Running Lights Blog Analysis and commentary regarding events, policy and business trends important to owner-ops and small fleets. en Worst Trucker in the World: U.S. 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Running Lights Running Lights Blog Mon, 20 Mar 2017 18:27:00 +0000 19291 at 'Encouraging sign': Navistar finds turnaround in 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Equipment News Running Lights Blog Thu, 09 Mar 2017 13:34:00 +0000 19071 at CSA update: Critic encouraged by 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business News Regulations Running Lights Blog Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:29:00 +0000 18831 at A formula for 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Equipment News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 21 Feb 2017 14:39:00 +0000 18781 at Must read: Court nominee’s lively dissent in 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Running Lights Running Lights Blog Wed, 01 Feb 2017 14:37:00 +0000 18421 at Sleepy, driver? Have a beer while you're at 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="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs News Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 06 Dec 2016 23:07:00 +0000 17331 at It's Chao time in the Twitterverse <div class="node-body blog-body">President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Elaine Chao to be his Secretary of Transportation quickly became a trending topic on social media as major news outlets spread the word and the exchange of opinions lit up the Twittersphere.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> News Regulations Running Lights Blog Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:23:00 +0000 17191 at CBS report: Something needs to be done about older truckers <div class="node-body blog-body">Like most popular media reports, the CBS News story on trucking, “Big Rigs, Big Problems,” opens with the sad remembrance of a crash victim and then proceeds to build the case that the industry, desperate for drivers, is recruiting the elderly to fill seats—and the crash rate for truckers 70+ years of age is on the rise.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:02:00 +0000 16371 at Truck Driver Appreciation: Walking the walk <div class="node-body blog-body">With National Truck Driver Appreciation Week kicking off Sunday—and with a notebook full of items to catch up on—I thought this would be a good time to get behind the wheel, empathetically speaking, to sort my notes based on a simple measure: Good for drivers, or not?</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Trucker Jobs News Running Lights Blog Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:22:00 +0000 15631 at The case for speed limiters: 'More advocacy than science'? <div class="node-body blog-body">Is the Dept. of Transportation “cherry picking” research to support the rulemaking to require speed limiters in heavy-duty commercial vehicles? At least one source—a study that is cited often as providing evidence to support the rule—raises a number of concerns the DOT glosses over, or ignores altogether, including speed differentials, driver fatigue, fuel efficiency, and the overall cost-benefit analysis.</div> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +0000 15371 at