Todd Dills

Update: Safety review continues trend toward the negative, non-ratable

Tom Sanderson of Transplace and the ASECTT group is right in some ways about FMCSA having "doubled down" on its post-CSA policy, particularly with respect to how it conducts safety audits in this day and age. Latest ratings-issued numbers here.

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ASECTT group presses ahead on CSA, safety rating reform and other issues

In addition to its chief concern over reliance on CSA SMS scores in safety assessment, ASECTT now turns attention to reform of the safety-audit system and federal preemption of state wage/hour laws and independent contractor classification, among other issues.

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Dedicated freight — an antidote to chasing rates

After years chasing rates and high miles, over the last decade and more Keith Sampson shifted his thinking. His example is clear evidence that keeping your eye out for dedicated-freight opportunities can deliver the best of both worlds -- income stability and high profitability, without sacrificing your home life in the process.

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Mixed week on the spot market for vans, reefers

This week's spot market demand update sees capacity loosening up a bit -- truck posts. However, volumes remained high, and rates held for vans on most top-volume lanes.

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Trucking: Like father, like son

Daughter, too. 7 in every 10 of Overdrive's mostly owner-operator readers, whether male or female, reported having descended from a trucking father, in some form or another.

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POLL: Owner-operators, how’s business trending for you over the last months?

What's your business-conditions situation been over the last few months as the traditional spring freight season has come into play.

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Back to the future: ‘Trucks of America’ in 1973; The drones are coming! (take four)

Did you know Overdrive once published truck jigsaw puzzles? We didn't either ... And: The drones are coming! Congressional moves reportedly would prevent erection of state barriers to autonomous vehicles and centralize rules at federal level...

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Saturday round-up: Spring cleaning, chaining the trailer to the coil, best wisecracks of the year

Terminator once declared he could not self-destruct -- how about self-driving vehicles?; an e-log solution for the ages; and a check-in with flatbed owner-operator Joe Bielucki's real-man coils and overdue spring cleaning. . .

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ELD data: Take control of yours to avoid IFTA, IRP audit fines

If you’re in the situation of many owner-operators and small fleets and looking to squeeze a little return-on-investment out of an ELD you may be forced to adopt, tread carefully with players new to the industry getting into the partial automation of IFTA/IRP data collection.

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Don’t get ‘beat up’ on rates: Strong service to keep the customer honest

This podcast talk with owner-operator Monte Wiederhold focuses in on the direct-customer base Wiederhold notes he’s been fortunate to maintain through the recent "ebb and flow" years of spotty freight and demand in the wider economy, and the emphasis on timely communication and dependability that's helped immensely to keep those customers.

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