Todd Dills

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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Bon voyage — a final word on leaving trucking

Thomas Dempsey's farewell to trucking "toward a more stable industry, one that young people will want to enter, and current drivers will choose to stay with, and be proud to do."

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Solidarity with the dispatcher, forces against CARB low-use exemption change

FirstFleet drivers band behind a dispatch/payroll office employee battling cancer. Forces at work against CARB's low-use mileage boost?

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Fuel-island etiquette: What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Wendy Parker struck a nerve with her "Short fuses at the fuel island" blog post. It dealt with commonly expressed aggravation with long waits as some drivers use the island for things other than fueling.

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Poll: Chief attraction of maintaining your own operating authority?

Is it that control over all aspects of the business yields greater cost-saving opportunities, better income (particularly with direct customers), or something else? Tell us what you think here.

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Best Christmas song ever?

The potentials are many, from "I'll be home for Christmas" to "You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch" -- tell us yours toward building a top 10 list to put up for a vote this season. . .

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A bone to the industry from an agency in the doghouse

Boosting the low-use mileage exemption just won't be enough for some operators with CARB-noncompliant engines. For others, it doesn't change their thoughts on the agency's emissions regs.

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