Todd Dills

Friday Channel 19 news round-up: Cross-border trucking; ‘driver shortage'; and the 1 on the 53 and the 99

Separate but not equal That separation could be diminishing when it comes to U.S. and Mexican tucking, now that a new pilot program for cross-border long haul is under way.  In the wake of the Oct. 21 border ceremony at Laredo, when the first Mexican truck crossed as part of the new cross-border pilot program, notes J.E. Dyer at the Hot Air Green Room website, the job-creation rhetoric so prominent in Washington these days has been revealed for ...

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New freight-finding Android app from ATS

A new freight matching app for owner-operators and other carriers comes by way of Anderson Trucking Service's brokerage wing, ATS Logistics. It didn't arrive in time for my cover story in the November edition of Truckers News, a survey of on-highway apps making life easier for drivers on the road today, so I'm sharing here. Similar to many of the other freight-finding apps detailed in the online supplement to the cover story, available here -- from ...

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New Trucker Buddy app for iPhone, Android

Pen-pal program Trucker Buddy announced it teamed up with uFollowit (developer of the software in the TripPak Mobile service) to develop a Trucker Buddy-branded smartphone application (for iPhone and Android) that allows drivers to take pictures and upload them to a secure site that Trucker Buddy teachers can access and share with students. It’s a “way to circumvent the time and cost of mailing something – it gives drivers and teachers a direct link to ...

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Money/budgeting apps

The free Chase Mobile app allows Chase account holders to snap a photo of a check with an iPhone or Android phone and deposit it directly. Log mileage and photos of receipts for purchases under $75 for tax record-keeping with the free Expensify app, available on most platforms. Create central space for tracking account balances and bill payment due dates with the Pageonce app, available on iPhone, Android and Windows Mobile platforms, as well as for laptop ...

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GPS navigation

Google Maps’ satellite view and Google Earth’s ability to realistically render the topography of most any location has been a boon to drivers scouting shipper facilities and parking. But for turn-by-turn directions, Earl Milroy, leased to C.R. England and based in Tempe, Ariz., relies on his Rand-McNally TND GPS unit on the dash, as do so many other operators. To get that satellite view in his pocket, Milroy’s been contemplating an upgrade from his Blackberry device, ...

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Finding freight

All the major load boards have apps with varying degrees of functionality. The first on the market, iGetLoaded (iPhone), enables mobile access for GetLoaded.com load-board users, with GPS-enabled and other load searches, access to broker credit ratings, rate indexing, one-touch calling for load details, PC Miler routing/mileage and more. An Android version of the app is being planned. ITS Trucker (Android, iPhone) allows access to the Internet Truckstop load board to search for freight using GPS ...

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Scenes of Chrome & Class

That's David Holbrook's 1986 Peterbilt 359, winner of both Working Bobtail and People's Choice awards in the second annual Chrome & Class Truck Show, held at the Rush Truck Center location in Smyrna, Tenn., on I-24 just southeast of Nashville. It was a much expanded show this year, with near double the number of entered show trucks and a lively crowd on Friday and Saturday. The show, launched as a way to thank customers of ...

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Get jiggy with your riggy and win $1,000

The website Jiggyjobs.com has a quirky contest ongoing in their "Get jiggy in your riggy" promotion. Potential entrants, be warned: it requires you to dance on a YouTube vid for the world to see. Check out the full rules at the end of the announcement company video below, and then to enter, post your 10-30-second vid as a response to the vid on its main YouTube page, here. Got chutzpah? No shame? Hey, your chances of ...

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The limits of social media: More drivers needed in Washington meeting rooms

The final moments of the panel discussion between attendees and presenters during the Truck Driver Social Media Convention in Tunica, Miss., Oct. 15, brought the point of the whole enterprise into inspired relief. Frederick Schaffner of TheAmericanDriver.com, whom you may be familiar with for his part in leading efforts with others to change the Virginia two-hour truck parking time limits at rest areas to a less-draconian overnight parking prohibition, questioned a statement panelist and attorney Paul ...

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A fine day for some trucking music, don’t you think?

A couple great vids to share today, folks. The first comes from an owner-operator born in 1934 who's been driving a truck for 63 years. "I've heard there’s two guys out here who are as old as I am, but they haven't been out here as long as I have," owner-operator/singer-songwriter R.C. Barnes (pictured) told me Tuesday. Today leased to G&W Hauling & Rigging out of Cleveland with a 1998 Kenworth T2000, he's also got a ...

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