Todd Dills

A salute to ‘Old Filthy’: Preserving owner-operator Gene Ballinger’s first new truck, a 1957 Kenworth fuel hauler

Bill Ward of Delta Junction, Ak., tells the story of how he came to own one of his first employers' classic 1957 Kenworth 925 fuel hauler. "Old Filthy" was the first truck bought new by Montana-based owner-operator Gene Ballinger.

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Podcast: Cold water on the ELD mandate’s potential rates impacts

While recent polling shows most owner-operators view the ELD mandate's chances of positively impacting rates either short- or long-term as good, don't count OOIDA board member and B.L. Reever Transport small fleet owner Monte Wiederhold among the true believers.

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Re-creation of the Smokey & the Bandit Mulberry Bridge jump to take place June 24

June 24, in Jonesboro, Ga., Hollywood stunt driver Oliver Keller, owner-operator Tony Pennello and others will join a crowd of spectators near the end of the Snowman's Run and Bandit Run events for the jump, a short distance from the actual location where the original stunt took place.

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A nine-year-old’s view of the so-called ‘autonomous future’

"When I asked if she could imagine a big truck going down the road maneuvering with its own controls, with no person behind the wheel, the look of horror that passed across her face was fairly priceless."

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Flatbeds, van rates start May relatively strong on spot market

A bit of a volume slide in the last week on the spot market for flats and vans, but rates are up and demand remains good. Perhaps more truckers in high-demand areas are taking to heart what recent tactical patience discussions: The best things come to those who wait.

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POLL: Did Trump make right decision in firing FBI Director James Comey — or not?

Amid an ongoing FBI investigation, among others, into ties beyond Trump campaign associates and Russian interests during last year's election, President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, citing his handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation last year. What's your view: right decision or not?

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As with most superlatives, ‘best’ is a relative term when it comes to truck stops

Readers responded in numbers to the "Best truck stop ever?" question in last week's Channel 19 post. Find here a bevy of recommendations for quality stops, great restaurants and more.

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Florida legislature eyeing December 2018 ELD deadline for intrastate carriers, California uncertain

Florida's move for its sizable intrastate market follows that of Texas, which adopted a December 2019 date for the ELD requirements for intrastate carriers. California Highway Patrol reps, meanwhile, note they're yet uncertain on an intrastate ELD mandate there.

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Oil-patch captioning ‘from sun-up til down-hole’

One reader's fitting caption for a photo depicting a sunrise early-early in the oil patch in Texas by John Reinhardt. The hauler and his Freightliner were “waiting to be escorted six miles up a poorly graded well road to deliver poly pipe at a water storage facility used for drilling operations.” ...

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ELDs and safety: Wes Memphis weighs in

"One thing you come to learn around here is when there is the same highlighted handwritten memo on every table of the drivers' room, in the company newsletter, on the shop bulletin board, even on the inner door of the bathroom stall, somebody done messed up good. ..."

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