Hell Week 2: The Sequel

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Those of you who follow me on Twitter may as well admit you knew this was coming. Heck, @darkstaff said as much in a Tweet. Even stranger, that weirdo even said he was looking forward to it. ;-) So now it’s time to spread the joy in a blog post. Something that future generations can read and marvel at the intelligence of the writer. Oh hush.

As I typed “Hell Week” as the title, I had a sense of deja vu. Sure enough, a search of my blog confirmed that I had already done a “Hell Week” back in September of 2009. So I took my cue from the extremely creative Hollywood movie studios and created a wonderful new title. Hope you appreciate all the thought I put into it. Continue reading

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Lessons from a Frog by Ellen Voie

Recently I read a book called, “Before You Leap,” by Kermit The Frog. You are probably familiar with Mr. Frog, who bills himself as an “international television and motion picture star, a humanitarian, an amphibitarian and an educator.” He’s better known as the star of “The Muppet Show,” on Sesame Street.

The book’s title, “Before You Leap,” gives the reader insight into the content, but the subtitle describes it perfectly, “A Frog’s-Eye View of Life’s Greatest Lessons.” Throughout the book Kermit gives advice on everything from making your dreams come true to dealing with difficult people and challenging situations along the way.

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New Bill would put an End to Bad Brokers in the Trucking Industry

The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) applauded the introduction of the “Fighting Fraud in Transportation Act,” HR2357, in the U.S. House of Representatives today.

“This law would put a stop to a system that allows ruthless brokers and scam artists to continue to operate unchecked,” says Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of OOIDA. “Too often, we’ve seen deceitful brokers get away with collecting payments from shippers but cheating truckers out of what is rightfully theirs.”

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Smart Phone Truckers: Speeding Tickets? Protect your Rights with My Max Speed

My Max Speed™ documents your rate of speed by geo-location every 5 seconds to accurately confirm your speed at the time of a citation or need.

Iconosys announces the release of My Max Speed™ for smart phones – a speed monitoring app to encourage safe driving and protect consumer rights.

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Ray LaHood: ‘No Texting’ while Driving – Big Brother says Otherwise

New Yorkers will be the first to use a new alert system. They will be rapidly alerted to potentially dangerous situations – ranging from terrorist threats to impending hazardous weather – under a new text notification program. Mayor Bloomberg unveiled the program, which will be the first of its kind in the nation, Tuesday morning near the World Trade Center site.

The program is called “PLAN,” which stands for the “Personal Localized Alerting Network.” And the goal is to give New Yorkers instant, potentially life-saving messages and updates on emergencies. New Yorkers can expect several kinds of alerts: warnings directly from President Obama, messages about immediate safety threats and Amber Alerts about missing kids. Cell phone companies may allow customers to block some of the messages, but certain alerts must go through. Cell phone users can opt out of some messages, but certain alerts will be mandatory.

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How the Increase in Diesel Prices Affects Trucking Jobs

Trucking is not an easy industry to work in, especially if you’re one of the people who operate a rig.  You face long hours on the road with nothing but the radio for company, trying not to fall asleep at the wheel as you power your way across the country to deliver your cargo.

If you’re lucky, you work for a company that offers insurance benefits (many just insure their trucks).  But if you work for yourself, you likely don’t have access to these extras (or you pay an arm and a leg for them).  You also have to deal with wacky weather and road conditions, the difficulty of finding places to stop for food and fuel, the discomfort of sitting in a cab day and night when you’re on duty, and of course, the dangers associated with any job that leaves you in a state of constant sleep deprivation.  But one of the worst parts of the job for many in the industry is the onus of paying for diesel fuel, which is often more expensive than regular gasoline.

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Strike Three! – FMCSA, You’re Outta There!

The primary mission of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is to reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities involving large trucks and buses.

The FMCSA was established as a separate administration within the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) on January 1, 2000, pursuant to the Motor Carrier Safety Improvement Act of 1999. FMCSA is headquartered in Washington, DC and employs more than 1,000 people in all 50 States and the District of Columbia, all dedicated to improving the safety of commercial motor vehicles (CMV) and saving lives.

These are the guys that are supposed to keep everyone in the trucking industry in order. But who can we get to keep them in order? 2011 has not been a good year for FMCSA this would be the third strike against this government agency – when will we stand up and demand they be investigated?

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Where is the Outrage – Mexican Trucks are coming to a State Near you

I have written on this subject several times – but where is the outrage? Mexican trucks are coming to the U.S. very soon – quite likely before the end of the month. Calls, and or letters/faxes need to be sent to your lawmakers – they need to hear from their constituents, this does not just affect certain states, but this will effect all of the United States. Why you ask?

U.S. truck-drivers and carriers must contend with ever-increasing safety, homeland security and environmental regulations that dramatically affect their costs of operations as well as their ability to make a living at their chosen profession,” said Todd Spencer, Executive Vice President of OOIDA. “Mexico does not have an even remotely equivalent regulatory regime for its trucking industry and should not be given de facto exemptions.”

In 1995 the U.S. and Mexico started a pilot program to allow Mexican trucks to travel throughout the US delivering loads brought in from Mexico. The US trucks were allowed to do the same in Mexico, but environmental issues, safety and security concerns spurred the United States to bar Mexican trucks from being on U.S. roadways.

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The CSA (Crappy Sucky Administration)

As if the title didn’t tell you all you needed to know, I’m not a big fan of the new CSA rules that the trucking industry is dealing with. In fact, I’d rather jump in the cage with one of those MMA fighters. Being the wuss that I am, it’d be almost as painful as dealing with the CSA, but at least I’d be unconscious in a matter of seconds instead of enduring the never-ending torture that the CSA promises the truck driver.

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CrossBorder Trucking with Mexico – DOT ‘Assumes’ it is Safe

I have been writing about this for a while, explaining that if the Department of Transportation (DOT) head and Obama succeed in opening the border more American jobs will go away, and the safety we NOW have on interstate highways will diminish greatly. The U.S. DOT head – Ray LaHood obviously “assumes” that travels into Mexico are safe – as he always says here at the DOT we are all about safety.

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