Freight on your smartphone: TransCore app on the way

| April 26, 2011

Coming in just a couple weeks is the My DAT Truck Stop app (pictured) from freight matching service provider TransCore, operator of the oldest load-board service out there in the DAT boards. My DAT will ...

The great tomato heist — Cargo thieves still operating in plain sight

| April 25, 2011

I missed this report from the New York Times a week and a half back, about a sophisticated cargo-theft ring operating a seemingly legitimate trucking company in Florida, with a twist. The freight targeted wasn't ...

EOBRs controversy over the national airwaves missing extant/emerging solutions

| April 22, 2011

Wednesday, National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" program ran this piece on the issue of the proposed federal mandate for electronic on-board recorder use for hours-of-service monitoring. If it goes into effect, virtually all interstate haulers ...

Waste-haul fleet — and more — featured in latest ‘Severe Service’ Overdrive supplement

| April 20, 2011

Bridgeport, Conn.-based Enviro Express, providing solid waste collection, transfer and recycling services for several area municipalities, is in the process of converting most of its fleet of tractors to liquefied natural gas (LNG) power with ...

Truckster app ‘by and for drivers’

| April 19, 2011

From the Maine Morning Sentinel newspaper comes news of the former hauler, 42-year-old Leigh Gagnon, who created and launched in 2009 the Truckster app for the iPhone and Android phones. Available for $3.99 in the ...

TA Petro: ‘For drivers by design’

| April 18, 2011

Last week when I wrote about my brief meet-up with expediters Phil and Diane Madsen, I mentioned the pair's assessment of updated showers at TravelCenters of American locations systemwide, with particularly high marks for the ...

Rhetoric on Tony the Truckstop Tiger boils over into truckstop villification

| April 15, 2011

It's been a little while since I checked in on the efforts by animal-rights activists and others -- including a large coterie of truck drivers -- to force owners of the Tiger Truck Stop in ...

‘Something new every day’: Meeting Phil and Diane Madsen

| April 14, 2011

Phil and Diane Madsen haul expedited in this 2006 Volvo with 132-inch ARI sleeper and 16-foot box. Over the past several years, I've called on the pair several different times for perspective on all manner ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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