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  • Dalton Timmis makes donation to help Fort Mac evacuees
    ANCASTER, Ont. — Dalton Timmis Insurance is joining the long list of businesses within the transportation industry that are donating money to help the victims of the Fort McMurray wildfire. Dalton Timmis Insurance is donating a total of $13,172. These…
  • Why I don’t have great expectations when it comes to market analysts’ predictions of crude oil
    During my 30 years in the oil industry’s downstream operations, I have learned but one thing, and that is not to have great expectations of the market analysts’ expectations, because in more cases than I care to count, these expectations…
  • ATA truck tonnage index falls in April
    ARLINGTON, Va. — The American Trucking Association’s seasonally adjusted for-hire truck tonnage index decreased 2.1%  in April after a 4.4% drop in March. In April, the index equaled 134.8 (2000=100), down from 137.6 in March. The all-time high was 144…
  • Andy Transport opens new office in Montreal
    SALABERRY-DE-VALLEYFIELD, Que. — Thanks to its rapid expansion, Andy Transport has opened a new office in Montreal the company announced today. The new office is approximately 5,000 sq.-ft. and is the third home for Andy Transport’s team. It is located 3950…
  • Interstate Distributor converts to CarriersEdge for technician, driver training
     MARKHAM, Ont. — CarriersEdge revealed today that Interstate Distributor is using its platform to provide customized maintenance training.  “We moved our entire maintenance training program to the CarriersEdge platform and used their expertise to review and adjust those materials so they are presented…
  • Sanitary Cold Chain offers training for food carriers
    PALM BAY, Fla. — Sanitary Cold Chain is offering FDA FSMA required compliance training for all carriers in all food transportation operations. According to Sanitary Cold Chain, it has established a flexible 3.5-hour training package to provide training certificates for all…
  • Toronto Trucking Association makes donation to help Fort Mac wildfire evacuees
    TORONTO, Ont. — The Toronto Trucking Association announced today that it has donated $5,000 to the Red Cross for the Fort McMurray wildfire relief. Connie Burbidge, the executive director with the Toronto Trucking Association said the TTA’s Board of Directors…
  • More than a third of US truck parking available during peak times: Trucker Path
    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — An analysis of truck parking availability in the US by Trucker Path has shed new light on the issue. Trucker Path, which developed a widely used app that allows truck drivers to upload truck parking spot…
  • Montrose Trailers announces new product line
    MONTROSE, Mich. — Montrose Trailers announced a new product line recently that features the  Low Profile Power Tilt technology for its high performance custom-built enclosed aluminum trailers. This fully-enclosed power tilt trailer with 365-degree access is unlike anything in the market to date, the…
  • Chief introduces heavy-duty collision repair line
    MADISON, Ind. — Chief has rolled out a new product line called Chief Heavy-Duty that was designed to help heavy-duty body shops improve technician ergonomics, shop efficiency, repair quality and cycle times. According to a release, the new Chief heavy-duty product…
  • CarriersEdge introduces new driver training course on fuel economy
     MARKHAM, Ont. — CarriersEdge  announced it has added a new Maximizing Fuel Efficiency course to its driver training courses. The announcement was made at the Truckload Carriers Association 2016 Safety & Security Division Annual Meeting. The course was designed to help drivers understand…
  • Merrick Murphy named new president of Alcoa Wheels and Transportation Products
    CLEVELAND, Ohio — Merrick Murphy was named president of the Alcoa Wheel and Transportation Products (AWTP) business recently. Murphy will be reporting to Tim Myers, who recently assumed the role of group president, Alcoa Transportation and Construction Solutions (TCS). The appointment…
  • Dana 44 front axle added to Dana Crate Axle program
    MAUMEE, Ohio — Dana Holding Corp. announced recently it has added the Dana 44 front axle to its Crate  Axle program. The new offering delivers performance for a variety of applications, including off-road vehicles, forklifts, pickup trucks, pushback tugs, and…
  • Conference to examine Internet of Things and its effect on transportation
    TORONTO, Ont. — The inaugural Internet of Things (IoT) Conference scheduled for June 21-22 plans to address the importance of IoT on the Canadian transportation sector. The event will be held at the Sheraton Toronto Airport. It will feature a…
  • Ryder offers new flexible maintenance packages
    MIAMI, Fla. — Ryder System has introduced what it claims to be the industry’s most flexible leasing and maintenance solutions, Ryder ChoiceLease. The new offerings include two new lease products, designed to provide more flexibility, choice and control for fleet…
  • Protect your cargo this Memorial Day Weekend, CargoNet warns
    JERSEY CITY, N.J. — With Memorial Day weekend looming in the US, CargoNet is reminding drivers and carriers to be vigilant to prevent cargo theft. CargoNet indicates over the past four years, there were 98 cargo thefts reported between the…
  • Daimler commits to exhibit at NACVS 2017 in Atlanta
    Joins Exhibitor Advisory Committee
  • Succession planning for private transportation company owners
    Canadians are aging and Canadian entrepreneurs are aging even faster. According to the Canadian Venture Capital and Private Equity Association, over the next eight years, more than half of the country’s medium sized business owners are expected to retire. In…
  • Champion curler visits Transcourt booth during company’s first year at Truxpo
    ABBOTSFORD, B.C. – This was the first year Transcourt Tank Leasing took part in the British Columbia Trucking Association’s Truxpo event, and the company was happy to welcome world champion curler Georgina Wheatcroft to its booth. A member of New…
  • Summit Trailer raises over $6K for Fort Mac evacuees
    EDMONTON, Alta. – Summit Trailer held a barbecue May 10 to raise funds for those displaced by the Fort McMurray wildfire, raising $6,100 for the Canadian Red Cross. “Over the years of doing business, Summit has made many customers and…

