TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2020.09.26

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending September 26, 2020.

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


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding Hours of Service (HOS):

Despite legal challenges, it appears as though the most recent change to the Hours of Service regulations is going through starting this coming week.

Please familiarize yourself with the new rules and make sure that your Electronic Logging Device (ELD) is updated to keep you legal and compliant with the new regulations.

The most recent articles about this topic are:


2. Regarding accidents:

There have been a number of “under blunder” type truck accidents recently, all of which were completely preventable.

The result from one of these accidents killed another motorist and our deepest sympathy goes to the family of the motorist who died.

If you drive a vehicle that has the ability to raise its bed, please make sure that the trailer bed:

  • is down every time you get ready to leave a facility that requires you to raise it; and
  • “stays” in its lowered position the entire time you’re rolling down the road.

Overpass and oversized accidents:

Train accidents and distracted driving accidents are also completely preventable:

I don’t always agree with the verdict that the group finds, but with this one, I do: preventable


3. Regarding technology and autonomous vehicles:

Among the most interesting announcements this week was California’s governor wanting to ban the sales of gas- and diesel-powered vehicles starting in 2035:

Even though the target date is a long way in the future, my questions about this decision include:

  • How will this affect overall sales of vehicles in the state of California?
  • How big of an impact will this take on sales tax in the state?
    (Possible source of info: Revenue Estimates for 2019-2020.)
  • Will vehicle purchasers simply buy gas- or diesel-powered vehicles out-of-state and bring them in?
  • What will happen to gas stations, truck stops, repair shops, and more in the state of California?
  • Will the state of California “punish” owners of fuel-powered vehicles in any way — and if so, how?

Miscellaneous articles about technology in trucking this week include:

I speculate that there’s eventually going to be a big accident involving platooning trucks, yet there are some who are forging ahead with treating multiple trucks on roads as if they were railcars on railroad tracks! {Sigh!}

My favorite money saving technology article (with embedded video) of the week was this:


4. Regarding pay, finance, tolls, and brokering:

Trucker pay

Cash flow / finances


Brokers and brokering


5. Regarding staged accidents and protests:

Staged accidents



6. Regarding economy:

These are the most recent articles about the economy as it affects the trucking industry:


7. Regarding technology and electric trucks :

Walmart has set a goal to have “100% zero emissions” by the year 2040, meaning no more diesel.


8. Regarding legal and worker classification:

These are some of the most recent articles on these topics:


9. Regarding jobs, trucker turnover:

Jobs and employment

Employees vs. Independent Contractors



10. Regarding operations, trucking, recalls, panel, insurance, illegal:

Truck operations


Trucker Panel


Illegal activity


11. Regarding National Coffee Day:

Every trucker who loves coffee may find a special discount — or even free coffee — on this day:


12. Congratulations!

We extend our heartiest congratulations to those who have won — or will win an award for safe driving and performance on the job as a trucker:

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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