Todd Dills

The first time I heard the phrase ‘driver shortage’ …

Tracking back to the origins of our February cover story questioning what might be the trucking industry's most unquestioned assumption: the driver shortage.

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Driver shortage: Readers weigh in

What's your view? Respondents to recent polling expressed widely different views about a driver shortage. About half of readers consider it real, while the other half view it as myth or primarily a function of other forces.

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The driver shortage alarm

The disconnect between the money and the mantra: As trucking has trumpeted a driver shortage over most of the last 10 years driver pay hasn’t risen in a way that would reflect such a strong labor demand.

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Current state of firearm-carry laws for interstate haulers

The complicated answer to a perennial question: "Are CDL drivers (that hold a concealed carry permit) allowed to carry a pistol?"

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CARB exemption, Obamacare deadlines this weekend

Heads-up on two fast-approaching deadlines Jan. 31: 1) Final day to register with and report to the California Air Resource Board for its 1,000-mile low-use exemption. 2) Sunday mark's the end of this year's Obamacare exchange open enrollment.

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UPDATED: Music to truck by: Overdrive’s curated playlist

Updates to our playlist of music from emerging talents among truckers, great driving music, live tracks, podcast interviews with established artists and more.

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Creative uses for the Reader Rigs gallery: Poetry

Reader Richard King this week posted what might be the first bit of poetry to grace the halls of Overdrive's Reader Rigs photo gallery: Find his "Harvest Man" here.

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The winter blues: This week’s spot freight, rates update

Demand fell nationally for vans, but it's likely to heat up with better weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions this week as the area digs out from under 2 to 3 feet of snow. ...

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Reader: Do I need to comply with California meal and rest break rules?

Short answer: California's meal and rest break provisions are seeing some litigation after court precedent. Some employers in a defensive posture are requiring the breaks of their drivers, adding complexity on top of an already complex federal hours reg.

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: How will carriers leasing owner-operators treat it?

Answers here from respondents to a recent carrier survey conducted by CCJ. And: Reader Gary Carlisle's thoughts on the limited potential for the ELD mandate to impact rates for the positive.

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