Friday, March 17, 2017

We've Moved!

When we started this little adventure into “blogging” 10 years ago, we didn’t quite know what would become of it. Over the years it’s grown and evolved and so has the way Land Line brings you the news and views on all things trucking.

Now, we’re moving our site to its own place on our main Land Line website umbrella.

Be sure and bookmark TandemThoughts.LandLineMag.com. We think you’ll love the new look of the site. We know you already love the content.



Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Senate hearing sells out truckers, caters to anti-trucking agenda

 A Senate subcommittee held a hearing about trucking, without a trucker on the panel. The result was a hearing that catered to the anti-trucking agenda. Managing Editor Jami Jones shares just some of her rage over the hearing.


See the full story at the new home of Tandem Thoughts: http://tandemthoughts.landlinemag.com/congress/senate-caters-to-anti-trucking-agenda/

Friday, March 10, 2017

Traffic-camera ticket turns into constitutional fight

When people receive a traffic-camera ticket in the mail, they likely all react the same way. I’m going to fight it, he says. It’s just not right, she says to herself.

The gut reaction is common, because there are many questions. Was I even driving during that time? Can they prove I was the one driving? Does this still-frame photo that shows my vehicle in the intersection with a red light prove that it wasn’t yellow when I entered, and does it indicate that it wasn’t the safest choice?

Yep. We all dream of fighting these cases and likely envision ourselves delivering an impassioned speech to the court as if we were the main character in a John Grisham novel.

But, in reality, we usually pay the ticket and move on.

However, Adam J. MacLeod, a law professor from Faulkner University in Alabama, didn’t let it go. He lived our dreams for us.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Well, that was embarrassing, wasn’t it FMCSA?

Earlier this week, I could envision truckers around the country saying out loud, “Told you so FMCSA.” The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration had to admit that when it abandons a fact-based approach to regulation, the rules likely won’t stand up to scrutiny.

To catch anyone up who missed it, the inspector general signed off on a FMCSA study of the voluntary restart provision. The study shows that requiring two overnight rest periods and limiting the use of the restart did not benefit drivers.

Back in 2013, the agency added these restrictions to the voluntary restart provision. Truckers screamed that it rendered the provision useless. It forced people out on the road at times of peak congestion. It tried to mandate sleep and rest patterns. In the assessment of truck drivers, it failed.

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We can’t even give the agency credit for listening to this feedback and agreeing to study the changes. That credit goes to Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and members of Congress. They listened to truckers and mandated the study and not just any study.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The power and need for social media

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat, Google+, Pinterest. With so many social media platforms, it’s hard to keep up with who is where and which platform is best for you. A lot of people choose to stay off social media entirely.

Don’t. Here’s why.

Like it or not, social media is where people go to for real-time information. Although it’s called “social” media, it’s no longer just a place to keep up with friends, family and people you never even talked to in high school.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Remembering Jerry Nerman - trucking magnate, art collector

Jerry Nerman, founder of Arrow Truck Sales and well-known art collector, died Tuesday, Feb. 28, at the age of 97. Services were held March 3 at the Kehilath Israel Synagogue in Overland Park, Kan.

He was a World War II U.S. Army veteran. After the war he went home to Kansas City, Mo., where he founded Arrow Truck Sales. With 18 locations, Arrow is now one of the nation’s largest dealerships for used Class 7 and 8 trucks.

In 1950, Nerman and the late Melvin Spitcaufsky created a small truck lot in Kansas City intending to sell used trucks. Their first trucks were eight vehicles purchased from the Missouri Corps of Engineers. Those trucks wouldn’t even fire up and, as the story goes, the men had to roll them down a hill to start them.

The $8,000 investment, however, turned into a lucrative deal and the two men realized they might be on to something. Arrow Truck Sales Inc. was launched. The Volvo Group bought half of the ownership of Arrow Truck Sales in 1998 and acquired the rest of the company in 2001. Nerman continued to be active until he announced his retirement in February of 2010. Nerman also founded Truck Center of America, which provides pre-owned vehicles to customers. Based in Leawood, Kan., TCA remains a family-operated business.

In the Kansas City metro, Nerman, wife Margaret and their son Lewis are known as being among the Midwest’s most prominent collectors of contemporary art.

The Nermans have also provided financial support for the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts in Kansas City, and the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library and Museum in Independence, Mo.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

With this ring

“People say that love knows no bounds, that it flows through all of us and crosses all definable and indefinable planes of existence.”

Those words are from a recent Facebook post by Ashley Boeglin (pronounced Beg lin) and it’s a message that will resonate with the trucking industry. Most truckers remember when truck driver Mike Boeglin lost his life in an unsafe parking area, his Freightliner set on fire to destroy evidence. It happened almost three years ago.

“I lost the love of my life, my other half, my soulmate,” she posted.

Detroit firefighters found her husband, Mike, age 31, inside his truck in the early hours of June 26, 2014. Mike was parked in an abandoned lot near ThyssenKrupp Steel Plant where he planned to deliver his load. But he was unable to park inside the gated facility as ThyssenKrupp doesn’t allow it.

Mike was 31. Ashley was four months pregnant. Today, she’s a busy mother of a toddler and a committed activist for safe parking and for truckers’ rights to carry weapons for protection.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tony Justice, Thompson Square to perform at MATS

Tony Justice (Photo by Tex Crowley @ Texomatic.com)
Tony Justice, an OOIDA member from Dandridge, Tenn., attended his first Mid-America Trucking Show in 2012. Five years later, the truck driver and country musician is slated to perform in front of thousands of fans at the MATS free concert on Friday, March 24. Justice will open for international country music stars Thompson Square at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.

“Man, it’s a dream come true,” Justice said while hauling a load to Mesquite, Texas, on Tuesday morning. “It couldn’t be possible without God and my wife’s (Misty’s) hard work. I think I’m more excited for her than I even am for me. This has been a big goal for her. We had a lot of drivers and fans who kept going to the truck show website and requesting for us to be there. This is just an awesome deal.”

Justice, a second-generation truck driver, has definitely climbed the ladder in the country music industry. A grassroots effort of sorts started with the release of the album “On the Road” in 2011. Since then, he and Misty have been handing out CDs and spreading the word about his music at truck shows around the nation.