Todd Dills

Remembering the ‘good old days’: Brakes good, tires good, not a ‘peep out of anyone’

Owner-operator Robert Whittington's most recent inspection experiences have shown those good old days have been left way back down the road. . .

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Spot market: Latest demand, rates, volume pictures in all three major segments

It's looking more and more like we could get an early spring on the spot market. While the national average van rate declined for the sixth week in a row, it's still higher than at any point in 2017 at $2.17 per mile – and it's February. More on reefer, flatbed picture too.

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Use DataQs to contest 395.8(a) violations written for not having an ELD prior to April 1

If you incurred a 395.8(a) prior to April 1 simply for not having an ELD record and you were keeping paper logs, challenge it through the FMCSA DataQs process to remove it from carrier records.

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Not so calm before the ELD storm

Results of the ELD “soft enforcement” period have proved less than gentle for some owner-operators. There’s also evidence of other unresolved issues as the gate opens April 1 for issuing out-of-service orders.

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Mailbag: Split sleeper-berth option high on haulers’ hours wish list

The large majority of reader respondents you’ll hear in this mailbag edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast took the notion of a pause button for the 14-hour rule farther. It’s split rest, or split sleeper berth period flexibility, that most want,

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Trump’s progress report: Favorable to mixed for readers

At the anniversary of Donald Trump's first year in office, we asked readers how they felt he was doing so far -- results were largely favorable, with some qualifiers around the ELD mandate and his governing style.

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Let the 14-hour conversations … begin?

'Continue' rather than 'begin' is probably the best word to describe what's been at the forefront of hours-change debate for years now. Voices here following OOIDA's lodging of a petition to the FMCSA to add an up-to-three-hour off-duty pause to extend the clock.

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Rates up, volumes neutral to down year over year: The story so far in February for van, flatbed

With ELD proliferation constraining capacity in trucking and pushing up rates, there's evidence of some competition from rail/intermodal moderating volumes in van. Flatbed's generally volume-neutral compared to this time last year.

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‘100 percent OK’ to bring up detention before you get off the phone

'Don't leave money on the table,' redux -- that sentiment could increasingly include examinations of revenue and income per hour in your business' accounting and analysis to help determine effective detention rates in broker/shipper negotiations.

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‘Clean trucks’ program at Washington ports gets extension to 2019 with registration

Announced last week, the Northwest Seaport Alliance offered owners as yet noncompliant with the requirement to utilize 2007 and later emissions-spec engines by April 1 an extension through to January 1 of next year, with a caveat. 

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