Todd Dills

Throwing tomatoes at fuel-tax-hike bill

Any fuel-tax hike must come with "iron clad' provisions on misuse of funds for purposes other than highways, readers note -- meantime, the recent tax-hike bill's chances of passing?....

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Candidate and fleet owner channels Van Damme in ad

Meet Ga.-based 10th-District Congressional candidate and Collins Trucking fleet owner Mike Collins -- and checking in with 2010 Trucker of the Year Mike Crawford, bringing home on the road...

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CARB public meetings clarify proposed rule amendments, hear other ideas

In addition to the previously reported six-month "Good Faith" extension, detail here on proposed new NOx-exempt areas and concurrent extensions, a fast-approaching funding deadline, and more.

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POLL: Is it a good time to get your own authority?

Are economic improvements, however slight, and structural conditions in the industry in favor of new truly independent owner-operator businesses? Tell us what you think, and why, here.

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The CARB bind: On eve of public meeting, more voices on proposed compliance alternatives

Owner-operators around the nation can voice their concerns with CARB regulations and newly proposed compliance alternatives via a Dec. 4 webcast meeting in Sacramento; further views in latest podcast.

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The drones are coming! The drones are coming!

Amazon Prime Air a big joke? -- "The data systems (CSA, PSP ...) tracking our lives and businesses, in the end, require much more of our attention and time than any airborne threat..."

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Hot buttons: Iran nuclear negotiations a dangerous game?

A slight majority of readers seemed to think so. More than 50 percent voted a categorical “no” to the question of whether Iran should be able to pursue nuclear power development minus international economic sanctions.

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Another voice on the hours of service: Owner-operator Tom Quinton

As Quinton's and recent other commentary makes clear, the new hours of service rule is foregrounding the problem of, simply, time. Time enough to get the work done in the day allotted to do it.

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Going where others won’t: Owner-operator Jimmy Nevarez

Nevarez has made a career specialty out of short-haul in Los Angeles, Calif., as an owner-operator in spite of the many naysayers who told him it couldn't be done.

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Get your load on! (5th edition)

More stunning -- and novel -- photos of reader loads of recent memory in the latest of this occasional series. Find out how to send in your own here.

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