Todd Dills

Reader: ELDs set to exacerbate existing parking, detention issues

"I don't think anyone has really considered what making all trucks go ELD will do and all the problems it will cause. There isn't enough parking now." --reader Josiah Gonzalez, via email. And: A little personal conveyance wiggle room.

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A night in jail on account of an unloaded pistol in the truck

A night in jail on account of an unloaded pistol in the truck

Fred Afflerbach recalls the state of Massachusetts' treatment of carrying out-of-state firearms round about 1980 -- and more voices on issues of parking and personal protection on the road.

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Alert to DOT: Industry shows unity against safety-rating change in light of CSA’s problems

Alert to DOT: Industry shows unity against safety-rating change in light of CSA's problems

A recent letter, urging DOT to scrap the Safety Fitness Determination rulemaking as premature, brings in a large variety of state and private industry associations as signatories, including ATA, OOIDA, NASTC and WSTA. The broad nature of the coalition should "indicate how seriously everyone views this issue."

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Livestock haulers’ efforts to secure hours changes in light of ELD mandate, stalled

Livestock haulers' efforts to secure hours changes in light of ELD mandate, stalled

"We're 100 percent dependent on road transportation of our cattle. Take that away from us and we're back to cattle drives." --Tim O'Byrne of the American Cattle Transporters Advisory Group, a coalition hoping to liberalize split-berth/14-hour regs for livestock haulers in light of ELD mandate.

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Rest-area commercialization and parking preservation: A view from the truck stops

What happened to the sales figures for a downstream business when the I-95 state-run Delaware House service plaza closed for restoration several years back. NATSO CEO Lisa Mullings illustrates some of the issues around potentially expanded commercial services at rest areas.

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Winter doldrums in the spot market for vans, reefers

Winter doldrums in the spot market for vans, reefers

Van rates may have hit bottom for the season, says DAT's Ken Harper. "There are reasons to be cautiously optimistic, however, for spot freight. "Volumes on the top 100 van lanes were up 2.5 percent over the previous week, and about the same month over month."

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Berlin/Nice-style terrorist attack likely in U.S., readers say

8 in 10 Overdrive readers believe such an attack is at least somewhat likely, lending new importance to personal security/safety measures on the road.

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Negotiating the brokerage contract: Back solicitation, detention and more

Leander Richmond of Mich.-based eight-truck Eagle Express Inc. learned the hard way of one broker's no-detention-pay standard policy at first-come first-served shipper/receiver facilities -- likewise the "insulting" offer when he objected.

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POLL: Your first contact with your current leasing/employing carrier?

Leased/company drivers, where did your first awareness/contact of the company you're leased to or work for today come? Were you referred by a friend or a fellow driver with the company, catch an online advertisement that spurred further action, or something else?

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8 in 10 readers view behind-the-wheel minimum hours crucial for training rule

8 in 10 readers view behind-the-wheel minimum hours crucial for training rule

Recent Overdrive polling makes clear: Most owner-operators believe the 30 hours originally proposed for, though not included in, FMCSA's final training is insufficient as a minimum, and overall 78 percent believe a minimum of 30 or more is necessary.

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