Todd Dills

Is there a ‘war on trucking’ afoot?

Such was the question Michael Regan, board member of the National Industrial Transportation League (NIT is primarily a shippers' group), aimed to answer in his piece in Logistics Management magazine. There, he detailed a recent conference call about the state of freight transportation with logistics professionals. Is there a war? he was asked on that call.His answer is yes. "Beyond record low freight volumes," Regan wrote, "trucking companies are looking at potential legislation and federal ...

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Revamped ‘Overdrive’ website launches with new interactive features

Check out the new online look for emOverdrive/em at a href="http://www.overdriveonline.com/"http://www.overdriveonline.com//a. In addition to the trucking news and print features you've found for years via the mag and its portion of the homesite img style="MARGIN: 0px 10px 10px 0px; WIDTH: 320px; FLOAT: left; HEIGHT: 76px; CURSOR: hand" id="BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5410387880749188450" border="0" alt="" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_ez6JTnOl_tQ/SxWPHLEiRWI/AAAAAAAAAek/XezBC16evFk/s320/overdrive_logo.jpg" /at a href="http://etrucker.com/"eTrucker.com/a, as well as features, news and multimedia from associated blogs (like this one) and publications (like a href="http://customrigsmag.com/"Custom Rigs/a), you'll also ...

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‘Going Wrong’? — what Sarah Palin’s autobiography has to do with you

Not much, really, unless you happen to be reading it and enjoying its critique of media lassitude and political bias, with the exception of a mention of VHF radios and conversations with truckers held from Palin's Alaskan back porch. The mention of truckers comes via Craig Medred, who offered this critique of Palin's "Going Rouge" autobiography. The critique takes the form of a fact-checker's list of errors. He found a mention of conversations held on ...

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Songwriter Larry Morris drives big trucks to Nashville

Campbell, Mo.-based trucker Larry Morris (pictured), who drives for small fleet Double G Trucking, is also a songwriter, and his crowning achievement in that arena is now available -- "Cotton Fields to Nashville" is the name of the tune, which you can hear here: http://www.cottonfields2nashville.com/>. I wrote about him in the December issue of Truckers News, which you probably haven't seen yet in the racks at the truckstops; it's available now in a digital edition ...

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NPR correspondent gets "worst roads" lesson from owner-operator

Yesterday on National Public Radio's banner afternoon news program, All Things Considered, correspondent Ina Jaffe detailed her ridealong with one Randy Park, who drives for Apex Logistics. They ran down a stretch I-10 in California that Overdrive readers last year named among the worst in the country, singling out the state for No. 4 in our annual survey for Worst Roads in the country.Our owner-operator readers weren't off target, as usual. The Road Information Program, ...

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Texas trucker narrowly escapes the ultimate disaster

I may have spoken too soon, Friday, when I made reference to one Brazilian truck accident as one of the most bizarre of truck crash results ever photographed. A Nov. 12 story in Wyoming's Powell Tribune newspaper included a picture equally terrifyingwe-inspiring. The piece told the story of Texas-based hauler Otis Hall, whose wrong turn led him on a harrowing journey up and over the Big Horn mountains on US-14A; his brakes failed on the ...

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Bridges and trucks colliding, around the world

This scene at this link might take the prize for most bizarre of truck accidents, at least those photographed for posterity. Thankfully, looks like the driver was rescued. It's a scene on a Brazilian bridge sent my way from photographer Igor Alecsander (he didn't take the accident pictures), whose acquaintance I made while researching part of Truckers News December feature on "Trucking Around the Globe," now available key=" page="here. (For more-close-to-home news about those ...

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Are you a ‘small-time pirate’ in the trucking landscape?

According to the left-leaning mag ema href="http://inthesetimes.com/"In These Times/a/em, the potential for hours-of-service changes by the Obama administration's FMCSA don't matter to small-business truck owner-operators because they "compete like pirates, cutting their rates while hoping to snare some business. The lower their rates go, the longer they drive and more likely they are to turn their driving logs into dream books."br /br /The full story is a href="http://inthesetimes.com/working/entry/5188/driving_their_lives_away/"here/a, and among the other fouls this piece ...

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Do you have Zonkatude? New novel by trucker chronicles band’s 40-year career

Jim Funkhouser, aka J. Gale Morrison, has been a truck driver "for 22 years," he says. "I am thinking about making a career out of it!"All the same, via the website thezonks.com, he's begun to market his first novel, We Were the Zonks, about the career of a lately reunited band, first active in the 1960s. Described as the "'60s come back to life," the Zonks might be the only fictitious band to have a ...

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Trucking stars on the rise through running — and talking

In October, Truckers News Editor Randy Grider wrote about the extraordinary saga of one Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, a 16-year-old Olympic-caliber runner who began a cross-country run Sept. 1 to bring awareness to the difficulty many truck drivers experience in obtaining proper health care. This month, she was a guest on boat hauler and internet-radio host Daniel Audet's Truckstar Radio call-in show, running most nights from 8 EST (for live-listen link click here). "As the story ...

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