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Questions about the Hours-of-Service Rules, Ag Exemptions, and More Answered by Law Enforcement Officials Warning: Laws are subject to change without notice.  These interpretations were made on April 16, 2022. Brought to you as a public service by Ol’ Blue, USA and 10-4 Magazine.  Please submit questions to: question@askthelaw.org Q: Can I use Personal Conveyance
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Spring is in full force and the sunny days are finally warming my old bones.  There hasn’t been so much rain as to dampen my spirits or drown out my enthusiasm for trucking.  This is the time of the year when we all want to gas up the John Deere and take a spin on
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The word “busy” seems to be everyone’s middle name now.  We are all running around like hamsters in a wheel.  With the events of the present day, we are forgetting about the future – our children.  Are we really spending time with them or just putting an electronic device in their hand, so we do
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This month’s creation was built for Jason Goettsch of Goettsch Trucking out of Durant, IA.  Jason, along with his wife of 14 years, Tara, both drive for the company.  Along with trucking hard, Jason enjoys family vacations with their two daughters – Brynn (13) and Blakely (10) – and has a passion for snowmobiling.  Both
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Most cattle haulers have an air of confidence about them, and it can be seen in not only the presentation of what they drive, but also by the man or woman that step out of that truck.  Cattle drives still exist today, but the transport to town has changed a bit from how it was
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Human trafficking occurs all over the world.  Most of us have heard of it but may not know how it really affects its victims and the rest of us.  Many might think of it as something that only happens in other countries, but it happens in the U.S. as well.  As you travel around the
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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Charlene Frelix Johnson as its May 2022 Member of the Month.  Charlene is a professional driver for Republic Services and has been with the company for more than four years.  Charlene is one of the few women in her division at Republic Services, the East Mesa yard. 
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After a two-year hiatus due to Covid, the 50th anniversary of the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) finally happened – and it was worth the wait!  Held at the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, KY on March 24-26, 2022, this was the first show held since the 2019 event.  And, according to the numbers, it didn’t
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It’s been two years since the last Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS), and in that time, a lot has happened at Pittsburgh Power.  Max Mileage FBC has come forward leaps and bounds, we took over OPS (Oil Purification Systems) and began manufacturing the units in our shop, and we partnered with DPF Alternatives to give our
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Not very many owner operators out there have a laid-out, stretched-out, slammed-down, show-worthy aerodynamic Kenworth T680 with a completely custom interior and upside-down stacks.  But that is exactly what Tom Fedie (AKA Big T) of Eau Claire, WI owns and drives every day.  Leased to his friends at K&D Transport out of Spring Valley, WI,
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Flat as a dinner plate.  That was the surprise on last night’s commute home – a flat tire.  An inconvenience, a hassle, and an expense, but that’s the beauty of a disposable economy – if something goes bad, we just replace it.  In the book “When Death Becomes Life” by Joshua D. Mezrich, MD, though,
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Great springtime days are finally here.  Farewell to winter and hello warm weather.  Time to ride and shine from one truck wash to the next.  The salt and rocks have done plenty of damage again this year, and we are ready to do the annual repair to get all the chicken lights working again.  For
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Are your daily challenges and the current events of this world driving you up the wall?  Join the club!  Wherever you look, there’s madness in the world.  People are beginning to break under the pressure.  Many people are taking drugs or drinking to ease the pain they feel, but nothing seems to fill that hole. 
