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May 24, 2016

Most ridiculous trucking news headline ever

Decapitation of children and the willful spread of the Zika virus? Some evil warlord up to no good in the Congo? No, that’s what happens when....More
May 04, 2016

What’s wrong with ‘outsourced’ loads?

An analysis of the financial reports of the country’s largest trucking companies shows that 42% of freight shipments are being “outsourced,” meaning....More
Apr 28, 2016

Robots out to get truckers' jobs? Tech guru says time is nigh1

As the saying goes, to a hammer everything looks like a nail. To a Silicon Valley guy, everything needs to be automated and “disrupted.” And in a....More
Apr 21, 2016

5 questions for the FMCSA boss

So, you’re a trucker sitting in the diner at the truck stop and in walks the head of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. You might not....More
Apr 14, 2016

Speed kills, new study shows

With the DOT set to publish a speed limiter mandate for trucks any day now, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has come out with new....More
Apr 13, 2016

Overhaul: Don’t call it 'Uber for trucking'

With a week or two to clear my head after MATS, I’ve had some time to reconsider some of the new products and services from among the dozens and....More
Mar 18, 2016

Worst Trucker in the World: fleet edition

It’s a fantasy of more than a few trucking company owners: What if FMCSA disappeared and took all of the regulations and red tape with it? But that's....More
Mar 14, 2016

Bernie burns trucking: So what?

Thanks to the more than a few (angry) folks who passed it along to me, I watched a Facebook video that shows a fired-up Sen. Bernie Sanders looking....More
Mar 07, 2016

Readers react: Truckers skeptical about new driver training proposal

Reaction to the entry-level driver training proposal just published by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has been generally supportive....More
Mar 03, 2016

FMCSA's Darling knows the law; agency's math is the real issue

As I’m writing this, my computer’s calendar app keeps reminding that Senate Commerce members get together this morning to decide whether to recommend....More
Feb 24, 2016

Payment Overdue: the $100k trucker

Over the past 40 years, the average income of a trucker has increased by 17% while the cost of a home and a car have increased by 560% and 883%,....More
Feb 22, 2016

Worst Trucker in the World: Thanks, FMCSA?

I am in no way making excuses for the California-licensed truck driver the FMCSA recently declared to be an imminent hazard to public safety. But if....More
Feb 12, 2016

Reader’s react: Where are the ‘knights of the highway’?

Our story earlier this month about Joe Graham, the trucker who was mocked on the CB and then harassed for warning others about a massive pileup on I-....More
Jan 28, 2016

Eight emerging technologies to watch

A recent report by Volpe, the DOT’s the National Transportation Systems Center, identifies emerging technologies that may have significant impacts on....More
Jan 22, 2016

Survey: Best, worst states for trucking

Merchant Cash USA has surveyed 3,287 individuals involved in the trucking industry to find out where they thought the best and the worst states to be....More
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