David Cullen

Executive Editor

FleetOwner executive editor David Cullen offers his take on how actions taken by government agencies, industry suppliers and other trucking stakeholders impact truck fleet owners. Cullen, an award-winning journalist who has covered trucking exclusively for 34 years, joined the staff of FleetOwner in February, 1989.

Shiny side up 

Harley-Davidson last month delivered 2015 motorcycles to six veterans of the armed forces to “jumpstart” its partnership with the Wounded Warrior Project to help better the lives of service men and women affected by post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

The six veterans—all of whom have been diagnosed with symptoms of PTSD—are experienced riders and were selected to receive the Harleys because they no longer have access to bikes due to various hardships. 

Home away from home 

“Le Cheval Blanc” is among the truckload of truckstop images recently collected by Wabco Holdings to celebrate the goings on at truckstops all over the world. The company encouraged truck drivers across the globe to share photos of the truckstops they visit via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram by applying the hashtag #MyTruckStop.

Speak truth to power 

Ever since the Watergate scandal inexplicably captivated my teenaged self, my favorite sport to follow—even to the point of dabbling in it—has been electoral politics.

As with any rabid fan, I got pulled in more and more until I was persuaded a few years back to run for a seat on my town council. I was elected to serve a two-year term and then re-elected, but increasing constraints on my personal time precluded seeking a third term.

2014 Fleet of the Year Awards 

Fleet Owner honors three outstanding trucking operations for their ability to continually apply innovative thinking.

Restart rollback a go: Senate sends bill to White House

The rider to roll back two provisions of the 34-hour restart rule for truck drivers remained attached to the so-called Cromnibus bill the Senate passed on Saturday night.

The restart rollback will kick in as soon as President Obama, as expected, signs the trillion-dollar funding package.

Teamsters claim a win in fight to organize Con-way Freight drivers

The International Brotherhood of Teamsters (IBT) has declared another victory in its terminal-by-terminal drive to organize Con-way Freight drivers. The union has announced that 74 drivers and dockworkers at the Con-way Freight facility in Miami Lakes, FL, voted yesterday to join Teamsters Local 769.

Restart rollback: Reading the fine print

Once final feathers are ruffled and this lame-duck Congress waddles off, it will no doubt leave in its wake a suspension of the two provisions of the Hours-of-Service (HOS) restart rules regarded as most onerous by trucking.

The rollback legislation, known as the Collins Amendment (for chief sponsor, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), is attached to the massive omnibus funding bill now before Congress.

Mack and Volvo up their aftermarket game

GREENSBORO, NC. Underscoring how Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America view their respective aftermarket performance as critical to winning and keeping customers, parent firm Volvo Group has opened a brand-new Uptime Center here on its corporate campus.

ATA pledges its members to hire 100,000 vets

The American Trucking Assns. (ATA) has committed its member companies to hire 100,000 military veterans within two years as part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Hiring 500,000 Heroes” employment initiative.

Self-driving trucks: How the road ahead may shape up

Proponents of so-called “self-driving trucks” contend that their enabling technologies will work in concert to cut fuel consumption, reduce emissions and ensure highway safety much more effectively than today’s commercial vehicles.

Cargo theft: Thwart it with common sense

The holiday shopping stretch that nowadays begins before Thanksgiving helps drive the annual peak shipping period, which runs from September through January.  Of course, the latter season is more about taking than giving— at least for cargo thieves.

Armstrong: 3PL growth in U.S. to climb yet higher

Given his recently revised estimates of market activity, consultant Evan Armstrong, president of Armstrong & Associates, now expects 3PL  growth in the U.S. from 2013-2016 to accelerate beyond the pace it achieved from 2010-2013. He offered that assessment yesterday during a Stifel, Nicolaus & Co. conference call.

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