Todd Dills

Sleep apnea reg recommendations: Comments closed?

If you've missed the news as yet, the recommendations put forward by the joint meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on sleep apnea entered a 30-day comment period late last week. Or did they? The agency sent out updates to various media following the Federal Register notice that stated the proposal to adopt the recommendations as official regulatory guidance was posted in ...

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New service space at Nebraska Pete dealer

The folks at South Dakota / Nebraska / Iowa-based four-dealer network Sioux City Truck Sales (pbtruck.com) shared this photo with us of construction, now completed, of a new nearly 7,400-square-foot addition to the Peterbilt of Norfolk (Nebraksa) building. Eight new service bays, with a wash bay and some additional parts storage space included, have been added to the east end of the building. They all opened for business this month at the dealership on U.S. Highway ...

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Truck safety flames fanned in Ind.; columnist banks dinner with police chief

When Jerry Davich, columnist at the Post-Tribune of Chicago-area Merrillville, Ind., wrote about the case of an Indiana truck-car accident in which a death occurred recently, an area police chief challenged him to sit for an hour at the intersection of U.S. 30 and County Road 500W between Valparaiso and Merillville and count the number of trucks running the red light there on 30. If the columnist didn't count "at least five trucks per hour" running ...

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More trucks, scenes from Knoxville show last week

Cinderella sleeper storyI was stoked at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville, Tenn., last weekend when, on Saturday morning, this yellow Mack pulled into the lot with none other than my childhood hometown of Rock Hill, S.C., lettered on the doors. The unit is the four-year project, completed when he put the truck in service in 2001, of 41-year-old owner-operator John Randolph, who lives in nearby Blacksburg, S.C., but whose shop for his and his ...

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Lucky 13: Natural gas engines performing well in ready-mix

Chicago-based Ozinga Ready Mix drivers report plenty of power and responsive shifting from 13 Cummins-Westport natural gas-powered Kenworth mixer trucks now in operation, moving from its Chinatown Plant near downtown. “Since city officials are trying to reduce emissions from trucks that operate in downtown Chicago,” says Tim Ozinga, company communications director, “we thought placing all of our new CNG trucks in operation there would have the greatest impact.” The company’s CNG-powered W900s mixers were delivered between October ...

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Brokers: Highway bill unlikely prior to election; more on the bond issue

        With news of President Barack Obama's threat to veto any highway reauthorization or extension bill that comes to his desk with authorization of the Keystone XL Pipeline included, as it is in the House version that passed the Rules committee earlier in the week, came my conversation with James Lamb, head of the Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents, earlier this week. Lamb said that according to his sources the Hill, given the general ...

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Checking in with Jazzy Jordan — and a rig named in her honor

When we quizzed Overdrive Facebook fans on their rigs' nomenclature, i.e. not just the make and model but the names they used to give voice to that most personal of relationships -- the on-highway operator and his or her machine -- one in particular stood out for me. "I named mine 'Jasmine,' to honor Jazzy Jordan," wrote driver Jim Beine, whose Central Point, Ore.-based Oldland Distributing, 272-inch wheelbase 2001 Peterbilt 379 extended hood is here pictured. ...

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Chuck Bosselman inducted in racing hall of fame

The 15th class of the Nebraska Auto Racing Hall of Fame, to be inducted in October at the Fireman’s Hall in Lincoln, Neb., is set to include one Chuck Bosselman, second-generation owner of the famous Bosselman Truck Plaza in Grand Island, Neb., at I-80 and Highway 281, and later related businesses. Bosselman, who passed away earlier this year after a battle with cancer, got the racing bug in the late-1960s, starting with a 1955 Chevy and ...

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National Registry rule finalized

Health-care professionals who perform medical examinations for interstate truck drivers must be DOT-certified.

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Operators pitch in to foil suicide attempt, take two

It was truckers to the rescue again Monday in Minneapolis as a suicidal man stood poised to jump, hanging onto nothing more than the outside of a chain-link fence at the edge of a 25-foot-high bridge over I-94. A trooper on the scene, Carl Hoffman, took a page from the Tuscaloosa, Ala., police's handbook and asked the operators of several tractor-dry van rigs that had been stuck in the traffic that backed up around the ...

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