Todd Dills

New priorities for a new DOT secretary?: Take two

A bevy of reader voices raised in response to the question: "What would be your message to Trump's incoming DOT leader?" Issues of regulation (the ELD mandate chief among them), parking/infrastructure and driver pay loomed largest.

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POLL: What should be priority No. 1 for a new DOT Secretary in the coming year?

What would you tell a new DOT secretary -- indications are Trump will nominate former DOL Secretary Elaine Chao -- to make the No. 1 priority in the coming year?

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Minute to midnight: Clock running out for speed limiters’ first public comment

"It is obvious to me that the majority of drivers use the speed limiter setting to determine their minimum driving speed," not the maximum. --Owner-operator Gary Buchs in his comment to the speed-limiter rule proposal docket, which closes Dec. 7 at 11:59 p.m -- late Wednesday night.

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C.H. Robinson: 1st annual carrier awards

In this first C.H. Robinsson Key Carrier of the Year award program, the owner-operator category winner was independent Billy Reece of Rowlett, Texas.

Read More and driver-songwriters raising funds to help deliver driver back home

Brotherhood of the highway: Part of the goal of an ongoing collaborative auction among four driver-songwriters intended to benefit the worthy organization, after a fellow hauler passed in Gallup, N.M.

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Do you carry CVSA’s out-of-service criteria book?

Former inspector/officer Andy Blair argues the book is anyone's best resource for challenging an out-of-service violation -- and an effective tool for other challenges as well. If only its electronic version was free, readers note...

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Driver drug and alcohol test database to be required check for carriers by 2020

Set to publish Monday, a final rule establishing the Clearinghouse database will require carriers to search the database during the pre-employment process and for current employees -- at least once a year in the latter case.

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Video: A roll into and through the fall freight season’s demand for dry vans

Van, reefer demand continued relatively strong in this week's spot market update following the Thanksgiving 2016 holiday. Hot markets, rising and falling rates on specific lanes, and more in this update.

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The ELD mandate’s double bind for owners of post-1999 trucks with earlier model mechanical engines

Owner-operator Randy Carlson runs a 2001 Freightliner chassis powered by an early-90s Cat 3406B. It's increasingly looking like the truck as configured (and others similarly situated) is between a compliance rock and a hard place with the ELD mandate.

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Overhaul freight marketplace, SoftServe partner on BioLock

At the intersection of so-called "Internet of Things" technology and cargo theft prevention, BioLock provides an electrocardiogram biosensor analysis system to proactively monitor the health of drivers and prevent vehicle theft.

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