Todd Dills

Fixing the 14-hour rule: FMCSA moving closer to flexible sleeper-split pilot program

Kelly Regal, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's associate administrator for research and information technology, outlined the agency's research work around sleep and fatigue at the Managing Fatigue international conference in San Diego, Calif., Tuesday. Of perhaps principle interest to owner-operators, Regal updated attendees on progress toward what she's calling the FMCSA's "Flexible sleeper berth pilot program." It's been more than a year since any news emerged about it, following its contracting to the Virginia Tech ...

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An ‘Autonomous Trap’: The limits of technology, illustrated

A new video is a a fairly cheeky expression of the limits of technology in the face of the human mind and its proclivities for art, invention and persistence, by British artist James Bridle, trapping an autonomous car in a salt circle. Might it work on auto-trucks as well? ...

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‘Driverless’ vehicles: Their inevitability and increased fatigue risks

In the scrum over autonomous vehicles, news from the 10th annual international "Managing Fatigue" conference in San Diego sees the fatigue science and regulatory community bracing for tech advancements. Some research shows counterintuitive safety results, however.

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‘Learning to truck’ with W. Joel Baker, and a verse salute from Kevin Barrett

Owner-operator W. Joel Baker, founder of the free TruckBytes accounting software for owner-ops, launches a new resource site for those getting into the business, LearnToTruck.com. And: Kevin Barrett's rhyming couplets salute the driver.

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Two fuel-tax measures advancing through state legislatures

A proposal to hike the diesel tax in Tennessee by the governor is tempered by the state's congress, while Utah moves forward on a proposal to change the fuels tax there annually, figured as a percentage of the average price.

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Sun-up in the oil patch, and: ’14-hour rule is the real issue’

G'mornin', drivers. One beauty of a scene from the Reader Rigs gallery, posted on Tuesday by John Reinhardt, a sunrise early-early in the oil patch in Texas "way out in nowhere," Reinhardt wrote, north of Pecos. And: More from Gary Carlisle on the 14-hour rule/ELDs one-two punch.

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Guy Pippin’s run-in with a distracted four-wheeler on I-49 in La.

Accident in the side-view mirror: Bulldog Hiway Express driver Pippin was northbound, approaching the scene of another accident that had occurred on the southbound side of the road, when a “brown Toyota pickup was barreling up through there and locked up the brakes and hit the trailer.”

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Flurry of Northeast loads boosted van demand indicators ahead of storm

On the top 100 van lanes, however, rates rose on most, but the overall trend was neutral. Spot market volumes remain strong, though, and if the winter storm leads to tighter capacity, rates should rise to follow. More reefer, van hot (and not-so-hot) markets in this week's report.

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New book from a familiar hand: Overdrive’s own Wendy Parker

Something that had to happen here on Overdrive, but of course: The debut of George & Wendy Show writer Wendy Parker's "100,000 Miles of Crazy: Adventures from the Road with George and Wendy." The book's out now, a compendium of the best of her blog's first year.

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Tax-time resources from ATBS

With the April 15 annual federal tax filing deadline just around the corner, the owner-operator tax specialists with ATBS have embarked on a new series as of the end of February, pledging to dig into a new tax-related topic every Tuesday until tax day.

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