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electric charging station

Paving the way to electrification: Light-duty electric vehicle successes are laying the groundwork for...

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The California Air Resources Board’s (CARB) recent actions have made one thing clear — the drive to move California toward becoming a zero-emissions electric...
woman holding thank a trucker sign

Heeding the call: Truck drivers re-emerge as ‘Knights of the Highway’ in response to...

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Since the first cases of COVID-19 were discovered in Wuhan, China, in late December, the disease has spread across the globe, quickly achieving the...
Iceberg

Tip of the iceberg: Industry learning the true value of ELDs

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Dear Wikipedia:Since you have become perhaps the most widely Googled “encyclopedia” in the United States with the disappearance of the best-known printed volumes (R.I.P.,...
driver filling gas

Safety on the road: Driver health, safety, and security combine to provide a thriving...

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Top 10 lists abound in the U.S. — sports teams, movies, world leaders, music — you name it, there’s probably a list for it.For...
trucks line Constitution Avenue

Mayday, mayday! A tale of two sides of a dispute over spot rates

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Frustration over spot freight rates bottoming out due to the COVID-19 pandemic drew more than 100 small-business owner-operators to Washington, D.C., for a “May...
blueprint of a truck

Spec’ing your Truck: Buyers love innovation but remain mindful of reliability, safety

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Technology and trucking have long been closely associated. Technological advances have changed everything, from the size and shape of trucks to the drivetrain components...
Elaine Chao

Finally flexible: Carriers, drivers applaud HOS revisions

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Long-awaited revisions to the hours of service (HOS) regulations were released on May 14 to mixed reviews. The changes, published in the Federal Register...
smaller states inside Texas

Blurred (state) lines: FMCSA proposes pilot program that would allow drivers under 21 to...

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In September, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) proposed a new pilot program that would allow commercial driver’s license (CDL) holders aged 18,...
money

Going nowhere: Republicans gear up to halt Democrats’ bill with hefty insurance minimum

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No one would deny that liability insurance for bodily injury and property damage is a necessary part of any trucking business. Controlling the cost...
sleep apnea mask

Asleep at the wheel: FMCSA can lead truck drivers to CPAP therapy, but it...

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Rusty Traxler insisted he never felt sleepy when operating a vehicle.“I never knew I had a big problem other than I’d stop for...
cracked concrete

Fading fast: Hope for new highway funding bill dwindling amidst D.C. bickering

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The year 2020 has been a strange year for several reasons, but there’s one factor that is as normal as can be. Political posturing...

$64,000 question: Can the trucking industry emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than before?

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The COVID-19 crisis isn’t the type of tunnel one enters with an optimistic eye. After all, a global enemy infecting more than seven million...
Lorie Tudor and Shannon Newton

Power Team: Lorie Tudor and Shannon Newton are driving the future of transportation in...

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In March, Lorie Tudor took the reins as director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT), becoming the first woman in the state’s history...
FMCSA Crash Chart

Accountability factor: Program removes not preventable crashes from CSA

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Lost amidst the excitement of the release of the new, more flexible hours of service rule, and the attention appropriately being given to the...
July Invest

Will INVEST in America Act pause the clock on HOS revisions?

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The Investing in a New Vision for the Environment and Surface Transportation (INVEST) in America Act, introduced June 3 by House Transportation & Infrastructure...
Cannabis plant and CBD oil

CBD Caution: Although technically legal, is consumption safe for truck drivers?

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The societal opinion of marijuana has evolved in recent years. There are currently 11 states that have approved recreational use of marijuana for those...
trucks in front of the white house

Sustaining the momentum: Industry must be passionate about retaining PR gains made during pandemic

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Ed Nagle was talking with a reporter about trucking and the lack of respect shown to the industry and especially its drivers, who are...
ox in toll booth

It’s no bull. States looking at toll initiatives and why oxen can be blamed.

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Toll.Is there another four-letter word that leads to a longer string of four-letter words from the mouths (and keyboards) of those employed in the...
Diverse group of Jetco Employees

‘Diversity, equity, and inclusion’ encompass much more than race — and can lay a...

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Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) has become a common catchphrase in American culture, but what exactly what does it mean and why is it...
Construction Concept 2021

Predicting 2021: Industry experts optimistic, but driver shortage may cloud outlook

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If 2020 proved anything it’s that forecasting the future is far from an exact science. After all, who predicted a worldwide pandemic and the...