Todd Dills

Senators ask GAO to assess autonomous trucks’ potential to displace workers

In the wake of the FMCSA's Monday listening session on regulating the highly automated driving environment expected in the future, Senators Susan Collins and Jack Reed request GAO study the issue of job displacement -- more commentary from the session explored here.

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Loose capacity a ‘speed limiter’ on rising rates in van freight

The national average van rate held tight at $1.68 per mile last week. Still, rising lanes continue to outnumber falling lanes in what’s been a slow and steady trend.

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Hours reform, importance of manned vehicles highlight FMCSA session on autonomous trucks

With several companies jockeying to bring autonomous trucks to market, industry stakeholders this week stressed to a panel of top officers from FMCSA the importance of manned control for tractor-trailers, at least for the foreseeable future. Commenters also noted the potential for hours of service reform.

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Chuck Timbrook’s new memorial addition to the Black Out veterans-support rig

The last several months have been eventful for Chuck Timbrook. Since my last update after his heart surgery last fall, his doctor told him that "my commercial driving days are done," he says. But it hasn't stopped his work on the Black Out military tribute Freightliner, with several new additions.

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Brake Safety Week intensifies this year to a single-day blitz

Save the date: Sept. 7 is Brake Safety Day this year. The International Roadcheck enforcement blitz is on its way in just more than a month, June 6-8. And later in the year, the activities around Operation Safe Driver Oct. 15-21 will target unsafe behaviors, including those of automobile drivers navigating around commercial vehicles.

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Charles Endorf wins CVSA driver award, challenges drivers to embody the professional image they want

While advisory committees can "draw up all these plans and promote safety" it's the driver who's first and foremost in the public eye. "Regardless of what you all do, it means nothing if the driver doesn’t deliver the goods. I challenge all drivers, let’s get our act together." --CVSA 2017 driver-award winner Charles Endorf

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Video: Trucker Bob Stanton on sleep apnea, fatigue research and bringing researchers, regulators into the truck

"Oh my God, I'm one of them, I've got it! I have the scarlet A on my forehead!" --Trucker Bob Stanton somewhat facetiously opening his presentation on apnea to the regulators, researchers and transport folks attending a conference last month.

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Driver shortage alarm, redux part 2: Bills in Ohio would subsidize ‘cheap labor’

Ohio bills would funnel taxpayer money to driver-training efforts and "put the Ohio taxpayers on the hook for subsidizing cheap labor," notes small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold. Also, video, audio: Crank it up with Scott Reed's tuned 750-hp Cat in the Wheeling tunnel on I-70.

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Bill would expand California lemon law to cover commercial trucks

SB 713 would modify the current California lemon law to newly apply to trucks heavier than 10,000 lbs. and under the operation of a business, without size exclusions, up to 18 months from the date of delivery or 100,000 miles of operation, whichever comes first.

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Dry van, reefer improved last week in many markets

It’s typical for spot volumes to drop in the week before Easter, since that week tends to wrap up early on Good Friday. Good news is that the drop-off was slight compared to previous years.

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