Todd Dills

Pre-employment screening in the CSA 2010 era

It's not all about DAC anymore. With CSA 2010 carrier scores in six of the seven violation categories in CSA 2010 set to go public beginning in December, carrier attention to inspection reports has ramped up to a high level -- for drivers, a primary piece of the regulatory puzzle in all of this is the somewhat new Pre-employment Screening Program, mandated by Congress years ago, which gives carriers access with applicant consent to a ...

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A coffee for St. Christopher

What says trucking more than a good cup of coffee? Though I haven't done much coffee-related reporting since the March 2008 Truckers News story probing haulers' coffee preferences, I suspect that with the turmoil we've all seen in the economy since that time, the 16 percent of drivers reporting they made their own brew on the road have been joined by many others today. This morning, I thought you'd appreciate, I myself had a few ...

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A driver so good the shipper gave him his own desk

Talk about burying the lead: The Osakis Review, a paper published from Osakis, Minn., ran a great profile of resident Larry Herzog (pictured, by Greta Petrich), who runs beef destined for McDonald's customers' stomachs for carrier Hensley Trucking, also of Osakis. In the profile, Herzog spends due time stressing the difficulties he faces daily in unscrupulous motorists, congestion headaches, parking problems and more. But writer Greta Petrich put perhaps the most interesting piece of the ...

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Say ____ to electronic logs

Outside of leased owner-operators reacting to strong encouragement, for lack of a better phrase, from their lessor fleets, I've yet to actually speak to an owner-operator who's voluntarily adopted an electronic logging platform that conforms to the federal definition of an EOBR, i.e. essentially an electronic logging system that is tethered to the engine's electronic control module. Not to say he/she doesn't exist (if you qualify: be in touch), of course, but when manufacturers of ...

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Still ‘dressed for success’ — Henry Albert’s opening salvo at GATS PIB

Overdrive 2007 Trucker of the Year, independent owner-operator Henry Albert (pictured, right, with our current Trucker of the Year, Mike Crawford), delivered an opening salvo at Overdrive’s Partners in Business seminar Friday, Aug. 27, at the Great American Trucking Show in an address that elucidated the effects of a very-small adjustment in his  business that, Albert said, led to “increased business, new customers” and big revenue, generally, for his Albert Transport business. But, perhaps most ...

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Dangerous roads — for animals — cataloged in California, Maine

The last time Truckers News addressed the subject of dangerous roads, you might forgive us for having focused on the obvious, the treacherous mountain passes, cold and snowy winter roads and congested urban centers that make the job of the nation's truck drivers a sometimes harrowing adventure. Researchers and other users of  the California and Maine Roadkill Observation Systems, though, are pinpointing the most dangerous roads for, as their organizations' titles suggests, animals. The main ...

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Having the cake and rolling it too

You may remember our reporting on the "Biggest tractor-trailer cake in the world" on the occasion of Iowa 80 Truckstop's Walcott Truckers Jamboree's big anniversary more than a year ago now -- the confection, an 8-foot-long creation, still probably holds the title, but we've gotten word via the Birmingham News of another (pictured, by the Bham News' Michelle Campbell), a three-foot McLeod Software unit made on the occasion of the transportation-management software firm's 25th anniversary ...

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One week left in Sept. Truckers News photo contest

The contest asks for pictures of "Truckstop scenes," such as this night shot I took in the early a.m. Wednesday, at a Georgia Pilot on the way back from Atlanta with Western Express driver Derek Dorsey. The prize, in addition to publication in Truckers News, will be something of a "field guide" to the basics of shooting, by Bryan Peterson, founder of the Perfect Picture School of Photography, www.ppsop.com. It's "Understanding Photography Field Guide: How to ...

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Former Arrow Trucking driver advocate Donna Creekmore needs your help

At the collapse of her employer, Arrow Trucking, just days prior to Christmas in 2009, she was there when stranded drivers the nation over needed her help getting home -- Arrow driver advocate "Momma" Donna Creekmore was up for much of four days straight in those heady times, though her own troubles were beginning as well. Creekmore, in addition to being rather high-profile among industry watchers for her efforts, was in the Tulsa news at ...

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The case against locking the trailer; Sioux City salute

Cargo theft is on the rise, we report this month in Truckers News, and truckers using rear adjustable bar locks on their vans may be an ever-more-frequent reality. But for every argument there's an at least somewhat valid counterargument, and one hauler's unfortunate truck fire on I-70 in Indiana near Terre Haute points to the, at least occasional, potential beauty of the convenience of an unlocked trailer. WTHI television in Terre Haute reported Friday when one ...

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