SAN DIEGO — How many times has it been said that the key to opening and maintaining a successful business venture is location, location, location? Has sort of a ring to it, doesn’t it? Well, the Truckload Carriers Association has come up with its own marketing slogan that resonated over and over again during the organization’s 73rd annual convention here March 13-16. Image, image, image.
Spring is in the air, and there’s going to be freight on the docks, if the freight and rate improvements seen this winter are any indication.
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Coming from three generations of truckers, Linda Cronin has been driving for 25 years. "He didn't have any boys," she said of her father. Driving for Platinum Express out of Dayton, Ohio, she said she is partly from Ohio and partly from Louisiana, driving between both on a regular basis, but doesn't get home a whole lot.
LITTLE ROCK — When CalArk CEO Rochelle Bartholomew Gorman received trucking’s first annual Influential Woman of the Year award March 15, she made a passionate plea to industry stakeholders to reach out to younger women and tell them about the career opportunities in what she called “a fantastic industry.”
And now for the first annual, “It’s About Time, Long Overdue Award”: It goes to Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., who recently introduced a bill requiring the Department of Transportation to study the amount of time truckers spend at loading docks and use what they find to draft a rule setting a maximum number of hours drivers can be detained.
We thought long and hard about this column. The topic — Hours of Service — wasn’t hard to choose, but it’s been difficult to write for a couple of reasons, which we will explain as we go along, but let us start off by saying that this column is about emotion and common sense.