Todd Dills

Remembering a husband and hero

According to this account by Dalene Davies-Smoot, Bob Smoot's widow, Smoot, gunned down at work as a small fleet operator, was a true driver's friend and advocate. "Next to his family, Bob loved his drivers and the industry."

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How are CARB rules affecting your business?

With 1996-2004 model-year engines current under DPF retrofit or upgrade requirements and 2005-06 engines coming under the fun in January, this poll looks at owner-operators' current California strategy.

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Lumper fees: Sometimes a little push-back works

Readers respond to Wendy Parker's "To lump or not to lump..." story about the lumper fees common at grocery distributors -- if carriers aren't being compensated for fees by shipper or receiver, then U.S. law has been violated.

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‘Stealth plane’ haul to Area 51, now declassified

The declassified story of how the Archangel-12 prototype stealth reconnaissance aircraft -- model for the later SR-17 Blackbird -- was hauled to Area 51 from California for testing.

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Missing Truck Driver Alert Network finds helpful fleet partner

When Kari and Lee Fisher joined the Lightning Logistics fleet, they found no small measure of support from fleet co-owner Joe Hammerslough and others there.

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Retrofit-DPF sales to satisfy California regulations lag

The total number of verified DPFs sold by companies for diesels operating in California in the first half of 2013 was 3,508 and includes both passive and active DPFs.

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VIDEOS, PICS: Western Stars at N.Y. truck pull

Ralph Dineen Jr. and son came out on top of the competitive truck pull at the Broome County Fair in Whitney Point, N.Y. Vids and a gallery of photos of their run here.

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More off/on-duty discussion

Debate continues over loading/unloading situations and what exactly consitutes "off-duty" time under the new hours rule.

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New load profitability planner

123Loadboard.com launched a load planning function that takes into consideration driving time, deadhead mileage, fuel and toll costs toward a goal of stringing together hauls for maximum profitability. The "Load Planner" reduces the time required to locate a sequence of the highest potential paying loads to plan a trip without having to perform countless load searches. “The Load Planner automatically sorts trips based on profitability," said A.J. Sansoye, company operations director. "This ensures that you will always work with ...

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Demand rising for spot market flat freight

Rates reversed a downward trend in late July due primraily to growing volume in flatbed freight, DAT reported.

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