Todd Dills

No more ‘catching up the logbook’ with ELDs, a paradigm shift that raises numerous issues

A panel of drivers at the August Great American Trucking Show illustrated that the seemingly simple change brings with it a raft of complications, from new administrative and operational burdens placed on drivers and carrier dispatch to the pressing need for shipper/receiver customers' appreciation of the new dynamics.

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Working-cabover work in progress: Owner-operator James Ryan’s 1989 Peterbilt 362

The Cummins Big Cam 4-powered 1989 Peterbilt 362 double-bunk cabover you'll see in this video has been in owner-operator James Ryan's family for years before he convinced his father, Art Nelson, to sell him the unit. Today, he hauls containers from the Port of Savannah north to Charlotte with it.

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‘Predictive’ freight matching from Trucker Tools

Available to carriers at no cost, Smart Capacity optimally recommends loads for drivers and assets within a carrier’s network of 3PL/broker partners to improve visibility and operational efficiency.

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ELD mandate protest efforts set to stage October 3

Podcast: Two unaffiliated groups -- Tony Justice and company's ELD or Me, and the Texas-headquartered Operation Black and Blue -- share details for ELD mandate protests coalescing around a beginning date of October 3.

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Watch: Tony Justice’s ‘Stars, Stripes and White Lines’ video released

Produced and shot by Big Rig Videos videographer Chris Fiffie, the video in part utilizes footage captured during a convoy of military veteran truck drivers that followed the 2016 Guilty by Association Truck Show in Joplin, Mo., at 4 State Trucks.

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KeepTruckin ELD offered at discount for 1 year

Freight broker Total Quality Logistics (TQL) has partnered with smartphone logbook and electronic logging device provider KeepTruckin to offer discounts on its ELD solution for TQL-contracted carriers.

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Vid: N.C.-based Erick Engbarth’s 2009 KW — bonus ’53 Case tractor in the family a half-century

Independent Erick Engbarth showed his 2009 Kenworth W900 and 2015 Utility dry van alongside his son's 1953 Case DC farm tractor, fully rehabilitated, at the recent Southern Classic show in N.C. Erick hauls motorcycles and other freigth coast to coast.

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Spot update shows high demand across the country — vans, flats in detail, disaster-relief opportunities, more

Freight lanes re-orient North-South as demand picture shifts for dry vans. Some platform opportunity exists, notes FEMA contractor Foxhole Logistics, and in general terms the typical late-September-beginning fall freight season may be getting an early start.

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Cybersecurity: Tips for greater peace of mind

Anyone plugging a device into the onboard diagnostics port, particularly an ELD that will open up a connection between the truck’s computer and the internet, would do well to follow these practices.

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Finger on the ELD mandate — good marketing or well over the line?

A reefer trailer advertising an ELD product with a quite actual giant middle finger to the regulation brought a question from a longtime operator about overall driver image. Whatever you think aboout the ELD mandate, are such ads over the line or all in good fun?

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