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  • Duke Energy project tackles truck idling   3 weeks 2 days ago    

    wonder how many drivers will drive off with the cord still plugged in.....

  • Peterbilt rolls out new diesel-electric hybrid   3 weeks 2 days ago    

    OK, that's all well & good, but about that battery, how long is it warranted for, in miles, and how much does it cost to replace? Will you actually get any long term savings, or are you just putting off forking out the money you saved on fuel to buy a new battery? Are the batteries standardized, or are you at the mercy of manufacture who may gouge you for a one-off battery design that you have to buy from him as the only source? Can the batteries be refurbished, to extend their life and save money on the back end? Or will the trucker just get forced to buy an expensive part that's as indespensible as a transmission, only more expensive? A little more info, please before I jump on the wagon.

  • Pay up!   3 weeks 3 days ago    

    I have almost 200 Owner Operators who work for me and I agree with TruckerPresident, the story is misleading. I have guys who gross $150 to $170 and by the time they get done, they have $35-45K. It is a living, but until the ELD mandate is behind us and shippers/consignees have to do a better job of loading/unloading or planning we will never be able raise rates. There will always be someone who will do it cheaper and those guys kill it for the rest of us. Specific load and unload times will help minimize the wasted time trucks spend on waiting to load or unload and in turn, allow them more runs per week. We have times when trucks wait 2-3 days to unload and there is no detention, most shippers won't pay it. It stinks but I am hoping it will change in the future when the ELD mandate takes affect.

  • Robots in trucking: Friends or foes?   3 weeks 4 days ago    

    As for me - I would prefer to deal with human beings. Like human truck drivers or freight shippers. Certainly automation is needed, so why not to automate the broker's job, to make it easier and much quicker? The uber for trucks apps can do it perfectly. Doft, coyotte, Uber freight... Why not?

  • Fleet Owner 500: America's Top Private Fleets   4 weeks 1 day ago    

    Great Data and information

  • Mesilla completes retrofit of 4,000 trailers with TrailerTails   4 weeks 1 day ago  
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  • Delay for ELD mandate? Leading transportation attorney says not likely   4 weeks 2 days ago    

    THERE IS NO WAY THAT AN ELD IS GOING TO IMPROVE SAFETY, ALL IT WILL DO IS FORCE DRIVERS TO DRIVE WHEN THEY ARE TIRED BECAUSE THE 14 HOUR CLOCK STARTS AND DOES NOT STOP. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO ABOUT SAFETY BUT MORE ABOUT THE NIG WIOGS WANTING TO HAVE IT BECAUSE THEIR DRIVERS DO NOT KNOW HOW TO FILL OUT A PAPER LOG BOOK, AND THEY NEED TO KNOW WHERE THEIR DRIVERS AR EVERY SECOND OF THE DAY. SMALLER COMPANIES HAVE BETTER SAFETY RECORDS THAN THE BIG FIVE AS THEY ARE CALLED,

  • ELDs may help reshape refrigerated market   4 weeks 3 days ago    

    Zaphod58
    Simply put, can't be done daily unless running open country. I'll welcome you or anyone else to prove me wrong.

  • Could this be the end of the 11foot8 bridge videos?   5 weeks 17 hours ago    

    This is a great site for training videos. I use it as an intro to overhead clearances. It is apparent that those who rent box trucks should take out the extra insurance as they certainly aren't used to driving a vehicle of height ! Thanks Jurgen !

  • How Amazon is changing supply chain thinking … and mayhap trucking too.   5 weeks 1 day ago    

    what is a mayhap?

  • House panel advances bill prohibiting truckers' meal, rest breaks by states   5 weeks 1 day ago    

    Sounds like a violation of local control. Aren't conservatives in favor of pushing rights out to the people?

  • Despite challenges, 6x2 axle configurations offer benefits   5 weeks 2 days ago    

    The ONLY VIABLE 6x2 OEM on the Market is VOLVO/MACK.
    Why you ask?
    No Other OEM Has the Ability to LIFT The Dead Axle while Driving. This is an ADVANTAGE When LIGHTLY Loaded or EMPTY, Especially IF you have a Trailer with a LIFT AXLE Also!!!
    6x2 Volvo in my Future BECAUSE of that fact!!!
    Other OEM, please take notice!

