Todd Dills

Trucker Weather Watch storm spotters want you

Former long-hauler and current Traffic Control Supervisor/Driver for Stripe Rite, based near Seattle, Sean Kiaer in April 2006 was a front-line witness to the formation of a tornado in Tennessee. He called 911 from the cab at the time to report the storm, which was headed directly for the town of Newbern, Tenn., but realized his own and the 911 operator's limitations in getting information about the tornado out to the people who needed it most, ...

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Truckercising through the years with FedEx Freight driver Joe Martin

It's been a long time since I was introduced to driver Joe Martin (pictured, with Ice "Road Trucker" Alex Debogorski), creator of the Truckercise DVD. My colleague at Truckers News Carolyn Magner wrote about Martin in 2008 as part of a series of health profiles that year. Martin produced the DVD based on exercises he'd been doing in the cab "for 22 years," he says today, "and it works." Then as now, the exercise regime detailed ...

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Utility plant back in action after Va. tornado

You'll no doubt recall the Petro Stopping Centers location in Glade Spring, Va., that was hit by a tornado during the big outbreak back in late April. (Find information about it in my post from April 28, in the comments section.) Less-remarked-upon in driver forums and the trucking press was another industry-related business also hit there. Utility Trailer's Glade Spring plant was in the storm's path, and it left many trailers in production there unrepairable, plant ...

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Unity diaries: Jason’s Law lives

It's been more than two years since New York trucker Jason Rivenburg was slain in South Carolina after being held up while parked at an abandoned commercial property. It's also been two years since House member Paul Tonko (D-N.Y.) introduced the bill named for Rivenburg, "Jason's Law," to provide boosted funding for states to expand secure truck parking along freight corridors. As time drags on, oftentimes comparatively small initiatives tend to vanish from the memories of ...

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‘The center cannot hold’ — FMCSA’s hours quandary

There is a growing feeling among industry watchers that in order to fully settle the decidedly unsettled regulatory situation surrounding the hours of service, Congress is going to have to legislate a solution. That sentiment has come to me from industry executives, consultants, former regulatory types and, in some senses, drivers. Comments from owner-operators and others to the federal docket for the proposed hours changes have reflected a common feeling that the proposal, with its mandated ...

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Ferro on detention: ‘Shippers should be held accountable.’

If you missed the open call the Trucking Solutions Group's member owner-operators held with FMCSA administrator Anne Ferro last week, you missed a lot. The wide-ranging conversation ran the gamut of topics from cross-border trucking to hours and detention concerns. About the last of which, it was heartening to hear, Ferro noted that she in essence agreed with the concerns of the TSG -- and so many drivers around the nation. “I agree with you that ...

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Channel 19 Monday: Fallen log hauler gets send-off; Court to Tiger Truckstop: ‘Set Tony free’

Last ride for Maine log hauler 'Mackie,' R.I.P. The Central Maine Morning-Sentinel news site reported late last week on the Skowhegan memorial-service convoy that was reportedly "one last ride" for area log-hauler Maxell C. "Mackie" Moore. Around 20 trucks joined the ride, including Mackie's own, piloted by Tim Clements, best friend to Moore's youngest son, Matt, who now operates the rig he and his father bought together. For a pic from the convoy, as well ...

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Mack in Hagerstown, Jacobs share 50 years with Overdrive

Mack Celebrates 50 years of Hagerstown powertrain assembly In a ceremony Wednesday at the plant in Hagerstown, Md., where its powertrain components have been assembled since 1961, Mack Trucks paid tribute to the past, celebrated the present and cast a positive eye to the future, just as we've been doing (well, mostly my colleague Lucinda Coulter) here at Overdrive as we celebrate our 50th anniversary over at http://www.overdriveretro.com/. In 1959, looking for a modern alternative to its existing ...

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Analyst: Blame Fed’s liquidity flood for high oil/diesel

The good news is that skyrocketing oil prices, like slasher movies, are truly frightening only the first time you watch one. They get less scary with repetition. But being less scary doesn't change the basic facts. Markets need both hedgers and speculators to function properly. When they lose balance, they no longer function according to true supply and demand. --journalist Ed Wallace, writing in Bloomberg Businessweek Up, up, up... Excessive speculation is taken as a given ...

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Open call Wed. with Anne Ferro hosted by Trucking Solutions Group

Rick Ash, chairman of the driver/owner-operator-led Trucking Solutions Group -- with members ranging from such Channel 19 familiar faces Jeff Clark (Truckers News Marathon Trucker columnist), Henry Albert (Overdrive's 2007 Trucker of the Year) and Linda Caffee (team expedited hauler with her husband, Bob) -- reports the TSG will host a call tomorrow, Wed., May 4, at 3 p.m. Eastern with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro. TSG has been meeting via conference call to discuss various trucking ...

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