Todd Dills

Holloway Sisters, good music, nice truck, and a joke

Nice truck, don't you think? Drivers, meet the Holloway Sisters, Michelle (right) and Sondra, both of whom we met here next to Jimmy Jabo's custom 1953 Ford F100 on the grounds of Chilhowee Park in Knoxville, Tenn. at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show a couple weekends back. The sisters performed with their family band, Outta the Blue, headed up with mother and father Nancy and David (also pictured below), well before trucking troubadour Leland Martin took ...

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Penske Truck Rental/Logistics’ new driver

The folks at Penske Truck Rental and Penske Logistics have a new driver doing some hauling, so to speak, in their stable -- he might well be familiar to the IndyCar fans among you. None other than Helio Castroneves will wear the Penske Logistics/Truck Rental yellow for several races this season. Castroneves is in his 13th year with the Penske Racing organization, and off to a strong start this year, with a win and a top-five ...

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OOIDA on bond increase: Large brokers not the problem

I spoke to Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association Executive Vice President Todd Spencer about the broker minimum bond increase issue earlier this week. The conversation followed posts to the blog looking at opposition to the measure (to raise it from $10,000 to $100,000) from small brokerages and their advocates, who have been reaching out to owner-operators hoping for a little small-business camaraderie. They paint the bond-increase proposal as an attempt by large brokerages and the biggest ...

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Owner-operators sound off on recorders, harassment

FMCSA took two hours' worth of testimony at the CVSA meeting in Bellevue, Wash., Thursday.

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Association promotes bill favorable to contractor status

A bill favorable to independent contractor status for leased owner-operators in trucking is being advocated by the Messenger Courier Association of America.

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Speak out today in EOBR session

If you've not taken the opportunity to tell the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration your thoughts on just how electronic onboard recorders for hours-of-service monitoring are or will be used in the industry, today is your day. For haulers shutting down in late afternoon on the East Coast, the opportunity is particularly good. The agency's listening session on EOBRs and harrassment is taking place live on the West Coast in conjunction with a meeting of law ...

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Heck of a farm truck: Custom 359 single-axle flatbed, with wide singles

Tom Crawford, owner and operator of the Farmer’s Market in Cashiers in far Western North Carolina, showed this custom-restored 1975 Peterbilt 359 flatbed daycab, outfitted with Michelin wide singles on the single axle rear end, at the Southeastern Regional Truck Show in Knoxville April 13 and 14. It was one among many I saw there that, well, I'd never seen anything quite like before. You? Before he began the custom restore on it, the unit, powered ...

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‘Shipping Wars’ hotshot reality TV show extended

The Shipping Wars reality TV show, launched earlier this year and featuring the work of several hotshot owner-operators competing for earnings by bidding on and moving freight from the uShip.com online marketplace, hasn't exactly lit up the trucking world with interest in the manner of, say, the Ice Road Truckers show at its height, but the same can't be said for the general public. The show's gotten an extension, uShip reports. "A&E has ordered 26 new episodes ...

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Sleep apnea reg recommendations: Comments closed?

If you've missed the news as yet, the recommendations put forward by the joint meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee and Medical Review Board to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration on sleep apnea entered a 30-day comment period late last week. Or did they? The agency sent out updates to various media following the Federal Register notice that stated the proposal to adopt the recommendations as official regulatory guidance was posted in ...

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New service space at Nebraska Pete dealer

The folks at South Dakota / Nebraska / Iowa-based four-dealer network Sioux City Truck Sales (pbtruck.com) shared this photo with us of construction, now completed, of a new nearly 7,400-square-foot addition to the Peterbilt of Norfolk (Nebraksa) building. Eight new service bays, with a wash bay and some additional parts storage space included, have been added to the east end of the building. They all opened for business this month at the dealership on U.S. Highway ...

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