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Call Me Ishmael

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“ Call me Ishmael,” a simple statement in a book published 160 years ago by American author Herman Melville recognized by many to be one of the Great American Novels in literature. The book, Moby-Dick; or, The Whale, is ... March 1st, 2012

As Good As You Want to Be

The Truckload Carriers Association (TCA) has embarked upon their Driver Image Campaign.  Their Image campaign is a concerted effort to improve the image of truck drivers to the general public and is supported by carriers and suppliers to the trucking ... September 1st, 2011

Consistently Inconsistent or The Joy of DataQ Challenges

By now, everyone knows that CSA is up and running and is not going away. Accordingly, all those things that happened eighteen months ago – and that you have tried to forget – are now showing up. That ... June 1st, 2011

Electronic On-Board Recorders

While Middle America was preparing for the massive snow storm that hit on February 1, 2011, FMCSA published in the Federal Register a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs). This Proposed Rule is in addition to ... April 1st, 2011

Drivers Can Now Submit Comments To FMCSA Through TripPak Mobile

Drivers can now submit comments to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) on the proposed Hours of Service (HOS) rules directly from their smart phone via TripPak MOBILE.  TripPak MOBILE is a free application that is available for download ... February 21st, 2011

Thoughts and Concerns for 2011

Recently, I was setting at a table with a couple of people in the trucking industry as they discussed what 2011 may hold in store. Of course, everyone had concerns, and some hope for trucking, but most of all, they ... February 1st, 2011

George Carlin & CSA Safety Management Cycle for Unsafe Driving

Funnyman and philosopher George Carlin once said that he could get rid of illegal drug trafficking in the United States in a month’s time. The solution, according to Mr. Carlin, was not to go after the users or the ... January 1st, 2011

TRUST- BUT VERIFY

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Customer service was the initial reason Central Refrigerated starting using electronic logs. With onboard computers and other technologies, the Salt Lake City-based company could notify customers automatically of load arrivals and departures – but a key component was missing. December 1st, 2010

STROKES: Signs, Symptoms & Prevention

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According to the Centers for Disease Control, every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. will have a stroke and every 3-4 minutes, someone will die of a stroke. Strokes are the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S. ... December 1st, 2010

Schneider National Bulk Carriers Increases Owner-Operator Compensation

Tanker Owner-Operators to Earn $1.05 per Mile Beginning in December The Tanker division at Schneider National, Schneider National Bulk Carriers, is increasing owner-operator compensation by $.05 per mile. The new rate increases owner-operator compensation to $1.05 per mile, ... December 1st, 2010