Todd Dills

POLL: What’s your business outlook for 2016?

Owner-operators, how do economic conditions and your opportunity for profit look from the driver's seat in your business? Will the coming year be better, about the same or worse than the one in the rear view?

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New trucker-friendly hotel-booking engine

PTAG, the Professional Trucker's Association Group, has launched its "PTAG Safe Truck Parking Program," primarily a hotel-booking engine with negotiated discounts built in, the organization notes.

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iPhone app offers post-accident drug-test decision assist

The app, soon to be available for Android, offers an intuitive design to allow carriers to easily assess whether or not an event is an FMCSA-qualified accident requiring post-accident drug/alcohol testing.

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Inspections, rates, hours in the spotlight: Channel 19 year in review, part 2

The day the exemptions hit the sleeper, Pride & Polish competition gets hotter and hotter, famous cabovers get closer to their final resting places and more from May-August in this 2015 Channel 19 year in review.

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43 lives claimed during severe week for weather

More is on the way -- potential blizzard conditions, flooding, ice, tornadoes -- in areas particularly across the Midwest and Southeast through the new year. Keep tuned to weather services on your lanes this week.

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Counting down the hours to 2016: The Channel 19 year in review, part 1

We've got a full 14-hour clock's worth of on-duty time, and more, left yet, so check back tomorrow and on New Year's Eve for the second and third parts of this the annual year in review on the Channel 19 blog.

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Drivers’ Night Before Christmas — a tribute from a dispatcher

Chipman Relocations' Tina Pastore sends this poem out to all company employees and contracting owner-operators in advance of the Christmas holiday, a fitting driver tribute this time of year.

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Van spot market update — volume, rates relatively steady into holiday week

Van load availability slipped 5 percent last week and truck capacity edged up 1 percent, pushing the average load-to-truck ratio down from 1.7 to 1.6 loads per truck.

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‘Santa was a trucker’ — and more music for the Christmas holiday

A little music for the Christmas holiday -- including Erich McMann's new single, "Santa Was a Trucker" -- and readers' named top Christmas song.

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Heroes of the highway: Truckers just ‘awesome,’ says four-wheeler

A positive bit of news involving truckers Ken Lear, Jeff Norwood and a man and his dog came out of Mt. Laurel, N.J., last week.

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