Running Lights Blog http://trucker.com/blog/3352/feed Analysis and commentary regarding events, policy and business trends important to owner-ops and small fleets. en Uber-type tech: Why truckers need it http://trucker.com/blog/uber-type-tech-why-truckers-need-it <div class="node-body blog-body">Truckers shouldn’t be afraid of Uber, or Uber-style technology, because the entire aim is to make it easier for shippers and carriers to connect, at the expense of today’s middle man. But what trucking companies should be afraid of is to not have such technology when the competition does, explains Frank McGuigan, president and COO of Transplace.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/uber-type-tech-why-truckers-need-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/uber-type-tech-why-truckers-need-it#comments Business News Running Lights Technology Running Lights Blog Tue, 30 May 2017 14:37:00 +0000 20631 at http://trucker.com Trump time: Trucking interests challenge GHG regs http://trucker.com/blog/trump-time-trucking-interests-challenge-ghg-regs <div class="node-body blog-body">Even as truck makers and some of their biggest customers gathered to review—and praise—the latest and greatest in environmentally friendly technologies last week, others in trucking were petitioning the Trump administration to reconsider the fundamental premise that allowed the Obama EPA to regulate greenhouse gases (GHG) in heavy-duty vehicles. </div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/trump-time-trucking-interests-challenge-ghg-regs" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/trump-time-trucking-interests-challenge-ghg-regs#comments Equipment News Regulations Running Lights Blog Mon, 08 May 2017 11:34:00 +0000 20231 at http://trucker.com Budget showdown: Fiddling while truck safety burns? http://trucker.com/blog/budget-showdown-fiddling-while-truck-safety-burns <div class="node-body blog-body">A looming government shutdown, a massive tax cut, a renewed effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, the Wall: The Trump Administration and Congress have big, big plans to work through this week—but activity is not achievement. And lost in all the political posturing is a much-needed bureaucratic correction that, if not addressed, could undo hard-won truck safety gains.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/budget-showdown-fiddling-while-truck-safety-burns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/budget-showdown-fiddling-while-truck-safety-burns#comments News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:51:00 +0000 20031 at http://trucker.com Tesla semi: One small problem http://trucker.com/blog/tesla-semi-one-small-problem <div class="node-body blog-body">There’s only one thing standing between Elon Musk and Tesla Inc.'s plan to revolutionize transportation with electric vehicles: Electricity.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/tesla-semi-one-small-problem" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/tesla-semi-one-small-problem#comments Business Equipment News Running Lights Blog Mon, 17 Apr 2017 14:22:00 +0000 19831 at http://trucker.com Worst Trucker in the World: U.S. Government edition http://trucker.com/blog/worst-trucker-world-us-government-edition <div class="node-body blog-body">The Worst Trucker in the World is back, bigger and badder than ever—because the latest recipient of the dishonor is a fleet run by the U.S. government. And, despite management issues that would warrant an FMCSA intervention, the fleet is still rolling. Indeed business is booming, so to speak.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/worst-trucker-world-us-government-edition" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/worst-trucker-world-us-government-edition#comments News Regulations Running Lights Running Lights Blog Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:27:00 +0000 19291 at http://trucker.com 'Encouraging sign': Navistar finds turnaround in new truck, engine http://trucker.com/blog/encouraging-sign-navistar-finds-turnaround-new-truck-engine <div class="node-body blog-body">While Wall Street prognosticators found Navistar’s latest earnings report “disappointing,” for truck customers there are new products to be excited about (notably the International LT tractor and A26 engine) and, most importantly, the renewed viability of a major truck and engine manufacturer means more OEM competition—and that’s good news indeed.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/encouraging-sign-navistar-finds-turnaround-new-truck-engine" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/encouraging-sign-navistar-finds-turnaround-new-truck-engine#comments Business Equipment News Running Lights Blog Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:34:00 +0000 19071 at http://trucker.com CSA update: Critic encouraged by reform efforts, anticipates return http://trucker.com/blog/csa-update-critic-encouraged-reform-efforts-anticipates-return <div class="node-body blog-body">Despite the Trump Administration’s proclaimed disdain for regulations, the highly touted, questionably effective, and Congressionally parked Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) program could be back online within a year, says one of its most knowledgeable and vocal critics. And that might not be a bad thing.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/csa-update-critic-encouraged-reform-efforts-anticipates-return" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/csa-update-critic-encouraged-reform-efforts-anticipates-return#comments Business News Regulations Running Lights Blog Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:29:00 +0000 18831 at http://trucker.com A formula for truck safety? http://trucker.com/blog/formula-truck-safety <div class="node-body blog-body">When it comes to truck safety, there is no single “golden solution” or “quick fix”—and the many studies, claims, and high horses about how fleets and owner-operators can best promote safety “mostly serve to muddy the issue,” according to a new whitepaper. </div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/formula-truck-safety" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/formula-truck-safety#comments Equipment News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:39:00 +0000 18781 at http://trucker.com Must read: Court nominee’s lively dissent in trucking case http://trucker.com/blog/must-read-court-nominee-s-lively-dissent-trucking-case <div class="node-body blog-body">I am not a lawyer but I am a writer, and based on my quick read of a couple of his opinions, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch is wonderful. I just can't tell whether he's a devout pedant or a sly and merry prankster. I'd like to think he's both. Regardless, he's concerned that the federal government is too big and too powerful.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/must-read-court-nominee-s-lively-dissent-trucking-case" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/must-read-court-nominee-s-lively-dissent-trucking-case#comments News Regulations Running Lights Running Lights Blog Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:37:00 +0000 18421 at http://trucker.com Sleepy, driver? Have a beer while you're at it http://trucker.com/blog/sleepy-driver-have-beer-while-youre-it <div class="node-body blog-body">Drivers who miss between one to two hours of the recommended seven hours of sleep in a 24-hour period nearly double their risk for a crash, according to new research from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. That’s not particularly new or shocking info, but here’s the dirty not-so-little, no-so-secret truth about trucking (so consider this a public service reminder): Most drivers push too hard.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/sleepy-driver-have-beer-while-youre-it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/sleepy-driver-have-beer-while-youre-it#comments Trucker Jobs News Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:07:00 +0000 17331 at http://trucker.com