Readers: ‘No’ to truck size/weight increase

| April 22, 2014

Six in 10 driver respondents to a poll about increases to truck sizes and weights favor no change to limits, citing concerns about current repair of roads and bridges, competition and limited benefit otherwise.

‘Anne Ferro would be proud’…

| April 21, 2014

One ridealong pit bull that will be familiar to regular readers would "make Anne Ferro proud with his berth time and breaks..." More on rescued "Buddy Roe" and his travels from hauler Mary Hanlon.

New project truck for owner-operator Rick Weisheit: ’78 KWImage Gallery

| April 19, 2014

Bouncing back from a severe case of psoriasis, Rick Weisheit Jr. embarks on a custom build with a 1978 Kenworth W900.

Unveiling: ‘Monkey Gouger’ travel center

| April 17, 2014

With the official unveiling still several weeks off, owner-operator Jimmy Ardis, a recipient of one of TA Petro's Citizen Driver Award recognitions, got an early look at his name up on the marquee at the ...

ELD mandate: Independents’ final straw?

| April 17, 2014

An Overdrive survey shows between 50 and 70 percent of respondents threatening to exit the industry over the electronic-log mandate -- the highest percentages are among independents/small fleets.

KeepTruckin plans to offer free ELD to its pre-mandate e-logbook users

| April 16, 2014

That is, should the mandate take effect. With FMCSA hoping for a 2016 compliance date, KeepTruckin says it's developing the hardware to satisfy the ELD mandate now.

POLL: Should truck size/weight limits be changed?

| April 16, 2014

With federal attention to tractor-trailer size and weight and some groups lobbying for increases, tell us what you think in general and specific terms about where weight needs to go -- or remain -- in ...

Melvin Davis’ new ‘Hillbilly Hilton’ fresh out of the body shopImage Gallery

| April 16, 2014

The 2000 Freightliner Classic's 163-inch custom-built sleeper now comes equipped with a full-size shower and bed, easy chair, table, a full closet and a kitchen counter with a sink, refrigerator, microwave and cook stove.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at OverdriveOnline.com. His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com or via phone at 205-907-2481.

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