Todd Dills

Van spot market: Demand ticked up in the last week

Last week saw van demand rebound from the winter doldrums slightly last week, with the average load-to-truck ratio moving up to 1.4 loads per truck.

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‘Absolute measure’ scores to return to public CSA SMS with next update

Contrary to prior reports, FMCSA is not done with substantive additions to the interim CSA SMS public display -- carriers' "absolute measures," which underly the hidden percentiles in each BASIC category, will return in March to public view.

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Podcast: A run through the stories behind the songs on Bill Weaver’s ‘Every Mile I Drive’

In this edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast, run through the brand-new record from trucker Bill Weaver, who with regulator collaborators in his band has honed the Southern Rock style you'll hear here over many years.

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Most truckers favor delay in Supreme Court appointment

Only 4 in 10 respondents to Overdrive's recent polling on how the nomination process should proceed for departed Justice Antonin Scalia's replacement favored President Obama going ahead with a nomination before the election.

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Turning your phone into a dashcam

Have you tried any of the available smartphone apps designed to turn your device into a functional dashcam allowing for saving clips for exoneration/evidence and other purposes?

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Mark Bezley’s ‘crosswalk law’ citation: Dismissed with dashcam evidence

Read driver Mark Bezley's No. 1 dashcam tale, involving his exoneration from a ticket given during a "crosswalk law" sting in a small Wash. town. And: What's yours?

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BigRoad e-log updates following the ELD mandate’s release

The BigRoad provider of the smartphone-based computer-assisted logbook and DashLink engine-connected ELD, noted the company was "fully on track" with updates following the ELD mandate's release.

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ELD mandate: Is drivers’ time saved by e-logs worth near $2 billion annually?

Just as it's pretty hard to estimate time saved in a reliable way, it's pretty hard for paper and pencil to malfunction in the same way a computer can -- delving into FMCSA's ELD mandate cost-benefit analysis.

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February on the spot market: The good, the bad and the ugly

"We’d like nothing more than for March to come in like a lion, and go out like a pack of lions," noted Ken Harper attendant to this week's spot market update from the DAT network of load boards. "But we have to get through February first."

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The 34-hour restart’s complicated limbo

Here's the latest. Nothing about the 34-hour restart will change until FMCSA issues its certified report on its mandated comparative restart study. If the report says what many truckers have hoped, however, the restart could disappear entirely.

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