Running Lights Blog http://trucker.com/blog/3352/feed en 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 It's Chao time in the Twitterverse http://trucker.com/blog/its-chao-time-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="http://trucker.com/blog/its-chao-time-twitterverse" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/its-chao-time-twitterverse#comments News Regulations Running Lights Blog Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:23:00 +0000 17191 at http://trucker.com CBS report: Something needs to be done about older truckers http://trucker.com/blog/cbs-report-something-needs-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="http://trucker.com/blog/cbs-report-something-needs-be-done-about-older-truckers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/cbs-report-something-needs-be-done-about-older-truckers#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 18 Oct 2016 14:02:00 +0000 16371 at http://trucker.com Truck Driver Appreciation: Walking the walk http://trucker.com/blog/truck-driver-appreciation-walking-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="http://trucker.com/blog/truck-driver-appreciation-walking-walk" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/truck-driver-appreciation-walking-walk#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Running Lights Blog Fri, 09 Sep 2016 13:22:00 +0000 15631 at http://trucker.com The case for speed limiters: 'More advocacy than science'? http://trucker.com/blog/case-speed-limiters-more-advocacy-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="http://trucker.com/blog/case-speed-limiters-more-advocacy-science" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/case-speed-limiters-more-advocacy-science#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Tue, 30 Aug 2016 12:05:00 +0000 15371 at http://trucker.com Dept. of Labor blog adds insult to injury http://trucker.com/blog/dept-labor-blog-adds-insult-injury <div class="node-body blog-body">If there’s one thing—and maybe the only thing—the Dept. of Transportation and the diverse trucking industry agree on, it’s the need to attract more people—especially the next generation—to truck driving careers. So the timing is indeed unfortunate for a Dept. of Labor economist to portray driving trucks as among the most dangerous jobs in the U.S., “risky in ways you might not expect.”</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/dept-labor-blog-adds-insult-injury" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/dept-labor-blog-adds-insult-injury#comments Trucker Jobs News Regulations Safety Running Lights Blog Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:49:00 +0000 15161 at http://trucker.com Trucker Path users shine some light on parking availabilty http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-path-users-shine-some-light-parking-availabilty <div class="node-body blog-body">Truckers are lighting up the map, thanks to the crowd-sourced efforts of Trucker Path Pro users to report parking availability.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-path-users-shine-some-light-parking-availabilty" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/trucker-path-users-shine-some-light-parking-availabilty#comments Business Trucker Jobs News Running Lights Blog Wed, 03 Aug 2016 13:02:00 +0000 14731 at http://trucker.com Autonomous tech: Is the honeymoon over? http://trucker.com/blog/autonomous-tech-honeymoon-over <div class="node-body blog-body">Has Tesla screwed the pooch, or are some recent—and high profile—accidents involving the brand’s self-driving vehicle technology a to-be-expected part of the learning curve? Certainly the latter is true, but just how much political damage has been done—and what it will mean to truck makers moving forward with autonomous vehicles—remains to be seen. Regardless, the honeymoon between over-promising vehicle manufacturers and safety-focused policymakers who’ve been surprisingly supportive is over.</div> <p><a href="http://trucker.com/blog/autonomous-tech-honeymoon-over" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://trucker.com/blog/autonomous-tech-honeymoon-over#comments News Safety Technology Running Lights Blog Mon, 18 Jul 2016 13:30:00 +0000 14381 at http://trucker.com