Todd Dills

Reefer, van spot markets in the last week — rates steady, volumes on the rise

National average rates held steady for vans last week, as gains in the Southeast and some California markets were offset by declining rates in the Midwest and Northeast. For reefers, markets in Calif., Ga., Fla., Ark. and Texas gained a lot in load volume.

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Sleep apnea back front and center of health/safety conversation

Following release of FMCSA apnea "pre-rule" requesting information, and release of study on apnea and crash risk, conversation among advocates heats up over study's validity, more.

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Former ‘American trucker’ host Robb Mariani hit with a ‘sick’ meme, hits back

Robb Mariani is challenging Facebook to institute better piracy/defamation controls in the wake of his image being used in a meme equating being a "real trucker" with hitting hitchhikers with urine bottles thrown out the window at highway speeds.

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Getting to FMCSA’s sleep apnea listening sessions May 12, 17 and 25

The sessions, in downtown Washington, D.C.; Chicago, Ill.; and Los Angeles are not in locales that are particularly truck-friendly. Here find tips on attending and an information source for parking and transport to the sessions.

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Performance-based brake testers (PBBTs) and liquid freight

If you haul liquid bulk, whether in a tanker or in totes, the difficulty of obtaining accurate weights at each wheel end with a PBBT during inspection often produces errors in readings.

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ELD Mandate, with equipment headaches, presents ‘tough call’ for one owner-operator

Weighing the costs of maintenance, truck purchase and operation in the face of the ELD mandate with one owner-operator.

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Truckers Against Trafficking: Local, state partnerships extend growing effort

Truckers Against Trafficking has launched new partnerships with state and local governments, detailed in recent story that also highlights trucker and 2015 Harriet Tubman award winner Kevin Kimmel.

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Commercial truck financier launches mobile app

ENGS Commercial Finance Co. (“ECF”) introduced a new way for customers to access their online accounts. The ENGS Mobile App is now available in app stores for both iPhone and Android users.

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Wes Memphis hits a snag with e-logs, missing a load

"Week two of e-logs is in the books" for Wes Memphis, and it came with one big snag when a load he couldn't complete on time without running of hours fell through his wheels...

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Mailbag: Potential 34-hour restart change reinforces elemental hours problems for readers

Given the complexity of the recently proposed 34-hour-restart change, it's no wonder (as you'll hear in this podcast) that a desire for the simplicity of pre-14-hour-rule regs is such a topic of discussion of late.

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