Todd Dills

Spot market activity continues up for vans, reefers, amid Roadcheck effect on demand indicators

With Roadcheck cutting some truck posts, the van load-to-truck ratio hit its highest mark in three years, and van rates on the top 100 lanes rose to some of the highest prices seen in two years. Overall, posting activity was up overall as well.

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Four generations of fathers, sons power Penn.-based R.W. Smith Trucking

With Father's Day coming up, a question: Is/was your father involved in trucking, too? And: A guest profile of and "salute to a company "that’s been led for 85 years by successive generations of fathers and sons," Penn.-based R.W. Smith Trucking. 

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‘Not adding up’: Following Supreme Court’s hit to ELD challenge, owner-operators reckon with next steps

In the wake of the Supreme Court's official denial of OOIDA's appeal for it to throw out the ELD rule, attention turned to the Trump administration and, more closely, Congress. A bevy of readers faced down the reality of further limited options for an ELD challenge.

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POLL: Have you ever been through an IFTA or IRP audit?

How commonly state auditors review IFTA and IRP records of owner-operators is not widely known -- what's been your experience with audits of your International Fuel Tax Agreement filing or International Registration Plan records?

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Saturday round-up: Put a diaper on your dump; Video — Black Out military tribute rig at Rolling Thunder

The "Dumpster Diaper" company's product prevents leakage from some dump bodies/trailers, and video of Chuck Timbrook and military veterans' presentation of the colors ahead of the Rolling Thunder rally and ride two weekends back.

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Doft aims for greater freight transaction transparency

The start-up, launched last March, charges a $4.99 transaction fee to both shipper and carrier upon successful matching of loads via iOS shipper and driver apps.

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UPDATED: Music to truck by: Overdrive’s curated playlist

Our updated playlist here features music from emerging talents among drivers, great driving music, live tracks, podcast interviews with established artists and more.

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Spot demand heating up to levels not seen since 2014

A 5:1 load-to-truck ratio on DAT Load Boards was seen for dry van freight last week. It's the highest load-to-truck national average since March 2014, when demand skyrocketed with polar-vortex-related severe weather and led a big rates rally on the spot market that year.

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Thursday round-up: HHG hauler Finn Murphy’s excellent memoir, ‘Bear in the air’ makes radio primetime

Hear Truckers News editor David Hollis' podcast talk with household goods hauling owner-operator Finn Murphy about his new memoir, and: Mercy sakes alive, looks like we got ourselves a radio spot!

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Tuesday round-up: Miracle on the road, and ‘retirements’ accelerate at Wes Memphis’ fleet in wake of e-log transition

A truck rolls safely with "no ELD, no ABS, no ERG, no SCR no DEF?" What gives? one reader cracks wise. And Wes Memphis returns to the blog with a suggestion that, should biz consultant Jeffrey Hayzlett's rule of thirds apply to post-ELD mandate trucking, there will be "no lack of trucking jobs"...

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