Todd Dills

Voices on the call for FMCSA head to resign

Was OOIDA's move the right one -- or is the "be careful what you ask for, you just might get it" adage an appropriate consideration? More views here on the org's call for Anne Ferro to resign.

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VA’s hard work begins with Shinseki’s departure

One in three Overdrive readers got what they wanted when Veterans Affairs head Eric Shinseki stepped down in late May. More on reaction to VA problems here.

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POLL: Do you support OOIDA’s call for Anne Ferro’s resignation?

OOIDA's June 6 letter to the DOT secretary alleged a "bias against truckers" that precluded Ferro's impartial conduct in her job as the FMCSA's chief regulator. Where do you stand on the call for her resignation?

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Flying OTR with owner-operator Joe Czmiel

Introducing owner-operator Joe Czmiel's FlyOTR.com, offering 12-by-18-inch flags meant to fly from the lock bars on van doors.

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CSA’s Fallout: ‘Ugly little secret’ — severity weights, peer groups need work

The draft report issued April 30 from the CSA Subcommittee of FMCSA's MCSAC advisors included a large section on potential methods of improving the scoring system.

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POLL: Where are you doing your restarts?

Since the 2013 hours changes and new restart restrictions, are you getting your restart at home, a fleet terminal or out on the road? Or are you operating solely on recap hours? Tell us in this poll.

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Trucking through the contestants: Trucker Talent Search

Here find a handy way to stream the lot of our Trucker Talent Search contestants' entries consecutively.

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DPF ash cleaning retread

Trucks with DPF systems come with a warning light alerting the operator to the need for a cleaning, but many experts believe you shouldn’t wait for a warning light.... Plus: Wild non-commercial load to Cali.

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CSA’s Fallout: SMS/safety rating system disconnect compounds problems

While official safety rating element of FMCSA’s enforcement program remains, the CSA SMS runs alongside it, giving a more real-time window into inspections, violations and crashes. However, the difference between results produced by each is marked.

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CSA’s Fallout: Scoring reliability woes dominate independents’ concerns

Overdrive's 2014 CSA survey shows independents are most concerned about reliability of scores, but the system’s many flaws haven’t halted third-party use of the rankings in business decisions.

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