Todd Dills

Owner-operator channels spirit of the season, pays it forward

Bob Ruckman of Charleston, S.C., will donate his truck and time to further an Ellicott City, Md., woman's goal of providing holiday assistance to needy families. As reported in the Howard County Times here, Andrea Ciniero has been conducting her donation drive since 1998, but this year encountered hurdles in funding for the drive that put the entire enterprise in jeopardy. "In the past," reported Mary T. Robbins, "she relied on United Parcel Service for a ...

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Elvis has left the trailer…

The Courthouse News Service reported earlier this week that an apparent dispute between two moving companies has led to the disappearance of a California woman's collection of valuable Elvis memorabilia from the trailer her valuables were loaded into for a move to Austin, Texas. After Beaumont Trucking, the company contracted to do the move, stored the locked trailer on the lot of Bowman Trucking, the story goes, Beamont discovered en route that the lock had ...

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The future of the inner-city courier business…

Need a workout to help accomplish that pesky New Year's Resolution peeking over the horizon? Yesterday, NPR's Morning Edition ran this story about the growth of interest in cargo bikes like the Bullitt S7 (pictured), which allow the human-powered haulers to transport up to 600 lbs. of cargo in a small package. All depending upon, of course, your ability to muscle it. They're geared, though, to make it easy, and their frames are designed ...

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Wedding air horns are sounding…

From the website of the British Evening Star daily come the pictures here, of Robert White (in the first one) and his bride Kathleen and her father, Bernard Martin -- and, of course, the on-highway tractors that served in lieu of a limo in the service. As Kathleen told the newspaper, "It was Rob's idea -- he absolutely loves lorries. His world revolves around them. We even had the song 'Convoy' to leave the church ...

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Correcting the record on DWT

That's "driving while texting," of course, the latest and greatest among local and national media fouls when it comes to trucking. Fortunately, yesterday South Dakota Trucking Association President Myron L. Rau took the time to correct the misstatements made by Dustin Murphy in the Sioux Falls Argus Leader newspaper about the apparently increasing number of truck-attributable crashes in recent years, which Murphy attributed in part to texting.Nevermind the cause, of course, if the end result ...

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Reckoning a ‘tsunami of freight’ as a very bad thing

I don't intend to do so, fyi, just passing on a bit of eye-opening reporting that recently appeared at the website of the Cincinnati Enquirer newspaper. Even as freight volumes around the country are at extremely low levels, putting the hurt to trucking companies small and large, reporter James Pilcher (or, more likely, his editor) chooses the unfortunate 'Tsunami of Freight' headline for a story about highway funding and road conditions in Southern Ohio/Northern Kentucky. ...

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Feds field health questions

FMCSA’s Medical CDL program will feed medical certification data directly to the CDL Information System database.

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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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