Todd Dills

Mailbag: ‘All about the money’? — Reader views on increasing truck weight

A sizable majority of Overdrive readers (64 percent) see negative primary consequences of any significant rise in interstate truck weight limits. Find a bevy of views in this mailbag podcast.

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Why you deserve $64/hour for detention

Calculating a fair detention rate: A majority of operators indicate either total revenue per mile (38 percent) or profit/net income per mile + fixed cost per mile (45 percent) as appropriate benchmarks for detention rates.

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Drivewyze bypass option expanding

Mississippi and eight other states have chosen to expand their Drivewyze bypass programs to a bevy of new sites.

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Reefer demand surge in the Pacific Northwest, other local markets

Views on load/truck-posting activity on DAT Load Boards around the nation in the refrigerated spot market. And: hauling potatoes to L.A. out of Idaho? Reposition to Phoenix before the return to maximize revenue.

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Detention détente: Cadle Trucking

"When capacity gets even tighter – when electronic logs become a mandate ... it will be a good opportunity for us to recover costs that we’ll have to pass along to drivers to pay them to sit.” --9-truck fleet owner-operator Ben Cadle

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ScoopMonkey ratings, review site names top 100 rated transport companies

The two-year-old ScoopMonkey service hopes to become the standard-bearer in the trucking world for user ratings and reviews. August marked their first 1-million-score-lookup month -- find their top 100 list here.

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News flash: Lumpers show driver appreciation at the grocery warehouse

Waiving the lumper fee it's not -- the Universal Lumpers service, at 11 facilities in mostly Western states, is offering coffee, doughnuts and hopefully quick service to drivers this week ...

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Detention détente: Tables turn in carriers’, drivers’ favor in pay/rate negotiations

The tables finally are turning, as examined in this multipart feature. Fleets and owner-operators, for years in a losing battle with brokers and shippers over compensation for wasted dock time, are exercising improved leverage in negotiations.

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Roundup: Remembering McGuire Trucking of Ga.; infrastructure process change needed; ‘disparate impact’ in CSA algorithm?

Two recommended reads out on the web -- and remembering a fleet whose owner recently passed with one of our Reader Rigs gallery contributors.

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POLL: Where do you stand on raising truck weight limits with an extra axle?

With recent introduction of the so-called "Safe Trucking Act" in Congress to boost weigh limits to 91,000 lbs. with an extra axle, what's your view of the principle effects of such added weight?

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