Todd Dills

‘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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Ohio small fleet providing tornado relief

Buddy Allen of the 15-truck New Era Trucking fleet in North Ridgeville, Ohio, is calling on Northeast Ohio residents to help fill a 53-foot dry van's worth of non-perishable food, water and other goods to haul south to assist residents affected by last week's tornadoes. WKYC-TV News Channel 3 in Cleveland, Ohio, reported yesterday on Allen's effort, to which he'll dedicated a rig in his fleet and all associated transport costs. Click on the image ...

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A message from Randall-Reilly president

The below comes from Overdrive and Truckers News publisher Randall-Reilly's president and CEO Mike Reilly (pictured), a good man I've gotten to know over my years with the magazines. Thankfully, all Tuscaloosa- and other Southeast-based Randall-Reilly employees survived the storm. My thoughts continue to be with, as Mike well puts it, "many in our community and other areas of the Southeast have not been so fortunate." Reilly's message follows: A message to our Randall-Reilly friends: We ...

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Penske Logistics IndyCar debuts third; ‘Trucker bombs’ a misnomer, police say

Penske Logistics IndyCar debuts in third A Penske Logistics-sponsored IndyCar, driven by Ryan Briscoe, made a position 4 start and no. 3 finish yesterday in the Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300, presented by Nestle, on the exciting street track in the Brazilian capital. The new car's shown here undregoing "final preparations for shipment to Brazil at the world famous Penske Racing facility in Mooresville, N.C." Itaipava Sao Paulo was the debut race for the No. 6 Penske Logistics-branded ...

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Tornado caught on owner-operators’ webcam

Owner-operators Randy Moyano and Ann Burt (pictured) run in a 1998 Peterbilt pulling a Fontaine RGN with Superior stinger axle for heavy/overdimensional loads, leased to Greentree Transportation. I met the pair a week ago today in Lebanon, Tenn., where I took this picture. They were deadheading west then all the way to Oklahoma to pick up an oversize load that would take them back to North Carolina. By Wednesday morning this week, they were stopped ...

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