Todd Dills

Emissions system: Newer trucks’ potential handicap

Almost four in 10 owner-operators buying used trucks report emissions problems for 2010 and newer equipment, three in 10 for 2007-’09, as their biggest maintenance issue, underlining the importance of maintenance records in evaluating a purchase.

Read More

What do the confederate flag and used-truck prices have in common?

They're coming down, according to word from the South Carolina legislature and governor and the latest, June edition of the NADA/American Truck Dealers' Commercial Truck Guidelines report.

Read More

Next recession could hit as early as late 2016, say analysts

FTR Associates' "state of freight" seminar/Q&A reflected readers' recent suggestions that owner-operators ought to start the belt-tightening now to prepare for a cyclical economic downturn -- starting as early as late 2016.

Read More

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?

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More

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 ...

Read More

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.

Read More

‘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.

Read More