)

Independent Contractors Under Attack

Last month I spent time gathering information and doing interviews for the cover story in the September issue of Heavy Duty Trucking.READ MORE

Tags: Business

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, September 16, 2010 8:16 PM | » Comments(0)

Voice of Experience

Your scribe -- between writing assignments last summer -- out earning his keep on the big road with 55,000 pounds of frozen waffles.

Welcome to the new "On the Road" blog for owner-operators and professional truckers, from Truckinginfo.com and the editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine READ MORE

Tags: Lifestyle

Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:51 PM | » Comments(1)


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Truck journalist 13 years, commercial driver 20 years. Joined us in 2007. Specializes in technical/equipment material (including Tire Report), brings real-world perspective to test drives.


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