Friday, September 9, 2016

91-year-old woman realizes dream of driving a big rig

 It took decades, but Louise Spencer’s dream finally came true.

Spencer, who is set to turn 92 years old this month, recently drove a tractor-trailer for the first time. She even sounded the horn.

“It’s always been something in me that I wanted to do,” Spencer told local media on Friday, Sept. 2 in Winona, Minn.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Shady or stupid, feds blow it with speed limiter proposal

As complicated as it may seem to some, there are steps to the rulemaking process. Those steps are in place, and each has a purpose, to ensure a transparent rulemaking process that allows the public the access and opportunity to give input on regs that agencies are planning to dictate our lives with.

The “proposed” regulation on speed limiters misses the mark. So bad. Like falling out of a boat and not even hitting water bad.

For starters, this is all because the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration granted a petition a decade ago to consider mandating speed limiters.

That didn’t obligate the agencies to anything.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

The high seas version of an Arrow Trucking collapse

Remember 2009 when Arrow Trucking abruptly went out of business leaving 1,400 drivers stranded
around the country?

Their fuel cards were useless, and they had no instructions beyond “turn your truck in at the nearest Freightliner or International truck dealer.” Driver paychecks bounced and confusion reigned among shippers and brokers. Where the hell is my stuff? How can I get it back?

Something very similar is happening now, but on a much larger scale – this time on the high seas.