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  • Can wearables make hours-of-service rules obsolete?   7 weeks 6 days ago    

    WOW talk about big brother monitoring your every movement including when you sleep..

  • Study: Biggest trucking firms outsource over 42% of their freight   8 weeks 16 hours ago    

    Landstar'S business model relies on 100% outsourcing, such as to its independent owner-operator business capacity owners ("BCO's"). These BCO'S usually have only one truck, and as such, would meet the study's definition of purchased transportation. Landstar's other 28% might still be purchased, but went to BCO's with more than six trucks, or to other large carriers.

    This raises a question whether the study's purchased transportation includes independent OO'S who are leased to that carrier. If so, the data is rather misleading, or at best, skews the true picture.

  • Many truck drivers don't want to pay to reserve parking   8 weeks 1 day ago    

    I laugh when I hear some "supertrucker" screaming bloody murder over paying for parking, especially when one takes into account that paid parking is tax-deductible.

    Typically, I pay for about half the parking I use, these days, because I can't stand not knowing if I can find a place, or have to park illegally; and my company takes a dim view of truck damage caused by another truck because I parked illegally.

    Knowing I'll get those fees back every year helps immensely. To me, it's part of the job, and I'd rather park safe and sleep soundly.

  • Case study: Michigan pilot assesses truck parking availability   8 weeks 1 day ago    

    "We feel there are plenty of places to park..." :wtf:

    Who is he kidding?? The parking shortage is epidemic and nationwide. Communities are doing everything they can to close themselves out to big trucks, and pushing out or preventing truckstops from opening in their towns. Existing stops that need to expand are prevented from doing so, and those existing ones are being squeezed until they close.

    Talk about cutting your nose off to spite your face.

    What is really needed is twofold: 1) a tweak to the HOS regulations that give a driver more flexibility to find adequate and safe parking (including forcing state weigh stations to allow overnight parking); and, 2) a federal mandate/subsidy to build more truck-friendly rest stops and full-service truck stops.

    This is a national problem, that must be solved with a national approach. The empty land is there, along every freeway, highway, and tollway nationwide; it's up to us to demand something be done.

  • The case for the $100,000 a year trucker   8 weeks 1 day ago    

    Welcome to the impoverishment of America... and it's happening everywhere, not just trucking.

  • The case for the $100,000 a year trucker   8 weeks 1 day ago    

    Welcome to the impoverishment of America. And it's happening EVERYWHERE, not just in trucking.

  • Uber for Trucks: A mobile freight revolution?   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    The reason why smart truckers travel empty is because we refuse to work for free. We cannot move our trucks for under $2.65 per mile and be profitable. Not all owner operator is created equal. But all owner operator cannot operate under $2.20 per mile based on he cost to operate and properly maintain the equipment. I wish the ones pulling the freight for $1.60 per mile will wake up or go out of business , so the rest of us can prosper

  • Uber for Trucks: A mobile freight revolution?   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    With the EOBR becoming more the way life,the only way this will be feasible will be to have rates that will compensate drivers and companies for time and miles traveled.
    Or will it be another platform on which rate wars will be fought ?

  • Get ready for Roadcheck   8 weeks 2 days ago    

    Tires are an important aspect of earning a CDL licence. For both an MVI inspection and earning a licence drivers must know how to inspect a tire. Rear tires must have 1/16" tread depth, steer tires 1/8", and there cannot be any gashes longer than 1". As well, no chords or plies can be exposed in the tread or sidewall of the tire.

  • Slip-seating: Can it make trucking more productive?   8 weeks 4 days ago    

    I have advocated this for years. OTR companies need to regionalize their operations. Instead of running sleeper units all across the US, organize your fleet into regional daycab operations. Divide the US in to regions that your day cab fleets can move loads from region to region.
    As for retention? Most drivers I speak to want regional work, want to be home everyday or at least 3-4 nights a week. Dividing the country into 300-400 mile regions could accomplish this. Add the reduced acquisition/maintenance costs of running daycabs instead of sleeper units and you get even more cost benefit.
    There will be increased demand for operations personnel to handle the load planning but this would be minimal compared to the long term savings. Further, with a regional fleet, you could install your own fueling stations and run alternative fuel trucks.
    The habit of parking a $100K plus truck for 1/4 to 1/3 of every day is a wasteful habit that needs to be addressed.

