Todd Dills

Anne Ferro conferences on issues with owner-operators

Run-down of the Wednesday, June 20, 2012 call hosted by the Trucking Solutions Group with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro on critical industry issues. Find a summation of some of the major points with a link to the entire recorded call.

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Modest proposal: Ban all motorized transport already!

Buddy Wenners' December 2011 modest proposal for the Department of Transportation to dispense with all the rigmarole and "ban truck driving" -- penned in response to news of the handheld cell ban and otherwise the blizzard of new regs coming down the pike -- yesterday got some kudos from commenter Zach Bell. It'd be exciting, wrote Bell, to see "which make of horse and wagon takes the Ford F150 pickup truck’s spot as the no. 1 ...

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Like pork rinds? Contest for year’s supply begins 7/1

Starting July 1, you'll have a chance to win a years' supply of pork rinds (and $1,500) from Rudolph Foods by sharing a video filling in the following blank: "Three things I always have in my truck: a bag of pork rinds, a roll of Duck Tape and ____________.” The Rudolph company will be collecting responses and posting the best August 1 to its Facebook page toward determining a winner to be announced during National Truck ...

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Open call with Anne Ferro

The folks at the Trucking Solutions Group -- including members we've written about on the blog, from owner-operators Rick Ash and Bob and Linda Caffee to Henry Albert -- are hosting an open conference call with FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro today at 3 p.m. EDT today. Call-in details you can find here, and I'll include them in this post as well below. If you have questions for the administrator, please email them ASAP to Ash at ...

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LETTER: Kudos, more maintenance please!

I just wanted to take a moment to let you know how much I appreciate everyone and everything they do at Overdrive. I can't tell you how much I enjoy getting your magazine in the mail each month. My wife has learned over the years that every time I come home to a new issue she can expect to be by herself again for the next couple of hours while I pour over each and ...

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National Seating sweepstakes: Do you need a new seat?

If so, here's your chance to get one free of charge. Get on over to this website, which is offering owner-operators the chance to win a brand-new premium National Commodore seat (pictured) by sharing a shot of your current seat and any anecdotes detailing what you like about it and what could make you like it a whole lot more. The contest is ongoing as of June 1, and a monthly winner will be selected.

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Onboard recorder integrates with Google Earth

The PeopleNet company announced two weeks back that it had integrated some of the onboard data-recording capabilities of its EOBR units with Google Earth in order to provide back-office staff a bird's eye, 3-D-type view of critical events. Check out the picture here, which appears to show acceleration/braking on a right-hand curve. “In direct response to demand, we’ve given customers a ground level view that lets them “drive” the Onboard Event Recording event from point to ...

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Farm to market in style — Bill Blankenship’s 1978 W900A

Bill Blankenship, who with his son, Jerry, runs the McMinnville-based Blankenship Farms & Nursery business, found this member of the 1978 class of Kenworth's long-running W900 model eight years ago, buying it to haul the products of his business. Today, after a long restore-and-rebuild process, he hauls trees to customers week-in, week-out -- "32 trips this year," he says. It's something of a miracle that had the truck sitting pretty out among the show and antique ...

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Crossville classic — Bill Bradford’s FL 9664T

I'm out at the Crossville, Tenn., truck show of the Music City Chapter of the American Truck Historical Society, where things are just getting under way. Bill Bradford, semi-retired owner of a business selling Land Rover parts in South Pittsburg, Tenn. (between Monteagle and Chattanooga), is here with this sweet long-wheelbase (relatively) 1978 Freightliner cabover, powered by a 400 Cummins, 13-speed transmission (see below). He bought it several months ago from an owner based in Grain ...

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Vegas trucking tweets and Music City peeps

The Great West Truck Show gets going today out in Las Vegas, running through Saturday with vendor exhibits, the Custom Rigs Pride & Polish competition, CCJ's Fleet Executive Conference (under way as of yesterday -- some news here from the first panel on challenges and opportunities trucking the rarefied California environment of late) and more. Follow Overdrive's Twitter feed @OverdriveUpdate -- and our Facebook page -- for views from the show. Associate Editor James Jaillet, among others, is on the scene and has shared ...

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