Todd Dills

Tomorrow’s Trucker: Wireless inspections: 24/7 exposure of truck, driver violations

It’s easy to conjure a scenario of total on-highway enforcement of truck and driver regulations, enabled by a nationwide rollout of vehicle-to-infrastructure wireless communications. Growing industry adoption of telematics systems, work by FMCSA to ramp up wireless inspections and several other trends could lead to such a national system in the coming decades.

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Change for the better or nails in the coffin: Talking the future with Gary Carlisle

Whether the future landscape of greater risk translates to a boon for the future generations of owner-operators willing to assume the risk themselves as independents, or not, is one of many areas discussed in this podcast conversation with current owner/former operator Gary Carlisle.

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Spot market van, reefer, flat update: March living up to its name

Here's the skinny -- and more detail on hot markets -- on activity and rate movement within the last week in flatbed (up), reefer (up in spots) and van (fairly flat) segments.

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One independent’s comeback from the brink: A run with Ted Bowers

A rare opportunity to make part of a run with Kingston, Tenn.-based Ted Bowers, owner of the small trucking company that bears his name, yields a story of adversity overcome that holds lessons in the importance of close freight, accounting, driver and other partnerships.

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FourKites’ new load-tracking service for any cellphone

Real-time location information is fed into the FourKites platform to predict ETAs and provide delay alerts and arrival and departure times at stops using circular and polygon geo-fences.

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Audio preview: Howard Salmon’s ‘The War Within’ to be unveiled at Mid-America

Independent owner-operator Howard Salmon is back this year ahead of the Mid-America Trucking Show with another recorded song -- a moving account of a soldier's struggle with relationships, memory and more on the return home after combat.

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Kudos to one driver for two lives saved

The case of trucker Gary Hurd of Paul Transportation, whose company only became aware of his heroic actions on the road at the scene of two accidents well after the fact. Here's to all among you who go unrecognized for similar actions day-in, day-out.

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Amid ‘fatigued driver’ out-of-service discussions, panel releases report on research into fatigue measurement

The 392.3 "ill/fatigued operator" regulation has come under fire from truckers and inspectors in recent years due to lack of objective standards for its enforcement. A new report from the National Academies in some ways underscores the criticism while charting a course for FMCSA on fatigue research.

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Spring freight season has sprung? Spot market volume up in the last week

"Spring appears to have (been) sprung," notes DAT's Ken Harper with this week's spot market update. "Loads up, rates up, hyacinths too" in comparison to the previous week's numbers.

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POLL: Small fleets, which comes first — the driver or the truck?

For those among readers who've owned more than one truck, this poll asks a question relative to views on expansion strategy: Best to buy a truck to fit a dependable driver or the converse, focus on hiring only as needed to utilize equipment?

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