Todd Dills

New Montague folding Paratrooper bike line

Bit of a detour today from the long road, as it were. Behold the Paratrooper Pro, the Montague company's new line of full-size folding bikes the company believes are ideal for on-highway haulers.

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Inspections: Top 10 states where enforcement’s hot

Maryland and California maintain the No. 1 and No. 2 spots atop the list of the most-intense states for total inspections, measured per lane-mile of National Highway System in the state's borders.

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Post-July 4 spot market fireworks

Spot market rates typically take something of a dive after the July 4 holiday, but that wasn’t the case in the "short week" last week.

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How the potential gold mine of ELD data could hurt you

The precision and quantity of ELD data available after the mandate could, combined with a new safety-rating scheme, give on-site auditors an extra-effective tool for declaring a carrier Unfit on the basis not only of uncovered hours violations, but also moving violations.

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Car haul for the long haul: Moving the Tesla with Earl Jackson

A run-in at a Nashville-area TA with veteran car hauler Earl Jackson, company driver today for small fleet The Finest Carrier, piloting a 2015 KW T680 w/ 144-inch ARI super sleeper hooked to an enclosed Kentucky trailer loaded with Tesla Model S and Model X cars bound for buyers.

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Stoking the log fires: Hours violations, fleet size and ELDs

The smallest carriers are feeling the heat of hours enforcement in select states, even as violations declined nationally in 2015.

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Expediters gathering for niche-specific annual event this coming week

Among the owner-operator niche trucking events out there, the Expedite Expo, first held in 2001, stands out for a variety of reasons, not least among them the close community of haulers that makes up the expediting niche.

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POLL: How long has it been since you had a ‘clean’ inspection?

Incidence of clean inspections, showing no violations, nationally has tracked around 40 percent, give or take, since the CSA program's advent in late 2010. How long ago was your last clean inspection?

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Q2 end, July 4 holiday spur spot freight volume gain

With both the end of the quarter and the last few business days before a holiday weekend, last week's boost in rates and volume, particularly in vans and reefers, wasn’t a big surprise. Still, it was a nice lift, especially after two months of improvement.

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‘The most important safety feature in any truck? The professional driver’

Jeff Clark's video message to the next president of the United States: Think outside of the box and reward companies that keep their drivers by treating them like the professionals they are.

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