Okay, professional truck drivers, here’s an honest question, or at least one being asked by the thousands of people who’ve seen this very viral video: Can you really not detect a car stuck in the side of your trailer as you’re pulling up a long grade?
Tom Kyrk’s career as a truck driver predates the introduction of the Apple iPhone in 2007, but not by much. Still, he’s been around long enough to witness the revolution in consumer electronics and connectivity that is now reshaping the way truckers work and play.
It’s tax time, but if you’re just now gathering receipts from the cardboard box under your bunk, then a quick rundown of filing tips probably won’t help a lot, at least not this year. But you might want to pay attention to a tax expert who specializes in helping truckers who’ve gotten sideways with the Internal Revenue Service. And you’ll want to pay attention, too, if you’ve always filed on time and never had a problem—until, surprise, the government says you do.
Load-to-truck ratios have begun to climb significantly, doubling from this time last year—an “early warning sign” that truckload rates should begin to improve after a dreary 2016. Indeed, shippers can expect “a changed environment” by the second half of the year, suggested analyst Mark Montague in detailing first quarter “winner and losers” in the truckload market.
OOIDA is taking its opposition to the electronic logging device mandate to the highest court in the land. The small business trucking group this week filed a petition with the Supreme Court of the United States, arguing that a federal appeals court was wrong when it ruled that the e-log requirement does not violate Fourth Amendment protections against illegal search and seizure.
The penalties for violating federal trucking regulations are about to go up again, but not by much. The FMCSA on Wednesday published the 2017 schedule, with an adjustment multiple of 1.01636, or about 0.16%, as set by the White House OMB.
Owner-ops worked harder to make less money in 2016, and that’s good news? Based on the annual analysis of data collected from its clients, ATBS reports that the average net income in 2016 was on average $59,699 for leased owner-operators and $60,577 for independent owner-operators. These figures are down slightly from 2015,
Truckers took advantage of a wide-ranging Senate hearing Tuesday to push for sustainable, user-fee based highway funding, federal support of advanced truck safety systems, free trade, and tax relief—topics that found a sympathetic audience in the Republican-led Commerce subcommittee on surface transportation. Some members, however, did express safety and modal competitiveness concerns regarding a renewed call for twin 33-ft. trailers and the development of autonomous truck technology.
Blind spots remain a challenge, but professional truck drivers understand the risk posed by small cars slipping in and out of sight around them and manage it. But how in the world does the driver of a small car not notice that giant wheel completely filling the view from his window?
Some gotta win, some gotta just go home with their really great trucks. We've got no beef with the winners, but—come on, man!—there were plenty of deserving rigs entered in the 2017 Paul K. Young Truck Beauty Championship at the Mid-America Trucking Show last weekend. And here they are, making the trucking industry look good. Really good. Just wait 'til next year...
Okay, professional truck drivers, here’s an honest question, or at least one being asked by the thousands of people who’ve seen this very viral video: Can you really not detect a car stuck in the side of your trailer as you’re pulling up a long grade?...More