Kevin Jones

Western Star XD OFFROAD: Playing in the dirt
PHOENIX. With trucking editors on their way here for a Western Star 50th Anniversary event, XD and vocational sales manager John Tomlinson decided to look around for a venue more suitable than a parking lot for showing off the XD OFFROAD trucks he’d brought along. He found one.
Western Star XD-25: 'yellow iron' strong, versatile
PHOENIX. Targeting “the traditional yellow-iron customer,” Western Star Truck Sales Inc. has added a new option to its XD OFFROAD line. Based on the iconic Western Star 4900 platform, but with “considerably more material” to support off-road applications, the Western Star XD-25 is designed to be tough and versatile.
Dash Cam of the Week: Bad checks
You really have to wonder, sometimes: What were they thinking? But the short answer is: They weren’t. Too often on our highways people are getting mad and then getting stupid.
Dash Cam of the Week: What a drag 1
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?
Progressive offers free ELDs through Smart Haul program
For truckers insured through Progresssive, the transition to electronic logging devices has gotten a little easier. The company is offering a free ELD and will cover the monthly fee for customers who are willing to share their data, explains Brett Stalnaker, product manager for Progressive.
High-Tech Tools

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.

Tackling tax issues

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.

Diesel price climbs for third week
Three consecutive weeks of increases have pushed diesel prices to the highest level this year.
California freight recovery key to 2017 rate upswing, analyst says
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.
Dash Cam of the Week: Mystery rollover
So you’re driving down a straight, flat stretch of I-24 outside Nashville on a sunny and dry afternoon, not much traffic, and your truck just rolls. What happened? Take the quiz.
OOIDA to Supreme Court: ELD mandate violates 4th Amendment
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.
FMCSA adjusts penalty schedule for inflation
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-op miles rose but net income slipped in 2016, ATBS reports
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,
Trucking adds 4,700 jobs, sets record high in March
Big gains in the number of trucking jobs in February and March have more than made up for a surprising loss in January, bringing the for-hire jobs total a record high.
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