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Mother Nature Network covers California dray operators’ New Year’s gift from CA

| December 21, 2009

California-based drayage truck owner-operator Filiberto Cervantes is quoted in this recent story, part of the Mother Nature Network's coverage of news relating to the environment, reacting in dismay to California's drayage rule, which sees at yearend a deadline for compliance for the many trucks serving the ports through the state. Essentially, trucks with powertrains older than model year 1994 will be banned, and pre-2004 engines will require retrofit with a Level 3 diesel particulate filter. While many operators have already made upgrades, many others simply couldn't afford to, as Cervantes' case seems to illustrate.

Trucker asks: ‘Who moved my cheese?’

| December 18, 2009

Why it's a bad idea to leave loads unattended.

Mack Titan to be featured in ‘American Loggers’ TV series

| December 17, 2009

When the Discovery Channel was looking for a company to feature in its new "American Loggers" television series, they turned to Gerald Pelletier Inc., a family-owned and operated business that’s been working the rugged and ...

Tire termites?

| December 16, 2009

The termite-damage-like crevices in this tire are the result of extreme voltage, “electricity that ‘burrowed’ through this tire” when a boom truck hit a high wire and the electricity made its way through the frame on its way to the ground, wrote the editors of Real Answers, where the pic first appeared. If you think of rubber as the ultimate insulator, think again, they added. “Even insulators will conduct electricity if the voltage is high enough.” (The operator walked away from this incident unharmed.)

Road rage on the letters page

| December 15, 2009

A recent back-and-forth in the Everett, Wash., Herald newspaper's letters section highlighted the need for more than a little civility to be added to the public conversation between four-wheelers and their 18-wheeled counterparts.

Disney predicts the future of highways — circa the late 1950s

| December 14, 2009

So how many predictions for the future of the nation's highway system did the Disneyland TV Show get right when it aired the following fanciful segment in 1958? Well, I can tell you what it ...

Owner-operator channels spirit of the season, pays it forward

| December 11, 2009

Bob Ruckman of Charleston, S.C., will donate his truck and time to further an Ellicott City, Md., woman's goal of providing holiday assistance to needy families. As reported in the Howard County Times here, Andrea ...

Elvis has left the trailer…

| December 10, 2009

The Courthouse News Service reported earlier this week that an apparent dispute between two moving companies has led to the disappearance of a California woman's collection of valuable Elvis memorabilia from the trailer her valuables ...

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

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