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What’s up at Cummins?

The 2014 Mid-America Truck Show is in the books. And while, by all accounts, it was a good gathering for the industry at large, frankly, there wasn’t a lot of ...

Highway bill update: Republican budget, state fuel taxes, tick-tock

The partisan positions are simple enough (though the reality often varies): Democrats generally will spend first and find funding later, while Republicans won’t. President Obama’s 2015 federal budget proposal is ...

How-to guide: paying drivers for performance

One of the timely topics discussed at the Truckload Carriers Association’s annual conference, held in Grapevine, Texas, March 23-25, was creating incentive plans for drivers. Beth Carroll, managing principal of the ...

Could Einstein fix CSA?

Let’s consider what the genius who imagined the math behind the workings of the universe might think about the Compliance, Safety, Accountability program.

Logo tattoos, smoking Cinderellas and great customer service

Do your best customers proudly wear tattoos of your brand? The cult-like following enjoyed by Harley-Davidson is an extreme example, but in an increasingly competitive marketplace sustained success depends on ...
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Owner-ops weigh in on truck size, fuel efficiency regs

One-size-fits-all rules and regulations can be disastrous for the trucking industry – or at least for those companies whose operations or business situations don’t quite fit the model a particular ...

Tire Pressure Blues

There was a lot of talk about tires at the TMC Spring Meeting in Nashville this week. It seems that every fleet attending does something different in terms of pressure ...

Another 2 cents’ worth: Gas tax isn’t broken

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association on Friday published a plea and powerful graphic detailing the plight of the federal highway program – and, as ARTBA points out, this ...

The best laid plans

A good buddy of mine hit a run of exceptionally bad luck a few years ago. He lost most of his immediate family to untimely deaths. His wife left him. ...

5 reasons to oppose the Obama truck fuel economy regs, with rebuttals

I’ll admit to being among those who were confused a few years ago when the still-fresh Obama administration announced plans for the first-ever truck fuel efficiency standards. Why would this ...

Looming natural gas measurement proposal a setback for CNG/LNG adoption?

The natural gas vehicle steering committee for the National Conference of Weights and Measures is preparing a recommendation that could change the way compressed natural gas and liquefied natural gas ...