Podcast Listening Experiences…

To make podcasting work as a total alternative replacement listening experience, it’s necessary for me to find and subscribe to podcasts and podcasters that (1) I really like and (2) put out enough content to make it possible for me to listen for up to about 10 hours a day, day in and day out. […]

Hilly Rose Interview…

I interviewed Hilly Rose, the long-time broadcaster that introduced the idea of talking about paranormal subjects on radio and television.

I was going to drop the file on Monday morning after midnight, but something went haywire with the Podshow scheduling option and it dropped immediately. Here’s the directlink to the file:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/26383/truckertom-26383-09-16-2006.mp3

Thanks Hilly […]

Bittorrent For “The Path To 911.”

As I mentioned in my podcast 370, I downloaded and installed a Bittorrent client program called “uTorent” which can be downloaded at http://www.utorrent.com.

I like the uTorrent program. The program download is extremely small. Also, once it’s installed and the program is opened it has a search function in the upper right corner of the […]

Motorcycle Safety…

Here’s an interesting article from Forbes & AP regarding motorcycle safety:

http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/09/12/ap3012044.html

I know I’ve personally seen a number of motorcycle wrecks in the past few months that I’ve happened upon that are being worked as I’m out driving around. I’m not sure why this is happening. It may be that the types of bikes […]

What Is Podcasting…

Here’s a video made by a friend and podcast listener explaining podcasting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHMjQlgwT6k

Upcoming Hilly Rose Interview…

Here’s a promo for an upcoming interview episode of my podcast that I did with veteran broadcaster Hilly Rose:

http://www.truckerphoto.com/media/trucker_tom_hilly_rose.mp3

Be sure to tune in to http://www.truckertompodcast.com on Monday, September 18, 2006.

A Cure For Digital Senility…

I have a couple of 13-year-old vintage IBM machines with Pentium 166 processors. The software they were designed to run — Windows 95 and 98 are no longer functional on the Internet, and they just don’t have enough horsepower to even begin to run today’s operating systems.

Old IBM machines such as these are engineering […]

A Real Katrina Refugee Experience…

My friend Ron Stroope posted an excellent video interview of a Hurricane Katrina refugee Ricky Lips that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana. I highly reccommend watching it. The video is located at:

http://media.podshow.com/media/1416/episodes/24108/zip71101-24108-08-31-2006.mp4