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Todd Dills

Fuel-tax dustup in MI (Can you spell I – F – T – A?)

| January 22, 2013

Is it time to say goodbye to Michigan's retail diesel tax? If that means the governor getting his way, you might want to pray it stays.

Running around Cali: Martin Jez’ 1988 Pete cabover

| January 19, 2013

California-based owner-operator Jez realized he'd need to upgrade his emissions system in the near term -- he delayed the need by, well, buying old.

Thursday roundup: CB vitality, more highway heroes

| January 17, 2013

There is still no substitute for what the CB does well, illustrated by a recent coordinated rolling roadblock that resulted in an abducted child's rescue.

The smell of an EOBR by any other name

| January 15, 2013

If you're an EOBR mandate supporter, is "electronic logging device" or "electronic log" any sweeter? Public debate over the mandate suggests, well, roses.

A repeat: Human-powered tractor pull

| January 14, 2013

Hapfor Bjornsson of Iceland, for the second year in a row, won the truck-pull qualifying event at the World's Strongest Man competition.

Final send-off for a Maine log-hauling legend

| January 12, 2013

Dale Crawford was the owner of the Maine Crawford family's log-hauling outfit until he sold it to his brother, Robin, in 2000 upon becoming ill. He passed away last week.

Of football and viral road signs

| January 10, 2013

Did you see the hit South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney put on Michigan's running back New Year's day? More on the subsequent road-sign spoof that emerged in the aftermath.

Smokin’ Joe Lee Smith rides into the sunset

| January 07, 2013

Today, a salute, a send-off, for Smokin' Joe Lee Smith, a hardworking free spirit of a driver well-known for his 1989 album of rock 'n' roll truck-driving music, Smokin' Joe in Overdrive. I wrote about Smith ...

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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