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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 ...

The Historical Record

I love history. And I love cars and trucks. And airplanes. And boats. And tractors. So it’s pretty easy for me to appreciate an antique vehicle given the context of ...
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Digging into nat gas bills: Would they accomplish anything?

The trio of bills introduced in the House a few weeks ago to promote natural gas use will, if enacted, no doubt be a step toward boosting natural gas implementation, ...

Trucking’s greatest innovator, ever?

Last week’s CCJ Innovators Summit reminded me that I have a nominee for the trucking innovator of the century, and that’s basically the full history of the industry. The punchline ...

Free MRAPs a sign of the times for military truck builders

With Iraq pretty much over with and Afghanistan hopefully winding down soon, the U.S. military has announced its giving away – free – 13,000 used military trucks. The catch, they’re ...

Negotiating accessorials: It’s all about the data

Shippers traditionally have wanted to limit or even eliminate accessorial charges, meaning carriers “were stuck with that cost,” explains Transplace’s Ben Cubitt. The result has been carriers must try to ...

The biggest regulatory target in the country

After objectively observing this industry for almost two decades now, CCJ's Jack Roberts says he's have concluded that it really doesn’t matter which party is in power: Trucking, as far ...

In the world of trucking 100 years ago

As you'll see from these images, taken from 1914 issues of Commercial Car Journal -- as CCJ was then known -- trucking was still mch in its infancy, struggling to ...

Note to Congress: Fix the roads; no excuses

Every member of the House transportation committee should be required to drive Interstate 40 between Memphis and Little Rock as a prerequisite for consideration of the next highway bill. But ...

Commercial Trucking Disease: symptoms and treatment

Does the trucking industry make the business harder, or more dangerous, than it needs to be? That’s the way many seem to like it.