Todd Dills

Over the canyon rim — a grand, prize-winning truck driver’s photo — and more

This stunning view off the U.S. 89 bridge over the Colorado River near Page, Ariz., was shot by Gordon Trucking company driver Ron Nikirk, based in Oakland, Ore. Gordon becomes our fifth winner since we launched the contests in July via The Photographer: Truckers News Photo Group on Flickr.com, a development that followed nearly three years of slow build in group membership. Membership levels continue to rise, thanks to your interest in the contests and ...

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Rotella SuperRigs calendar now available…

On the cover of the annual Shell Rotella SuperRigs calendar this year is the custom 2007 Kenworth W900L of Myerstown, Pa.-based Scott Diller. Featured also on the December 2011 page in the calendar, Diller's clearly going for an old-school '70s hot-rod look with the truck's mods, which include 34-inch quarter fenders and smooth side panels. The photo's tranquil setting is Mateer Bridge in Rockbridge County, Va., where the 12 trucks were photographed after Shell held ...

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Company to offer CSA 2010 driver scorecards

Vigillo will offer all drivers in their system access to their own scorecard free of charge.

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Company to offer CSA 2010 driver scorecards

Vigillo will offer all drivers in their system access to their own scorecard free of charge.

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Retired long-haulers make folk-art metalwork strides

Long Neck, Del.-based Judy and Lou Hagen, according to the latest in the Delaware Cape Gazette's "Saltwater Portraits" series of profiles of community residents, came to their current metalwork artistry while running long-haul through Georgia in 1999. They saw "a piece of crude metal art," writes reporter Ron MacArthur. "We came home and did some Christmas pieces,” Judy (pictured, photo by MacArthur) told the reporter, which birthed "2nd Time Designs," as their operation on Route 24 ...

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Street-sign replacement program put on hold for 45-day comment period

Federally mandated changes to the design of local/state governments' corner road signs -- requiring mixed capital/lower-case type treatment with more reflective lettering, in effect a complete overhaul of existing signs the nation over by 2018 -- have been in the spotlight over the last couple days as a prime example of a wasteful culture in action. "The federal government says THIS is harder to read than This," ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl wrote yesterday. "Got that?  ...

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Combating cargo theft: An interview with Schneider security director Walt Fountain

When I visited Schneider National’s Green Bay, Wis., headquarters in June for the carrier’s 75th-anniversary celebration, I got an up-close look at one of many efforts the company’s put in place over the years to enhance the security of its customers’ cargo in transit and at each of its 15 domestic facilities. Gate-security ground zero in Wisconsin allows 24-hour surveillance monitors to keep tabs on the comings and goings at 15 yards around the country. ...

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Lisa Kelly to make appearance at bowl game Dec. 18

Whether you're getting opportunity to spend some relaxing time today with family around a dinner table, with friends at a football game, or you're out on the road, here's wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from myself and the folks at Overdrive and Truckers News. Speaking of football, keep the uDrove Humanitarian Bowl on your radar if you live in or run the Northwest. The folks with trucking smartphone-app-enabled services provider uDrove announced recently that ...

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Save $10 on CSA 2010

How to request your Pre-Employment Screening Program data from FMCSA without paying the PSP contractor. Visit http://fmcsa.dot.gov/foia Make your request in writing and include your name, address, and a telephone number via the snail mail address noted on the above web page or via fax at (202) 385-2335 or email at foia@fmcsa.dot.gov. Be certain to... *Specify that you are looking for data ...

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‘Bird Business’ with owner-operator Larry Leckrone

32: The percentage of truckers who said in a recent poll that they would choose a carrier based on its ridealong pet policy. The number tracks closely to the 42 percent of haulers who said they did in fact run with a pet of some kind in the truck -- computed as part of Truckers News' research into its most recent, December cover story. Among that group is owner-operator Larry Leckrone, of Colville, Wash. His antique ...

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