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Month: January 2016

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Trucking Safety; Lead, Follow, or Get Out of the Way

James Jailet has a great article up at CCJ. In the article, Jailet quotes Joe Rajkovacz of the Western States Trucking Association (WSTA) who says that drivers for small trucking companies and/or owner-operators need to do more than “just say no” to every safety-compliance initiative that comes up. His comments were brought about because of the …

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Dash-Cams; Fleet Efficiency Tool or More?

Commercial Carrier Journal’s Aaron Huff posted a great article Monday about SmartDrive. SmartDrive produces a video-recording, data-capturing, device which video-records what is happening in front of the vehicle and also the driver. In addition, their system can be coupled (as the images in Huff’s article show) to GPS and vehicle diagnostics data. Obviously this has the …

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Wearable Tech; Drivers’ Aids or Big Brother Tools

This blog has discussed driver fitness/health before, more than once in fact. This is another post in that theme. Transport Topics (ttnews.com) has a great article up about wearable tech and how they are currently used by truckers and what they hold for the future. As a wearable tech user myself (I wear and use a FitBit device) I …

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Urbanization of America; Planning to Fail

Okay, this is a GREAT article. FleetOwner.com’s Sean Kilcarr hit a home run here. In this article Kilcarr highlights an overlooked relationship between transportation/freight and the increasing shift towards an urban lifestyle. I highly recommend that you read my article and the linked one by Kilcarr. According to the 2010 census, the United States is 80.7% urban; …

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California; Regulatory Killer of Business or Environmental Leader

Supply Chain Brain posted an interesting article about California and its efforts to move towards cleaner air while at the same time ensuring business (freight/transportation) efficiencies. It’s easy to pick on California. We are far and away the most regulated state in the union. And sometimes those regulations become burdensome and obnoxious. However, it would be …

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics; Sleeper-Berth Study Commissioned

Former British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli once reportedly said, “There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” Actually though, I love statistics. They are facts. Unfortunately, statistics can often be easily manipulated. So it’s with a certain untrusting feeling that I applaud the FMCSA as they commission Virginia Tech University and Washington State University to combine on …

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