Todd Dills

Readers sound off on FMCSA’s border move

| January 15, 2015

U.S. truck operators see cheaper rates, more crashes and lower driver pay as possible effects of FMCSA's expansion of cross-border trucking with Mexico.

Thinker-tinkering: Inventors among the trucker set

| January 13, 2015

It's people like Chris Barbeau, Robert Jordan and others that lend credence to notion of the creativity-inspiring quality of the open road. Keep thinking, keep building, operators.

POLL: Long-term impacts of U.S.-Mexico cross-border long-haul?

| January 12, 2015

This poll follows the U.S. government's recent announcement of an impending opening of long-haul cross-border opportunity for Mexican carriers? What will be the primary U.S. result, as you see it?

Roads not taken: Diesel technician demand on the rise

Jason Cannon and Todd Dills | January 12, 2015

You’ve heard of the "driver shortage," right? The world of diesel technicians is experiencing a similar dynamic as equipment evolves, many techs retire and fewer people enter the vocation.

Hours wish list — change if you could, would, should…

| January 10, 2015

To improve the hours of service with a mind toward doing the work of driving a Class 8 truck in the safest manner possible, what one change would be the most effective?

Roads not taken: Training, recruiting, safety

| January 09, 2015

Interviews and information here from active fleet personnel, some of them former drivers, on compensation and other benefits of training, safety and recruiting roles.

Hours regs starting to ‘look like the tax code’

| January 09, 2015

"Pretty soon our HOS rules are going to look like the tax code." --Tom Strese, commenting on news of another niche exemption request from the 30-minute break.

Rates: Demand on the rise short-term?

| January 08, 2015

And a check-in with owner-operator Jan McCarter on her new Human Trafficking Awareness Project, looking ahead to MATS in March.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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