Todd Dills

The funding for safety groups, the salaries of their chiefs

Funding levels in some recent years for Parents Against Tired Truckers, Citizens for Reliable and Safe Highways (CRASH), somewhat-related group Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and others among the "safety advocacy" community -- trucking's loudest critics.

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MCSAC policy panel’s long shift toward safety advocates

How it happened: When the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee began meeting in 2007, it had four members with direct involvement in trucking. Today, there are three direct trucking members. Over the same period, representatives of safety-advocacy groups more than doubled from two to five.

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TruckerLine drivers network opens for carrier recruiting

The TruckerLine portal for driver career management planned from the outset to offer a recruiting platform to carrier subscribers. After a long test, the Outset Partners developing company reports the service is now open to carriers.

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Volvo fans, this one’s for you: Trux’ custom ’06 VNL 670

This 2006 VNL 670 might well be the only Volvo with eight-inch straight pipes, builder Josh Foster says. Take a video run through the numerous custom mods Foster took the truck through his his employer, Trux Accessories.

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The biggest little voice in trucking

How self-styled safety-advocacy groups won over the federal government, and some trucking interests themselves, to influence trucking regulation.

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The real Leroy Mercer is …

Revisiting a story I wrote on the occasion of the Dualtone label's 2008 release of classic "Leroy Mercer" prank-call recordings on CD, an attempt to set the record straight on just who the comic genius behind those calls was: John Bean of Knoxville, Tenn., who passed away before the phenomenon of the tapes came to full fruition.

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Driver shortage alarm, redux: ‘Turnover is the real problem’

And for too long, the situation for many drivers has been one in which "the rewards don't match the requirements of the job," said ATBS' Richard DeForest at GATS. That won't change until freight rates are able to support a better annual income for the most important part of the supply chain -- the driver.

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UPDATED: Music to truck by: Overdrive’s curated playlist

A raft of audio from performances at GATS by Trucker Talent Search contestants, Tony Justice, Bill Weaver, Paul Marhoefer and others head up our playlist of music from emerging talents among drivers, great driving music, live tracks, podcast interviews with established artists and more.

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Spot market update: Local demand indicators for three major segments in the last week

A somewhat lackluster week on the spot market saw van and reefer volume increase slightly, but rates were more or less unchanged as a national average. Flatbed volume and rates considered broadly continued to drift down, but Savannah-Charlotte was a hot round trip.

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Choking down the milk and cookies

If FMCSA's not going to remove the 30-minute break (aka the 'milk and cookie' break in the words of more than one operator) as requested by CVSA, there may well be rationale for reducing its severity weighting in the CSA Safety Measurement System.

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