Todd Dills

Top 10 most intense states for maintenance, brake violations

Texas, California and Virginia top the list -- even with the reported priority drift toward an emphasis on traffic enforcement, violations of the FMCSRs remained dominated by vehicle-related violations.

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‘Obamacare, round three’ kicks off with open enrollment Nov. 1

As insurance exchanges start the third annual open enrollment period Nov. 1, owner-operators have one last chance to avoid fines that are getting stiffer in 2017 for not carrying health insurance.

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‘Takes a village’ on detention

Driver hits the nail on the head at supply chain management conference, speaking in "driver shortage" context: "If we can figure out how to keep that driver moving, the numbers aren’t that big of a deal."...

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Carolina Monkey Gouger in comedic ‘Freedom the Movie’ on CMT

Owner-operator Jimmy Ardis made an appearance in Morgan Spurlock's "Freedom the Movie" feature-length seriocomic look at Freedom in America for CMT this summer. Cable subscribers, catch it here, more

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Two South Carolina truckers regroup after historic flooding

With more than 250 roads still closed and many bridge washouts, it's rough going locally in South Carolina -- more information and a check-in here with S.C. owner-operators Dave Palmer and Jimmy Ardis.

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FMCSA hits back on CSA effectiveness, defends accuracy of carrier rankings system

Amid increasing calls for the FMCSA to remove CSA rankings/scores from public view, a new analysis from FMCSA reiterates what the agency has said all along about the CSA Safety Measurement System: It's effective.

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Fatigue monitoring: New device made available in U.S. market

The Rear View Safety company claims its MR688 camera, already in use internationally in trucking operations, can detect changes in drivers' faces to issue audible fatigue warnings.

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Driver avoids rear-end accident — without spilling a drop of coffee

At once, the driver was focused on the car that cut him off. If he'd been watching up ahead, the hard-braking event that triggered the camera and the subsequent jump up onto a curb might have also been avoided.

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National van freight — end-of-quarter rush boosts volume, demand

Rate trend of the week: End-of-quarter van volume boost leads national demand surge -- declining fuel surcharges, however, balance overall rate picture.

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Truckers to Fed: Keep interest rates at historically low levels

With the Federal Reserve board of governors contemplating a rise in short-term interest rates, a majority of truckers surveyed in this hot buttons poll favored no change.

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