Todd Dills

Another medical certification cautionary tale: Eric Toms’ cancelled CDL privileges

Eric Toms' medical certification lapsed by just one week early in 2015 -- late in the year, when he went to renew his CDL, he found it had been cancelled, without word one from the DMV.

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Video: Paul Marhoefer’s ‘God and God Alone’

The song from trucker-songwriter Marhoefer in part tells the story of a trucking accident that was a near-total-disaster for him and his young family.

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Holiday spot market update: Freight activity falls, though demand boosted with weather

Van load posts on DAT load boards slowed by 22 percent, and truck posts declined 33 percent, during the Christmas holiday week. Weather-led disruptions boosted demand in spots.

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The tightening knot of ELDs, hours, parking: Channel 19 year in review, the finale

As in 2014 with the restart rollback, several issues came to a head in the last month of 2015, bring us back to where we started in this year in review: The problem with the hours of service, readers say, is a central safety issue.

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POLL: What’s your business outlook for 2016?

Owner-operators, how do economic conditions and your opportunity for profit look from the driver's seat in your business? Will the coming year be better, about the same or worse than the one in the rear view?

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New trucker-friendly hotel-booking engine

PTAG, the Professional Trucker's Association Group, has launched its "PTAG Safe Truck Parking Program," primarily a hotel-booking engine with negotiated discounts built in, the organization notes.

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iPhone app offers post-accident drug-test decision assist

The app, soon to be available for Android, offers an intuitive design to allow carriers to easily assess whether or not an event is an FMCSA-qualified accident requiring post-accident drug/alcohol testing.

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Inspections, rates, hours in the spotlight: Channel 19 year in review, part 2

The day the exemptions hit the sleeper, Pride & Polish competition gets hotter and hotter, famous cabovers get closer to their final resting places and more from May-August in this 2015 Channel 19 year in review.

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43 lives claimed during severe week for weather

More is on the way -- potential blizzard conditions, flooding, ice, tornadoes -- in areas particularly across the Midwest and Southeast through the new year. Keep tuned to weather services on your lanes this week.

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Counting down the hours to 2016: The Channel 19 year in review, part 1

We've got a full 14-hour clock's worth of on-duty time, and more, left yet, so check back tomorrow and on New Year's Eve for the second and third parts of this the annual year in review on the Channel 19 blog.

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