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Todd Dills

Joy of sharing — win some diesel oil, Nascar VIP tickets, maybe a portable toilet?

| April 19, 2010

A new sweepstakes put on by Shell Rotella opened today and is asking drivers to share what they feel is the toughest road in America by the end of August. The company's "Road-Tested Challenge," in exchange for ...

A modest proposal for hours flexibility: ‘Gold Card drivers’

| April 16, 2010

Trucker/marathoner/blogger Jeff Clark offers a well-thought-out idea for hours-of-service flexibility, giving the stellar, safe drivers out there a new name and the freedom to use their status to run how they please: "Gold card drivers" are "drivers who do not get into accidents," he says. "They don’t get moving violations. They don’t get out-of-service violations, and they do not do drugs. These drivers deserve to be recognized. They also have a lot to teach new drivers. The standards to reach gold card status must be tough, but attainable. My proposal would be 1,000,000 miles without an at-fault DOT reportable accident, moving violations, driver out-of-service violations, or positive drug tests. The reward would be to be left alone. These drivers have ...

Grassroots victory over proposed NY truck ban

| April 15, 2010

Since the New York State protest convoys of November 2008, organized in part by the Mohawk Valley Truckers and Citizens United chapter, the issue of a big plan of truck-route restrictions on state highways in ...

Doyle Blackerby writes his life in trucking

| April 14, 2010

The Gadsden Times in Alabama published a rich story this past Sunday by correspondent Harry D. Butler about a great American original in Doyle Blackerby, 38-year commercial hauler, born in lower-state Leeds, Ala. His career followed the ...

New video: The perils of promising to run with Jazzy…

| April 13, 2010

"Promising to run with Jazzy is like making a promise to God, but God will forgive you if you break your promise." --Lee Jordan, small fleet owner and father of 17-year-old runner Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, ...

Newton’s laws of motion at work on NYSE?

| April 12, 2010

Every driver knows, at least intuitively, Newton's third law of motion, right? Or is it the first? In any case, it typically runs something like "for every action there's an equal and opposite reaction," and ...

Amid industry discussion of EOBR rule, smartphone logging apps proliferate

| April 08, 2010

Though the FMCSA's just-published limited-mandate and performance-standards rule for electronic onboard recorders (EOBRs) for logging did next to nothing to open up the market for tools beyond the paper log and expensive devices tethered to the truck's ECM, ...

Third time’s the charm? Feds say no to tolling I-80 in Penn.

| April 07, 2010

A development that could mark the end of a long saga (you could make a case that it goes back to the 1980s -- heck, even that it begins prior to the establishment of the ...

Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. His Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to tdills@randallreilly.com.

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