Todd Dills

The winter blues: This week’s spot freight, rates update

Demand fell nationally for vans, but it's likely to heat up with better weather in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions this week as the area digs out from under 2 to 3 feet of snow. ...

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Reader: Do I need to comply with California meal and rest break rules?

Short answer: California's meal and rest break provisions are seeing some litigation after court precedent. Some employers in a defensive posture are requiring the breaks of their drivers, adding complexity on top of an already complex federal hours reg.

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ELD mandate pre-2000 exemption: How will carriers leasing owner-operators treat it?

Answers here from respondents to a recent carrier survey conducted by CCJ. And: Reader Gary Carlisle's thoughts on the limited potential for the ELD mandate to impact rates for the positive.

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Unique Sterling’s pro paint and motor-home-type design

The Pro Custom Inc. RV paint, service and rehab specialist transformed Frank Lamprey custom NRC Sterling Acterra freight-hauler conversion with this custom paint job based on Lamprey's direction/vision.

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SmartDrive SmartIQ suite: ‘Game changer’ in driver and fleet data, company says

SmartDrive, known for its dual driver-/road-facing camera systems, takes performance indicators to new levels with its new SmartIQ suite.

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Saturday round-up: Life goes on, worm turns on small fleet successes

Pony express freight: A prescription from a reader for long-term long-haul small fleet success? And: Got the white stuff? We got plenty of it here. . . . Stay warm.

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Who are you supporting in the Presidential race?

Ahead of the Iowa caucuses set for the beginning of next month, who's got your support in the Presidential race today?

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Cover shoot outtakes: Zach Beadle and his cabover Pete at Kelley Thigpen’s Diamond Ranch

Livestock hauler Zach Beadle's photo shoot with Texas freelancer Brandon Wells came off near perfectly, despite last-minute changes in location necessitated by Beadle client Kelley Thigpen.

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Runaway truck!

A Rocky Mountains disaster averted by quick thinking, teamwork and a little luck -- driver Don Christner's retelling of a hair-raising moment on Colorado's Loveland Pass: "no runaway truck ramps, no gaurdrails, no shoulders and no do-overs."

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Fuel prices putting a damper on rates as winter freight season settles in

Rates fell for hauls originating in Los Angeles, Dallas, Chicago, Atlanta and Philadelphia, but strong freight volume may lead to a rebound on the most popular lanes this week or next.

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