  • Low-rider kit for Kodiak/Topkick   9 weeks 15 hours ago    

    is the lowing kit still avable for 2003 topkick

  • Driverless trucks to automate ‘millions’ of jobs?   9 weeks 16 hours ago    

    Enough already! Driverless trucks? 45mph from coast to coast. Do you like rotten produce? Melted ice cream? Tell Ryan Peterson he'd better not give up his day job!
    Sincerely,
    Steve Myers

  • Slip-seating: Can it make trucking more productive?   9 weeks 1 day ago    

    700,000 miles in 3 years = roughly 640 miles per day. Very achievable for a long-haul team. I could see slip seating being helpful for local P&D companies but the real issue here is finding drivers.

  • Slip-seating: Can it make trucking more productive?   9 weeks 1 day ago    

    There is already a driver shortage a quick way to make that shortage worse is to slip seat drivers, they hate it. They will leave your company for one that has assigned equipment.

  • Slip-seating: Can it make trucking more productive?   9 weeks 1 day ago    

    See how that works for driver retention.

  • Underreported: Drivers not seeking help for mental health issues   9 weeks 3 days ago    

    Amen!!

  • Entries being accepted for 2016 Fleet Owner Vehicle Graphics Awards   9 weeks 3 days ago    

    When the issue publishes in the first week of June.

  • Entries being accepted for 2016 Fleet Owner Vehicle Graphics Awards   9 weeks 3 days ago    

    It states that the winner will be announced in the June issue, but when will the contestants be advised that they have won the contest?

  • Senate committee includes restart 'fix' in DOT budget bill   9 weeks 3 days ago    

    When these "highway safety advocates" apply the same logic to tje American motorists and acknowledge that 70% of truck involved accidents are caused by the American motorists, then they can speak out! Otherwise shut the hell up! Truckers are the safest drivers on the road!

  • Do your drivers hate their PAP machines?   9 weeks 6 days ago    

    If you are a new user and are having trouble being able to go to sleep with the mask on, you need to go to your doctor and ask them for a prescription sleeping aid to take until you get use to wearing the mask. Ambien worked good for me and it didn't a major hangover effect like most over the counter sleep aid products.

    I have worn the mask for about 5 years now. First off, it has made no difference in how I feel during my awake hours. The only thing might have done is lower my blood pressure slightly. I was getting close to borderline high blood pressure and now I am usually close to 120/80.
    I now find it hard to sleep without it. Not sure if its because of the humidifier or what, but I feel naked without the mask.

  • Will self-driving vehicles struggle for acceptance?   10 weeks 17 hours ago    

    Instead of wasting any more money on a concept,how about more money on or crumbling bridges and roadways

  • Will self-driving vehicles struggle for acceptance?   10 weeks 17 hours ago    

    With 20 years in trucking leadership, I believe there may be some benefits for self-driving trucks, but mostly on the open road to take out large legs of a trip. In my opinion, there is no substitute for the personal touch of a professional driver picking up and delivering a load. The other concern is infrastructure to support these trucks. Many shippers and receivers have older, complicated dock areas that require high knowledge and skill levels to navigate in and out of. In summary, the technology for these trucks will likely advance faster than the industry and supply chain's ability to accept them.

  • FMCSA proposes new BASIC: Beyond Compliance   10 weeks 2 days ago    

    I don't see this as being a big deal. Brokers/potential customers are going to look at the basic BASICS first because if they have any concerns with carrier performance ( or lack therof) , that is where they will find it. Carriers who get a " gold star " as an added BASIC could still end up close to or over a thresh hold and then what ? Unless this involves some sort of insurance premium mitigation or reducing of other scores in some manner, this seems like another program that companies might just do anyway.

  • Rolling Billboards   10 weeks 3 days ago    

    There are also other companies that offer advertising on semi trucks. www.advertrucking.com for example helps truck/fleet drivers and owners make extra money by selling advertising space on trucks.

  • Truck parking crackdown spurred by political donor in North Carolina   10 weeks 3 days ago    

    What about the potential fatal crash due to a sleepy driver? How about those statistics? There is a huge shortage for parking, and I'd rather have a driver pull off on a on ramp then fall asleep at the wheel. Give them a break!

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