Todd Dills

Podcast: Big data at ‘tipping point’ for new safety applications

Fatigue management and monitoring techs will become, over the next 30 years, ubiquitous in fleet trucks -- even, says safety expert Don Osterberg, in owner-operated units.

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Pennsylvania county goes proactive on highway-ramp parking

Penn. state patrol in Lackawanna County reportedly has stepped up ticketing of drivers parked on ramps, but quick press response shows some hope on shifting prevailing attitudes/awareness of the parking issue.

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The end-of-quarter rush on the spot market closes out March transition month

Spot market loads posted in March showed volume 42 percent higher than in February — but 28 percent lower than the same period in 2015. Here's how the last week of the quarter played out in vans and reefers.

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POLL: What’s your most likely response to the ELD mandate?

As of now, what's your most likely response to mandated ELDs, assuming the regulation makes it intact: Will nothing change for you? Will you wait for rule challenges to play out before moving electronic for hours? Or something else entirely ... ?

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Overhaul bringing high-end shippers into secure freight platform

When Overhaul launches in July, the company says, it will be debuting a fully direct-shipper booking engine to connect with owner-operators/small fleets whose drivers will gradually build trust among customers within the platform.

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Classic former Burt Reynolds-owned W900B, across the pond

How a U.K.-based trucker came to possess a classic mid-1980s W900B, only to realize its former owners here in the United States including none other than Smokey & the Bandit star Burt Reynolds.

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POLL: Should the federal minimum wage be raised?

With California moving toward a phased-in $15/hr minimum wage over the next several years, and other states eyeing similar proposals, should the $7.25/hr minimum wage be hiked?

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DAT exits ELD market, pushes forward with mobile integration

Well-known freight-matching service provider DAT is exiting the electronic logging device (ELD) market just several months after its entrance with the small-fleet/owner-operator-focused InView product.

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Japanese ‘Dekotora’ tradition in custom rigs

A long look across the Pacific at Takuya Sosogi's custom 'dekotora' straight truck, hauling produce in the island nation of Japan. Mel Films' new short documentary shows Japanese custom traditions share a lot with those in the U.S.

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Driver before the truck in small fleet expansion

If the truck procurement/driver employment situation in small fleet expansion presents a chicken-egg type conundrum, operators would do well to focus on the driver first.

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