Todd Dills

Roundup: Tony the truck stop tiger back in headlines, another Kelty cabover view, and speaking of gators …

Listen: La. Tiger Truck Stop owner Michael Sandlin on 'Criminal' podcast; photos of the restored Kelty Farms 1976 International TranStar's matching flatbed; and did you hear the one about the Tiger Truck Stop and the alligator?

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Rates move, slightly: Demand indicators for flat, van, reefer

Hanjin bankruptcy impacts continued to be felt in high van demand out West, while the hurricane put a short-term damper on freight volume out East late last week. Demand pictures for all three major segments available here.

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Mere inches of a near miss: Quick evasive action saves truck from sure disaster

This dashcam vid comes from the Connecticut-based 250-truck Bozzuto's fleet. Says Tom Halpin, transportation safety manager at Bozzuto’s: "In the words of the driver," one of Bozzuto's most senior, "'I don't know if fell asleep or was distracted.' It was mere inches in a near miss."

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Top 10 toughest states for tire violations

Oregon, Texas and North Carolina lead the tire-violations rankings, the latter two also showing an uncommonly strong focus on maintenance/equipment-related violations overall. Peruse more nationally ranked data on equipment violations here.

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North Carolina enforcement: Where officer discretion can help

Professionalism at roadside can go a long way in influencing enforcement actions in North Carolina. The highway patrol there isn't, by and large, "looking to jam up guys who are decent,” operators note. More in this CSA's Data Trail profile of the state, by the numbers.

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Professionals behaving unprofessionally: Letter from a truck stop maintenance man

The crux of Charles Brady's argument is that there's a strong current of unprofessional selfishness rearing its head in a lack of basic courtesy on offer from drivers at his truck stop. He pleas to the true professionals for help.

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Insurgent candidate Fred Zuckerman argues for effective organizing in bid for Teamsters presidency

Ballots in the Teamsters' leadership election were mailed out October 6. Central to Zuckerman's candidacy is Teamsters expansion and something of a retrenchment in freight -- bolstering "organizing in our core industry, in the freight industry."

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Complexity on the spot market with Q3 end, hurricane, Hanjin, holidays

By and large, sands shifted last week on the spot market, and though demand and volume indicators for dry van and reefer segments have shown marked improvement (and particularly on a year-over-year basis), rates haven't caught up, yet.

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Video: More on the 2017 Peterbilt 389 flattop of Candice Cooley’s Patrone Livestock fleet

We caught up with the GATS Best of Show Limited Mileage Bobtail winner for this video a month later at the Guilty By Association show in Joplin late last month. Run through the old-school-styled, first full custom build from this six-truck livestock hauling fleet here.

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Where the drivers are — Job application density by state, 2008-2015

These interactive driver population heat maps show the total CDL-holding driver applicants per capita, by resident state of the applicant, incoming to BestDriverJobs.com and network sites. Change in the maps between 2008-15 illustrate economic ups and downs affecting trucking over those years.

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