Testimonies from the driver’s side, as H.O.S. debate heats up on the Hill

November 23rd, 2013 @ // No Comments

The debate over federal Hours of Service regulation changes that went into effect July 1st continued on Capitol Hill Thursday, November 21, as representatives of the trucking industries made known their concerns. Testifying before the Small Business Committee’s Subcommittee on Contracting and Workforce, Duane Long, chairman of Longistics, a fleet of 105 trucks based in […]

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Is Brown the New Green?

November 16th, 2013 @ // No Comments

United Parcel Service is furthering its commitment to alternative energy, with the help of a West Coast fuel provider. UPS’s growing fleet of liquefied natural gas trucks will be filling up at five new sources in Texas, under two separate deals with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. These transactions will support UPS heavy-duty trucks, currently one […]

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Capitol Christmas Tree Tour Features Custom 2014 Mack

November 9th, 2013 @ // No Comments

It’s hard to say which is more impressive: the 88-foot Englemann spruce that will stand on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol this Christmas, or the custom-painted Mack that will be carrying it four thousand miles. In a tradition begun in 1964, the Capitol Christmas Tree is wrapped up and headed for Washington, DC, […]

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Tire Size Is Inflating

November 2nd, 2013 @ // No Comments

Last fall, I was amused to see Jets quarterback and evangelist Tim Tebow in this Vogue magazine photo by Annie Leibovitz.  Tebow is shown in New Jersey rock quarry, rolling a tire William Perry could use for a swing. The New York Post called him a “holy roller.” My caption would have been Matthew 16:24: […]

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Truck or Treat! Ghosts haunt America’s highways.

October 31st, 2013 @ // No Comments

No American holiday is more devoted to the imagination than Halloween. Once a year, we disguise ourselves as anyone we wish to be, decorate our homes in other-worldly fashion, hand out treats for visitors, and astonish and amuse each other with ghost stories. These stories often originate inside haunted houses, where ghosts appear infrequently to […]

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Oil prices reflect Mideast concerns, as President Obama looks toward energy future

October 18th, 2013 @ // No Comments

As tension developed in the Mideast, the national retail price for on-highway diesel rose 6.8 cents during the last week of August, to $3.981 a gallon, the highest jump since February. It settled to $3.94 by September third, the eve of President Obama’s joint press conference with Prime Minister Reinfeldt in Stockholm. The concerns that […]


Some good news, before the federal shutdown.

October 15th, 2013 @ // No Comments

Prior to the federal government shutdown, the Department of Energy’s Energy Information Administration offered encouragement on the state of diesel prices. The first week of October, the national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel dropped 2.2 cents to $3.897, falling for the fourth straight week. Average prices fell in all regions of the […]


Hanging up the gloves on the rear-view mirror

October 7th, 2013 @ // No Comments

Think of the names of celebrities who used to be truck drivers. Elvis probably comes to mind first. How about comedians Chevy Chase and Richard Pryor? Charles Bronson, James Cameron, Sean Connery, Rock Hudson, Liam Neeson, Boris Karloff and Viggo Mortenson all took jobs behind the wheel, on the long road to Hollywood. Now, think […]


Trucks, trains, ships, planes, and that infernal shutdown

October 4th, 2013 @ // No Comments

How will the federal government shutdown effect commercial transportation? It depends upon whether you or your cargo travel on water, wings or wheels. The shipping industry will experience delays in paperwork. A news release on the website of the Federal Maritime Commission reports that it will be closed effective the first of October. The FMC, […]


From science fiction to the center lane

September 30th, 2013 @ // No Comments

The 1982 action series Knight Rider featured a talking autonomous sportscar that was able to switch to autopilot. In the three decades since, consumers have snapped up robo-vacuums, lined up at self-checkouts and ATMs, and have grown accustomed to AGVs roaming office and hospital corridors. Yet we haven’t shown much anticipation for the self-driving car. […]