TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.07.11

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending July 11, 2020.

We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding Operation Safe Driver and Brake Safety Week:

There are two upcoming events about which professional truck drivers need to be aware.

The first is Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s Operation Safe Driver Week 2020, which runs:

  • from Sunday, July 12
  • through Saturday, July 18.

The emphasis this year will be speeding.

You can read more in these articles:

Speaking of speeding, yet another article was written about North Carolina creating a team to catch speeders.

The second event is CVSA’s Brake Safety Week, which will run:

  • from August 23
  • through August 29.

Articles about that event include:


2. Regarding insurance:

A July 3, 2020, article opened with this statement:

Just one day before the House approved a bill that would require double insurance coverage, an Illinois carrier filed for bankruptcy protection citing skyrocketing insurance rates.

Other articles about insurance that were recently published include:


3. Regarding politics and regs:

Articles published this week cover various angles of politics and regulations concerning trucking:


4. Regarding truckers and business:

Various articles published this week that focus on truckers and business include:


5. Regarding fuel:

A few articles published this week address fuel:


6. Regarding border crossings and privacy:

If you’re a trucker who crosses back and forth from the USA into Canada or vice versa, be aware of the content of these and other similar articles:


7. Regarding economy:

Some articles about how the economy and trucking industry have been impacted include:

And where hiring and jobs are concerned:


8. Regarding meanness, protests and police:

You may be able to avoid trouble and trouble spots reported in the news this week:


9. Regarding innovation:

Well, this is an interesting idea!

Grocery company looking to turn tractor trailers into traveling supermarkets

10. Regarding truck operations and maintenance:

Articles about this topic include:


11. Regarding accidents, risky moves, and road rage:

I dreaded the time when I was going to start reading about truck accidents being on the rise.

This week was the first time since the “lockdowns” started that I noticed truck accidents being in the news in a noticeable way.

And so many of these were completely preventable!

The video shown on this page was not only a “risky” pass, but it was downright illegal!

Two articles published this week covered road rage:


12. Regarding Paycheck Protection Program (PPP):

I still adamantly oppose the federal government stepping in to try to “protect” businesses that were harmed by government actions (whether federal, state or other).

Setting up a tilt — in which some businesses “accept help” while others do not — seems unfair in so many respects.

Still, here are some articles about the PPP, just so that you can keep up with what is going on and who got what.

And in case you were wondering about YRC, these articles may be helpful:


13. Regarding drug testing:

After all of that uproar about the FMCSA requiring drug and alcohol testing, it is amazing to me how lax — oh, excuse me… “flexible!” — enforcement may become (or may already be!).


14. Congratulations!


There are some positive things in the news for truckers!


My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.

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