Todd Dills

Slowing down for your fellow driver

A tragic accident at a loading area ended the life of a driver opening his trailer doors last week -- yielding some seeming, but not always so, self-evident wisdom. And: More voices on over-the-road peeves...

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Podcast: CARB compliance flexibility, or lack thereof, not set in stone

In the first of two podcasts on CARB's 11th-hour flexibility maneuvering, Joe Rajkovacz of the CCTA urged operators around the nation to get involved in the process, as potential new compliance options aren't yet set in stone.

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Trip-planning / service locator app bags prize; hours hearing vid

Another play in the trucking smartphone-apps landscape, with a robust trip-planning function; and full video of this week's House Small Business Committee's hours of service hearing.

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Hot buttons poll: What’s your view on the filibuster rule change?

On November 21, 2013, reacting to Republicans' continued blocking of votes on federal appeals court nominations, Senate Democrats exercised the "nuclear option" on filibuster rules; what's your view of the move?

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Van rates holding, spot-market demand rising

Good news in all segments nationally is that load-to-truck ratios were up significantly in the past week.

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Hauling the Capitol Christmas tree with driver Duane Brusseau

We caught up with lead driver Brusseau at the tree's stop in Nashville -- find a brief video, photos of the rig and further reporting here.

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Increased federal weight limits: Voices against

Cary Goodman, Dan Gerster weigh in -- no pun intended -- on the notion of increasing federal weight limits to 97,000 lbs. with the addition of a third trailer axle. What do you think?

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Owner-operator takes active role in educating tomorrow’s four-wheeler

Meet Todd Modderman, independent owner-operator who today collaborates in his spare time with the B.R.A.K.E.S. program of young driver education, utilizing his Peterbilt 379.

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Drivers need more professional discretion: Voices on the hours changes

In this Voices-series podcast, operators weigh in further on the hours changes as a House subcommittee hearing looms Nov. 21. Call 530-40-VOICE, 530-408-6423, to weigh on these and other issues.

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Obamacare marriage penalty? ACA discussion online Thurs.; Remembering a mentor

How Obamacare can incentive divorce; and one owner-operator honors another on his death following illness.

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