Todd Dills

No Doubt behind the big-rig wheel with ‘Settle Down’

Band No Doubt's first single release in a decade comes with a video featuring the crew rendezvousing for a reunion party behind the wheels of big rigs.

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New book series for the kids: ‘Grandpa and the Truck’

Former independent household goods hauler's wife Colleen Kelly Mellor's new series of "Grandpa and the Truck" children's books blends trucking respect with educational needs.

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ATTN brokers: Poll on broker bond being circulated

The Association of Independent Property Brokers and Agents is circulating a poll on LinkedIn meat to probe thoughts of current members of the Transportation Intermediaries Association on the highway bill measure to increase the minimum broker surety bond requirement to $75,000. We reported on the measure as it was in conference between House and Senate and set to raise the bond to $100,000, an amount both the TIA and Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association favored. The AIPBA ...

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Paccar MX tough-tested with Louisville aggregate hauler

Keith Redden’s retirement dream was to start a trucking firm. “I said if I owned six trucks, I could make a living,” he says. After a start in 2003 with three used Kenworths from a home base in Floyd’s Knob, Ind., across the Ohio River from Louisville, his K Redden Trucking business is up to a total 24 power units at present, “and I enjoy it more every day,” he adds. In 2005, he began purchasing ...

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Speaking urinal cakes: Next step in hours enforcement?

Is it fair to call the Department of Transportation's approach to hours enforcement a bit heavy-handed of late, what with FMCSA's (not to mention Congress') pursuit of an EOBR mandate, flexibility-reducing hours changes and the like? Here's hoping they don't resort to the tactics some Michigan establishments, at the behest of the State Police, deployed in advance of the July 4 holiday. According to this story by Tom Greenwood in the Detroit News, the pictured urinal ...

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Landry questions White House integrity on EOBRs

In a hearing before the Small Business Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives earlier this week whose title was a markedly direct question -- "Is FMCSA's CSA program driving small businesses off the road?" -- Republican Rep. Jeff Landry of Louisiana took the opportunity during questioning of FMCSA Deputy Administrator Bill Bronrott to question the administration's good intentions on electronic on-board recorders. Rep. Landry of course is one half of the primary sponsoring pair behind ...

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Cell-phone jamming technology in your cab?

Much has been made of the inability and/or difficulty of state enforcement of the Department of Transportation's nationwide ban on handheld cellphone use behind the wheel. Last I've written about it you can find here and here. In the story at the former of those links, reader Martin GrosecIose put forward the notion that combating distraction among the general public on the roadways was getting to the point where it's just too little too late ...

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Union campaign to boost inspection dollars tars truckers

Can you imagine your state's government employees resorting to something like this? The image here is of a billboard, among other similar ads that are part of a campaign being waged by British Columbia, Canada's weigh-station inspection force for more funding, attempting to exploit the general public's supposed fear of Class 8 on-highway trucks. The Canadian Today's Trucking publication has a great story about the effort, spearheaded by the B.C. Government and Employees Union -- and North ...

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VID: Police chase ruins a container hauler’s day

Yesterday I suspect had to be the worst day in memory for the container hauler you see in the video below. A police chase of a suspected child molester in Los Angeles began when the suspect told police he was suicidal and sped away from their attempt to arrest him. Performing a maneuver to stop him shortly afterward, police spun his pickup into the rig. Here's hoping L.A. County picks up the tab on the damage ...

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Does the EOBR mandate have another problem?

Some believe the electronic on-board recorder mandate written in this year's highway bill could well be impossible to achieve, given the legislation's language defining the electronic logging devices.

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