Todd Dills

‘BlackGold’ scale memorial Mack, Cecil Spurlock’s son and family’s tribute to the Kentucky coal hauler

The 1/25th scale model of Spurlock's 1981 Mack DM 800 coal hauler is their way of honoring his legacy. When Spurlock passed in 2012, says his son David, he was buried "with his Mack cap on his head, and a coal miner on his grave stone with a pick and shovel on his shoulder, showing where he came from."

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Truck availability rose on spot market last week, moderating rates even as reefer/van volumes increased

The post-Easter lull in reefer volumes didn’t last long. Load counts were up 15 percent last, close to where they were at the close of the first quarter. Produce is moving out of Southern California and Central Florida, but we’re just getting started.

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ELD-related survey shows length-of-haul desirability trending shorter for small fleets, longer for large

Teams' "golden ticket" in today's trucking environment suggested in part by Columbus, Ohio-headquartered Zipline Logistics' survey of its carrier network, comprised of both small and comparatively large fleets, about the turn to electronic logging devices. Survey results, based on responses from more than 100 carriers, show something of a shift in thinking depending on the size of the carrier when it comes to the desirability of longer or shorter hauls.

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‘Gold trucks’ shined up, back on the haul

Why had it been so long since I'd heard from TMOG, LLC (that's for "These Trucks Are Made of Gold") independent owner-operator Howard Salmon? Turns out, he'd been off the road the last four months or so putting plenty of work into his vintage 1999 Kenworth W900. 

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Bill nearing passage would grease the skids for occ/acc insurance use by owner-operators in Colorado

A bill nearing passage in the Colorado state legislature, SB 178, which has passed the Senate and awaits a House floor vote, would clarify workers compensation rules to allow specific occupational accident insurance coverage as an option for owner-operator independent contractors. 

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FMCSA updates CSA SMS with new ELD violations, releases severity weights

Several middle-severity weightings have been assigned to some ELD violations for CSA SMS rating purposes, though most come with very low weights. New variations of the 395.8(a) violation now distinguish between carriers required, or not, to have an ELD in the data.

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Trucker Eugene Leptien’s custom-designed X50 flag mounts for trucks and more

Designed by a trucker in part for truckers, the X50 company has flag mounts for both trucks (on West Coast mirrors) and motorcycles (a two-piece mount, and the source for the majority of X50's orders to date), among other vehicles.

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Syria: Readers split on military engagement in Syria over chemical weapons use

The largest share of poll respondents endorsed what the U.S. government, with French and British allies, ultimately did late Friday -- launch dozens of missiles at Syrian targets related to weapons delivery and production. A sizable 44 percent favored no further U.S. military intervention in the country.

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POLL: U.S. military retaliation in Syria in the event of chemical-weapons-use confirmation — should it happen?

With possible chemical-weapons use by the Syrian government again being reported and investigated by the international community and President Trump threatening missile strikes and/or further measures, what's your view on expanded U.S. military engagement in the country?

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Amazon: The 800-pound gorilla still in need of a few good lumpers

This week's Overdrive Radio podcast edition tells the story of an Amazon load hauled by Gary and Ondena Caraway, whose fine print said 12-48 hours would be required for unload at the Edwardsville, Ill., facility. When that 48 hours turned into a week.... Well, let's just say they were not happy indeed....

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