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Jan 12, 2017

Twitter less kind to Chao than senators were

While Transportation Secretary-to-be Elaine Chao got a free pass from the Senate Commerce Committee in a confirmation hearing Wednesday, the....More
Nov 30, 2016

It's Chao time in the Twitterverse

President-elect Donald Trump’s selection of Elaine Chao to be his Secretary of Transportation quickly became a trending topic on social media as....More
Oct 18, 2016

CBS report goes after older truckers1

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....More
Sep 12, 2016

Truck Driver Appreciation: Walking the walk

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....More
Aug 29, 2016

The case for speed limiters: More political than technical?2

Is the Dept. of Transportation “cherry picking” research to support the rulemaking to require speed limiters in heavy-duty commercial vehicles? At....More
Aug 24, 2016

Dept. of Labor blog adds insult to injury

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....More
Jul 18, 2016

Autonomous vehicles: The pushback begins1

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....More
Apr 28, 2016

Driverless trucks to automate ‘millions’ of jobs?1

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 27, 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 (IHHS) 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

Politics and a 10-ft. pole: the Bernie burns trucking edition

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

Truckers skeptical about new driver training proposal1

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

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Kevin Jones has an odd fascination with the supply chain. As editor of American Trucker, he focuses on the critical role owner-ops and small fleets play in the economy, locally and globally. And he...
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