Todd Dills

POLL: Do you aspire to contract for freight direct with shippers?

Independents with authority, in a perfect world, would you do most of your freight business direct with shippers? Are you already there? Or: do you most appreciate current relationships with your broker(s)?

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New online driver-carrier matching service

The Hickory, N.C.-based Blue Bloodhound company has introduced a new online, mobile-optimized platform to help connect carriers and drivers. Blue Bloodhound has begun offering its service in areas around Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio; Indianapolis, Ind.; and Louisville, Ky. Drivers and motor carriers throughout the U.S. also have access to and are encouraged to sign up with the service and create individual profiles. Blue Bloodhound claims to empower CDL drivers by "letting them operate as fully independent contractors" in their relationship to ...

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Christmas in November — drone video of the Capitol tree haul

And: Pictures of the loading of the Rockefeller Center tree in Gardiner, N.Y., earlier this month, care of reader Scott LeVan.

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ELDs, hours, parking: Owner-operators’ top 3 critical issues

Considerable fleet/operator common ground is seen in hours of service, CSA, parking and related issues, though the economy ranks higher in Overdrive's list. Plus: Voices on the "Missouri Truck Ferry" project.

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POLL: Thanksgiving plans, driver?

Got turkey-day plans with the family back home, a well-deserved bit of time off with friends? Or will you spend it on the road? Let us know here.

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‘Truckers for hope’ — big plans for the new year

Founded to benefit children and their families while being treated at St. Jude hospital, the Truckers for Hope group spearheaded by driver Chris Dowdy enters its third year with big plans.

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The rise of pay-to-park

While some owner-operators appreciate the ability to reserve a space, Chuck Bishop of Sanger, Texas, thinks otherwise. Pilot Flying J, meanwhile, may be next with a systemwide pay-to-park system.

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New fatigue monitoring headset

Vigo is a bluetooth headset with standard talk functionality that also analyzes biometrics to monitor alertness levels and then prompt the trucker to take action when drowsy.

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Van freight: A few hot markets amid cold overall picture

Spot van load availability edged up half a percent last week on DAT Load Boards, but rates followed overall demand down in most major markets. Some seasonal bright spots, however, were evident.

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Top 10 most congested freight intersections

ATRI's annual rankings this year gave the dubious distinction of most congested freight chokepoint to the city of Atlanta and its "Spaghetti Junction" north stack interchange at I-285 and I-85.

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