Todd Dills

Van rates holding, spot-market demand rising

Good news in all segments nationally is that load-to-truck ratios were up significantly in the past week.

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Hauling the Capitol Christmas tree with driver Duane Brusseau

We caught up with lead driver Brusseau at the tree's stop in Nashville -- find a brief video, photos of the rig and further reporting here.

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Increased federal weight limits: Voices against

Cary Goodman, Dan Gerster weigh in -- no pun intended -- on the notion of increasing federal weight limits to 97,000 lbs. with the addition of a third trailer axle. What do you think?

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Owner-operator takes active role in educating tomorrow’s four-wheeler

Meet Todd Modderman, independent owner-operator who today collaborates in his spare time with the B.R.A.K.E.S. program of young driver education, utilizing his Peterbilt 379.

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Drivers need more professional discretion: Voices on the hours changes

In this Voices-series podcast, operators weigh in further on the hours changes as a House subcommittee hearing looms Nov. 21. Call 530-40-VOICE, 530-408-6423, to weigh on these and other issues.

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Obamacare marriage penalty? ACA discussion online Thurs.; Remembering a mentor

How Obamacare can incentive divorce; and one owner-operator honors another on his death following illness.

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Bon voyage — a final word on leaving trucking

Thomas Dempsey's farewell to trucking "toward a more stable industry, one that young people will want to enter, and current drivers will choose to stay with, and be proud to do."

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Solidarity with the dispatcher, forces against CARB low-use exemption change

FirstFleet drivers band behind a dispatch/payroll office employee battling cancer. Forces at work against CARB's low-use mileage boost?

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Fuel-island etiquette: What’s your biggest pet peeve?

Wendy Parker struck a nerve with her "Short fuses at the fuel island" blog post. It dealt with commonly expressed aggravation with long waits as some drivers use the island for things other than fueling.

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Poll: Chief attraction of maintaining your own operating authority?

Is it that control over all aspects of the business yields greater cost-saving opportunities, better income (particularly with direct customers), or something else? Tell us what you think here.

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