Todd Dills

2015 income: Owner-ops break $60K for first time, adding miles as slow-freight pressures mount

For the first in the 13 years ATBS has been tracking income data, owner-operator clients broke $60,000 in net income in 2015. The 2015 $61,167 income figure is computed as an average among all segments.

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

"Truck driving songs ain't never going out of style," sings bluesman Watermelon Slim at the head of updates to our playlist of music from emerging talents among truckers, great driving music, live tracks, podcast interviews with established artists and more.

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Podcast: Big data at ‘tipping point’ for new safety applications

Fatigue management and monitoring techs will become, over the next 30 years, ubiquitous in fleet trucks -- even, says safety expert Don Osterberg, in owner-operated units.

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Pennsylvania county goes proactive on highway-ramp parking

Penn. state patrol in Lackawanna County reportedly has stepped up ticketing of drivers parked on ramps, but quick press response shows some hope on shifting prevailing attitudes/awareness of the parking issue.

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The end-of-quarter rush on the spot market closes out March transition month

Spot market loads posted in March showed volume 42 percent higher than in February — but 28 percent lower than the same period in 2015. Here's how the last week of the quarter played out in vans and reefers.

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POLL: What’s your most likely response to the ELD mandate?

As of now, what's your most likely response to mandated ELDs, assuming the regulation makes it intact: Will nothing change for you? Will you wait for rule challenges to play out before moving electronic for hours? Or something else entirely ... ?

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Overhaul bringing high-end shippers into secure freight platform

When Overhaul launches in July, the company says, it will be debuting a fully direct-shipper booking engine to connect with owner-operators/small fleets whose drivers will gradually build trust among customers within the platform.

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Classic former Burt Reynolds-owned W900B, across the pond

How a U.K.-based trucker came to possess a classic mid-1980s W900B, only to realize its former owners here in the United States including none other than Smokey & the Bandit star Burt Reynolds.

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POLL: Should the federal minimum wage be raised?

With California moving toward a phased-in $15/hr minimum wage over the next several years, and other states eyeing similar proposals, should the $7.25/hr minimum wage be hiked?

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DAT exits ELD market, pushes forward with mobile integration

Well-known freight-matching service provider DAT is exiting the electronic logging device (ELD) market just several months after its entrance with the small-fleet/owner-operator-focused InView product.

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