Todd Dills

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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Truckers Final Mile: Nonprofit driver-assitance group launches Christmas campaign

The Truckers Final Mile nonprofit organization, founded in 2013 with a mission to "reunite North American truck drivers" with their families "in times of crisis," embarks on "Sleigh Bells and Santa" campaign.

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After tornado outbreak on the plains, severe weather moves east

Tornado watches remained in effect through 6 p.m. Central Tuesday for some areas of Arkansas, Texas and Louisiana. Severe storms expected to follow through Mississippi and Alabama through Wednesday.

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ScoopMonkey’s new ‘CSA Score Explainer’ tool

The broker/carrier business-to-business online rating and review service is taking up carriers' and brokers' concerns with the CSA SMS, offering "technology’s response to the ineffectiveness and incompleteness of CSA scores."

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Driver voices raised against highway bill amendment to resolve state/federal legal conflicts

Protection of independent/small-fleet business freedom or "wage theft" from company drivers? A growing conflict over a highway-bill amendment as House-Senate conference gets under way.

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