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This month’s creation was ordered for Pat Lahr (30) of Lahr Bros. Trucking in Denison, IA.  The other Lahr brothers include Charlie (32), who works with Pat, and an older brother named Kelly, who is a big crane operator.  Their dad, Rick Lahr, who passed away from cancer in 2016, helped the boys get started
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Antique truck shows from all across the country unite people who have a love for trucking’s past, as well as the trucks that were a part of it.  Vintage Trucks of Florida was no exception with their 9th Annual Truck Show.  Held in Leesburg, FL on February 17-19 at Paquette’s Historical Farmall Museum, there was
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Questions about Window Tint, Inspections, Ag Exemptions & More Answered by Law Enforcement Officials Warning: Laws are subject to change without notice.  These interpretations were made on March 16, 2022. Brought to you as a public service by Ol’ Blue, USA and 10-4 Magazine.  Please submit questions to: question@askthelaw.org Q: I use my personal truck
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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Jennifer Macalaguin as its April 2022 Member of the Month.  Jennifer is vice president of engineering at Navistar, Inc. in Lisle, Illinois.  Growing up, Jennifer loved math and science.  She was raised in the Philippines and completed an engineering degree there, then she received a scholarship in
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There are some trucks that just naturally lend themselves to chrome, customization, and personalization, and in many instances, there is even an entire culture surrounding those specific areas of trucking (think refrigerated, flatbed, bull haulers, stepdeck, etc.).  Finding polished and done-up rides in these sectors of trucking is no great challenge and, for many years,
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In the span of two weeks, we have seen the same failure on two different trucks.  These engines were different model years with different after-treatment configurations.  One had a DPF and SCR, while the other only had a DPF.  The failure is the DPF outlet cracking horizontally and vertically, resulting in large chunks of DPF
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A man can be known for the things he does and does not do.  Descriptions of what a man is like can be said, but what is most important, is how he made someone feel.  This is the story of Eric Gibbons, owner of EMH Transportation out of South Salt Lake, UT – a man
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This month’s cool creation is actually two trucks – the latest one was built for Gary Abatti (64) of Gary Abatti Hay Co. in Paso Robles, CA and the other was built for his son Jeff (40) about five years ago.  Gary’s new ride is the cream and burgundy rig, and Jeff’s is the cream
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I would consider myself a semi pro polisher, at best.  Winter is waning and spring is on the horizon… maybe.  I’m settin by the window waiting for the delivery guy to get here with my test kit from SIC RIGZ Polish by Caliva’s Polishing Products.  They come highly recommended by my supplier and I’m excited
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Have you ever scattered seeds and watched which ones germinate?  Nature is a wonderful teacher on many levels.  The seeds that get scattered in sand do not even get a chance to sprout roots, and the seeds that are scattered among weeds are pushed out by the dominating weeds and never get a chance to
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Danny Brooks, better known as “Bubba” to most, is no stranger to hard work.  But, if his truck, seen on these pages here, is proof of anything, it is that hard work (and great support from family) pays off!  A farmer by trade, Bubba came to trucking like most agrarian professionals – trucks and trucking
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Questions about Drug Tests, ELDs, the Oilfield Exemption & More Answered by Law Enforcement Officials Warning: Laws are subject to change without notice.  These interpretations were made on February 20, 2022. Brought to you as a public service by Ol’ Blue, USA and 10-4 Magazine.  Please submit questions to: question@askthelaw.org Q: I had a discussion
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There are those who head down one path in life, but sometimes that path is not straight.  They eventually get to where they are supposed to be, but only after some twists and turns along the way.  Debbie Setter of Fargo, ND always knew she wanted to go trucking, but it didn’t happen as quickly
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The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) has announced Ginger Pitts as its March 2022 Member of the Month.  Ginger is an Automated Side Loader (ASL) Recycling Truck driver for Waste Management (WM) in Oklahoma City.  Ginger is a native Oklahoman who grew up in Enid and moved to OKC about seven years ago, and she
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It’s 2010 and you have finally bought yourself that shiny new 3/4-ton diesel-powered monster that you have wanted since you can remember.  You couldn’t be happier.  Skip ahead ten years, and your faithful friend is starting to show its age.  The Dodge exhaust is rattling, the Chevy’s transmission is having trouble shifting, and the Ford
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When the name of your trucking company is Deluxe Distribution, your customers most likely assume the service you provide them will be “deluxe” and above average.  This would be true of Ron Beer (48) of Orange, California, and his company that primarily services the entertainment and trade show industry, which is a discerning bunch, for
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