Todd Dills

ELD mandate: Independents’ final straw?

| April 17, 2014

An Overdrive survey shows between 50 and 70 percent of respondents threatening to exit the industry over the electronic-log mandate -- the highest percentages are among independents/small fleets.

KeepTruckin plans to offer free ELD to its pre-mandate e-logbook users

| April 16, 2014

That is, should the mandate take effect. With FMCSA hoping for a 2016 compliance date, KeepTruckin says it's developing the hardware to satisfy the ELD mandate now.

POLL: Should truck size/weight limits be changed?

| April 16, 2014

With federal attention to tractor-trailer size and weight and some groups lobbying for increases, tell us what you think in general and specific terms about where weight needs to go -- or remain -- in ...

Melvin Davis’ new ‘Hillbilly Hilton’ fresh out of the body shopImage Gallery

| April 16, 2014

The 2000 Freightliner Classic's 163-inch custom-built sleeper now comes equipped with a full-size shower and bed, easy chair, table, a full closet and a kitchen counter with a sink, refrigerator, microwave and cook stove.

Ice climber scales cow trailer, film at 11Image Gallery

| April 14, 2014

A few outtakes from the April Overdrive cover shoot with owner-operator Matt Hopkins.

Tied to a cause: Owner-operator takes Truckers Against Trafficking up the mountainImage Gallery

| April 14, 2014

Part 2 in this feature: With support growing for Truckers Against Trafficking from the community of drivers, owner-operator Matt Hopkins, inspired by a cyclist friend to tie his planned climb of Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina ...

Christopher Vallee builds a caboverImage Gallery

| April 12, 2014

Photos of a work in progress from the Alaska-based seasonal hauler and custom model truck builder: Plus more vintage 1970s Overdrive magazines, collected...

Tied to a cause: Driver support grows for Truckers Against Trafficking

| April 11, 2014

One of them, owner-operator Matt Hopkins, took his support for the organization to new heights with his early-2014 benefit climb of Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His 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.

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