  • Pay up!   6 weeks 11 hours ago    

    This story is very misleading. I know approx. 100+ of owner operators who like myself make 100,000.00 + (mine is 145k+ )this is our gross not our net. I don't know any owner ops who clear 100k a year. We stay out on the road 3 to 3.5 weeks a month on the road. Fuel, tolls, insurance, truck, trailer, payments, maintenance, quarterly taxes and living expenses eat up a very large portion of our gross

  • Could this be the end of the 11foot8 bridge videos?   6 weeks 14 hours ago    

    FA PR?

  • More Ram 1500 luxury upgrades for 2018 revealed   6 weeks 16 hours ago    

    All nice and good...but where is the Ecodiesel in all of this ?

    It is a great engine considering that at 3.0 liters , it produces more torque than the famous 5.7 hemi. 420 vs 410. It has a great tow rating and gets superb fuel economy getting close to 30 mpg on the highway when solo. Ram and EPA, please figure something out so us Eco owners aren't on the edge.

  • More Uber for freight – no really, it’s Uber Freight   6 weeks 17 hours ago    

    there are a lot of uber for freight solutions. Check doft.com
    the thing is that adoption of this technology is really slow

  • ELDs, NAFTA, Uber: Disruptions ahead for trucking   6 weeks 17 hours ago    

    The trucking is a pretty old-fashioned industry. Certainly it needs to be digitized and to be improved with some technical solutions. The biggest problems are the speed of booking loads and reducing deadhead mileage. And there are solutions, ready to sort it out. They call themself uber for trucking. Doft.com, Uber Freight and many more. Still the industry is a bit slow to adopt it.

  • Penske forms onboard technology consulting group   6 weeks 21 hours ago    

    great news

  • Penske forms onboard technology consulting group   6 weeks 1 day ago    

    Nice news

  • New app locates truck parking spaces   6 weeks 1 day ago    

    Great to know that the amount of the apps created to help the truckers increases. The mobile loadboards, the uber of freight apps like doft, the mobile payment solutions. It would be really cool to make an app combining all these functions

  • The impending telematics takedown   6 weeks 2 days ago    

    We explored Omnitracs and Peoplenet a year ago when leaving Rand McNally, glad we went with Peoplenet! Omnitracs seems unstable and searching for the next investor. The best companies to partner with are the ones long term in the industry that really care about the customer. Rand McNally will be in the same boat soon with their drop in customer service.

  • Cellcontrol, Dohrmann unveil program to lower commercial insurance premiums   6 weeks 2 days ago    

    FYI
    MIGHT LOWER INSURANCE RATES

  • The right technology plus the right driver: A winning combination   6 weeks 2 days ago    

    Fuel saving is alright - it will really help o/os increase their revenue a bit. IMO now the most effective way to reduce o/o's expenses is to use so called uber of freight apps. Think of CargoX or Doft. they can be really effective in case a driver needs to reduce deadhead miles or get a backhaul.

  • The Big Question: Cameras on the Driver or Not?   6 weeks 3 days ago    

    Driver facing cameras are stalking drivers for exploitation and only purpose is to threaten job loss and force drivers to break FMCSR. Simple blackmail devices and have nothing to do with safety. Used to intimidate, threaten, just like an abusive husband who checks to see if toilet seat is up or down and pulls back the bedding looking for stains.

  • Should drivers be worried about blood clots?   6 weeks 4 days ago    

    I would love to exercise my legs like the doc says. There's just one problem. If I do too much rotating, up and down motions, etc while driving, my feet, ankles, and lower legs swell up to a painful degree. I already have enough trouble controlling the swelling to want to aggravate it more. My doc says I have Vascular Reflux, caused by valves in my veins not fitting right so that upward pumping blood is allowed to backwash so to speak.

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