Todd Dills

Postscript: Analyzing base linehaul rates minus fuel

A quick glance at rate performance year over year, minus fuel, is fairly simple via DAT's Trendlines pages. And, asks a reader, If rates are flat, where's the capacity crunch everybody keeps talking about?

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Buyers’ market: The truck-purchasing landscape for owner-operators

With the credit market loosened and late-model used truck prices looking better, it’s a good time to trade, but watch out for problems with emissions systems -- results from Overdrive's 2015 Truck Purchase and Lease Survey.

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The Golden State: CHP’s relationship with CARB

The California Highway Patrol and the California Air Resources Board aren’t exactly birds of a feather, say CHP reps.

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The resurrection of Evel Knievel’s 1970s Mack haul rig

In this podcast with Robb Mariani, the onetime host and producer of the American Trucker show marks the beginning of the end of the story of the Evel Knievel Mack haul rig he located several years ago. The restoration is almost done.

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Truckers’ top 10 most favorable states for clean inspections

Somewhat surprisingly given the state's reputation for being tough on truckers, California is near the top of the list of the most-favorable states when it comes to clean inspections. STATES WITH THE HIGHEST PERCENTAGE OF CLEAN INSPECTIONS 1) Mississippi -- Violations per inspection (VPI): 0.84 2) Montana -- VPI: 0.86 3) North Dakota -- VPI: 0.89 4) California -- VPI: 0.88 5) Tennessee -- VPI: 0.92 6) South Dakota -- VPI: 0.86 7) West Virginia -- VPI: 1.11 8) Delaware -- VPI: 0.87 9) Nevada -- VPI: 1.15 10) North Carolina -- VPI: 1.22 States are ranked according ...

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POLL: What do you use for your logs — paper or e-logbook?

With the ELD mandate slated to reach Final Rule status in the coming months, what's your current approach to logs -- paper, logbook app or other software, or 395.15-compliant e-log? Weigh in here.

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‘Long overdue’ — More driver voices raised on FMCSA’s diabetes rule-change proposal

If you haven't yet weighed in on the issue, today is your last day on the federal docket -- you have until midnight Eastern time to do so.

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Have spot market rates really dived as much as you think?

When adjusted to control for the large difference in fuel prices, by some views rates are actually stronger this spring than in 2014.

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Round-up: DOT suspensions of road work abound, a planned closure and more

The July 4 weekend is a favorable one for truckers when it comes to the dearth of orange cones and barrels to dodge. But oh those unpredictable four-wheelers on the back end of holiday festivities...

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The Golden State: Inspection fanatic or truckers’ best friend?

California's reputation as being tough on truckers continues with its No. 2 position in the inspection intensity rankings. At once, the Golden State near highest share of clean inspections begs the question...

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