Todd Dills

Weighing in on the hours changes

| July 23, 2013

Reader response to the hours changes that went into effect July 1 show operational limitations, with implications for revenue.

Looking for flexibility in the hours revision’s on-duty definitions change

| July 23, 2013

Observers and readers note the gray area in the change, where logging extended downtime waiting at shippers/receivers off-duty could be more easily interpreted as legal under news rules and off-duty regs guidance.

POLL: Freight rates: up or down since the end of June?

| July 23, 2013

With seasonal and regulatory changes (hours of service) in play, this poll interrogates rate conditions for owner-operators around the nation.

Severity weights, out-of-service protocol for new hours rules

| July 22, 2013

States are likely to treat rest-break violations differently, some requiring the offending driver to sit for the break, but it should not be marked as an official out-of-service violation, says CVSA.

Monday roundup: Big wheels roll, fast-pitch advocacy

| July 22, 2013

A new trucking tune from driver/songwriter Paul Hutchins, and Women in Trucking founder Ellen Voie is playing the trucking advocacy game back in a mainstream sports venue, the Cleveland Indians' stadium.

Professional at work: Jon and Miriam Brown’s freight haulerImage Gallery

| July 20, 2013

The couple have been a team since they became "accidental truckers" in the year 2000 as a company team with CRST. Today, leased to Landstar Ranger, they've halved their yearly miles while boosting their take-home. ...

Kansas driver honored

| July 19, 2013

Mark Goforth was recently named Ruan Transportation Management Systems’ 2012 Driver of the Year after being selected from a pool of more than 4,200 professional drivers. Goforth, who operates out of Ruan’s Topeka, Kan., terminal, ...

‘Trucker spy’ shooter sentenced

| July 19, 2013

The shooter's owner-operator target, Bruce Johnston, speaks on the long saga of the shooter's conviction and sentencing, which includes time served in a Tennessee work house and a long probationary period.

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com.

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