Headline: Slacker Truckers Record Milestone. Black Beauty has crossed one MILLION miles. It's taken us seven years and 820,000 miles driving through the Lower 48, Canada -- except PEI and Nunavut -- and Alaska. We acquired our 2007 Volvo 780 with a Cummins ISX in 2009. Is it time for a new truck? Maybe.
And we're back, yet again, to finish the tale of trucking on a Bureaucratic SuperHighway. Our blog went into hiatus because MacGyver was focused on the Rickshaw Run -- @dospinguinosindia on Instagram -- surpassed its fundraising goal. Yeah!
Eight years of practice on a diesel engine, qualifies MacGyver to work on a lawnmower engine. That's the engine powering the Rickshaw that he will be riding across India. It's an adventure fundraiser. You can watch, follow him on Instagram at DosPinguinosIndia, and show your support with a donation.
Cleaning out the attic I discovered our notebook detailing the 92,047 miles we drove in our first FIVE months as drivers in 2008. It's a lot of miles, but less than Schneider's team goal of 60,000 miles a quarter. Diesel fuel was $4.50 ish a gallon.
This man speaks the real, ugly, truth about truck driving today. Mostly, big rigs are rolling sweatshops. We are part of a tiny trucking niche, both of us drive and we own our equipment, no leases, no loans.
Grizzlies, buffalo and glaciers! We crossed the Yukon to Alaska!
More freightcationing in Texas. It's a motorcyclists playground in the hills between San Antonio and Austin.
A new chapter of Roads Less Traveled.
Australian trucking goes to hourly pay. Listen up American regulators, they admit what you won't that “supply-chain pressures” led to the demand for more speed and lower costs, which “causes drivers to engage in unsafe practices.” Hourly pay started at Australian ports where it immediately reducied waiting time for drivers from seven hours to 23 minutes.
And here's link to the blog post that goes with these photos. http://lifewithnofixedaddress.com/…/taking-the-important-t…/
We have discovered that modern art loves pieces of tractor trailers. http://lifewithnofixedaddress.com/…/art-is-in-the-eye-of-t…/
Owner Operators -- Big votes today on Capitol Hill affecting your cost of business. Make your voice heard. Call (202) 224-3121, the Capitol Hill switchboard. Tell them your zip code and you will be put through to your Congressperson and/or Senator. The following is a summary from OOIDA.
The U.S. House of Representatives will be voting on two Amendments tonight that seek to dramatically raise your costs for liability insurance. As you are aware, trial lawyers and other special... interest groups have been advocating that insurance levels for truckers be raised from $750,000 to as much as $4.4 million, which could increase your costs to $20,000 or more per truck/year, if you can get the coverage at all! This change would have a dramatic impact on small businesses and owner-operators while having almost no effect on large carriers who, according to FMCSA’s own data, crash twice as often as small carriers.
These amendments would strip Sections 5501 and 5503 of the highway bill. As written, these sections prevent FMCSA from moving forward on any rulemaking that would increase the liability insurance requirements on your trucking business and requires DOT to first evaluate how raising premiums would impact small businesses and owner-operators. These sections are critical for keeping current insurance levels in place, especially given the 2014 DOT study that found in 99.8% of truck-involved accidents costs are fully covered by the current requirement.
The proposal to strip the required analysis is not rooted in safety, but rather pushed by trial lawyers and other special interests who are seeking to increase plaintiff’s awards and their own attorney fees. Their motives are outside the scope of what the safety titles of the highway bill seek to achieve; an elevation in highway safety. Ironically, if they are successful crashes could increase as small operators are priced out of the business.
Act now and let your lawmaker know that Sections 5501 and 5503 of the highway bill have your full support and they should block any efforts to remove them from the bill. OOIDA needs you to call your lawmaker now and urge them to vote NO on: Frankel Amendment #19 AND Johnson (GA) Amendment #22. Now is the time for you to be vocal – say no to higher insurance premiums that will hurt small businesses and make highways less safe.
Down time, again! This time the trailer is in the spa, so we turned our attention to the blog. More India, lots of photos.
We had the BEST not-really-trucking day on an old airstrip in Georgia when five trucks arrived to load light airplanes. One each. Among the cast of characters, our trucking besties from The Daily Rant. We worked. We played. We had a dinner under the stars.
Various surveys are attempting to quantify the lack of big truck parking in the 48 states. The short answer, from experience -- it's woefully inadequate, considering taking a break is a federal law. One truly dreadful place is Seattle, Washington where truck dependent municipalities, such as North Bend and Auburn have banned it everywhere. A year ago, at the TA North Bend (see photo, beautiful location, but almost always full) there were about 20 reserved spots, now, about half the lot is paid parking. It's becoming unwise to take a load to Seattle without securing parking in advance.