Todd Dills

The biggest little voice in trucking

How self-styled safety-advocacy groups won over the federal government, and some trucking interests themselves, to influence trucking regulation.

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The real Leroy Mercer is …

Revisiting a story I wrote on the occasion of the Dualtone label's 2008 release of classic "Leroy Mercer" prank-call recordings on CD, an attempt to set the record straight on just who the comic genius behind those calls was: John Bean of Knoxville, Tenn., who passed away before the phenomenon of the tapes came to full fruition.

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Driver shortage alarm, redux: ‘Turnover is the real problem’

And for too long, the situation for many drivers has been one in which "the rewards don't match the requirements of the job," said ATBS' Richard DeForest at GATS. That won't change until freight rates are able to support a better annual income for the most important part of the supply chain -- the driver.

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UPDATED: Music to truck by: Overdrive’s curated playlist

A raft of audio from performances at GATS by Trucker Talent Search contestants, Tony Justice, Bill Weaver, Paul Marhoefer and others head up our playlist of music from emerging talents among drivers, great driving music, live tracks, podcast interviews with established artists and more.

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Spot market update: Local demand indicators for three major segments in the last week

A somewhat lackluster week on the spot market saw van and reefer volume increase slightly, but rates were more or less unchanged as a national average. Flatbed volume and rates considered broadly continued to drift down, but Savannah-Charlotte was a hot round trip.

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Choking down the milk and cookies

If FMCSA's not going to remove the 30-minute break (aka the 'milk and cookie' break in the words of more than one operator) as requested by CVSA, there may well be rationale for reducing its severity weighting in the CSA Safety Measurement System.

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World’s largest truck convoy — S.C. edition

Driver Tim Cooley, one of the organizers of the South Carolina edition of the World's Largest Truck Convoys for Special Olympics, noted his organization's preparations for the Saturday, Sept. 24, event were well under way, with a new rally location at the state farmer's market in Columbia.

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POLL: If any, what top speed should the speed limiter rule require?

Last week's notice of proposed rulemaking on speed limiters from NHTSA/FMCSA looked at 60, 65 and 68 mph in its analysis, but requested comments on speeds from stakeholders. What's your view of where speed should be set, if at all? Weigh in here.

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Listen: The Trucker Talent Search all-stars, live from GATS

At the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas Saturday, Aug. 27, alumni of the Trucker Talent Search competitioncame together or a final-show-day performance. Songwriters Jason Lee Wilson, Bill Weaver, Keith Snyder, Paul Marhoefer and Will Perry all delivered performances.

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The red, white and blue trucks of Hanover Logistics

The Hanover Logistics 3PL continues a red-white-and-blue patriotic tradition started in part out of convenience by its R.H. Crawford trucking-company subsidiary a decade ago.

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