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February 14, 2014 Leave a comment

I am sick of winter!!!!! I hate cold and I hate snow! There, now that we’ve cleared that up, we can talk a little bit about it and a few other things……….

Bad weather seems to separate the good drivers from the rookies. I am always amazed, when I am running at a slow crawl in snow or slush with everyone spaced out in the slow lane, that some six week wonder in a big truck goes blowing by at 60, or 70, You know who they are…….everyone sees them jackknifed in the median on the news reports. Ever wonder why trucking has a bad image? Ever wonder what it takes to be so absolutely stupid? Mercer drivers are the best and are expected to be setting the example.

The Mid America Trucking Show here in Louisville is right around the corner. It begins Thursday March 27 and runs through Saturday, March 29. For Mercer drivers, it begins with meetings and food on Wednesday, March 26. Wednesday morning includes the session with the General Management Group. Lunch is provided, and Wednesday afternoon will include three safety seminars on topics of interest. Attendees will receive credit for each seminar they attend. We will again have supper and evening festivities as well. It is always a great time. I enjoy seeing everyone and answering questions. We have enough parking for everyone, so run through for a day or two if you can work it in.

Dale Corum has spearheaded a project to upgrade the Drivers Lounge. Many improvements are planned and work is underway. We are planning on having everything finished by the truck show. Hopefully it will give all of our drivers a better place to relax (and exercise) when they are in Louisvile. If you see Dale or any of the other of the General Managers (Rick Reed, John Fallot, John Eliassen, Joel Franklin) be sure to thank them for this project. It is a very large financial commitment.

As of this writing, no new news on CARB. It is what it is. If you have a non-compliant truck, you have three options: Upgrade, retrofit (or otherwise get compliant), or don’t go to California. Change may come: The OOIDA lawsuit is out there and the CARB board is scheduled to meet in April, but for now, you only have three choices. If you have questions about CARB compliance, get in touch with the guys in Contractor Relations. They are monitoring this stuff daily. Mercer will not dispatch a non-compliant truck to California.

Finally, the fun stuff. A phone upgrade has enabled yours truly to get on Twitter. Beginning next week, followers will see tweets from me concerning what states are writing us up for what, and which states are most likely to stop us, who got clean inspections and who got good road surveys. You may see weather and other info as well. Information I want to get to everyone quickly will get pushed out on Twitter. Please understand that I won’t be able to answer anything most of the time. I can’t spend all day on it. Remember, you’re dealing with an old guy and a new toy, so be patient. If you want to follow along, follow me at @MercerTrans_Len

I hope everyone has a great weekend. Be safe. Read more…

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