This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending December 26, 2020.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding reviews of 2020 and predictions for future:
This is the last issue of TDMST Weekly Round-Up for this year — and what a wild year 2020 has been!
For your convenience, I have compiled a list of trucking-related reviews of this year and predictions for the future.
Reviews of 2020
- 2020 was a time for trucking to help those in need
- Drilling Deep: Looking back on 2020 with Scopelitis Consulting’s Osiecki
- FreightTech25: 2020 has been wild ride for automaker Tesla
- FreightWaves Classics: 2020 will soon be in the rearview mirror — hooray!!!
- HDT’s Newsmaker of the Year: COVID-19 Pandemic
- Looking back at the Year of the Truck Driver
- The Legacy of 2020 [Commentary]
- Trucking: 2020 as a year in pictures
- Trucking’s generosity shows through difficult 2020, pandemic
- Commercial Carrier Journal starts a new beginning in 2021
- How to Make Sense of Annual Trucking Industry Predictions
- Trucking Faces Transitional Year in 2021
- What a Biden administration might mean for owner-operators
2. Regarding economy:
A December 26, 2020, article — Retail sector’s holiday winners and losers — stated regarding “record e-commerce growth” during the “holiday season”:
Preliminary data from SpendingPulse found that holiday retail sales [in 2020 in the USA], excluding automotive and gasoline, rose 3% this year compared to 2019. Online sales grew 49% year-over-year.
Professional truck drivers were responsible for hauling the freight that was ordered and delivering it.
I am so proud of every professional truck driver who behaved like a true professional, no matter how tough things got!
Other recent articles about the economy include:
- ATA Truck Tonnage Index Slides 3.8% in November
- ATA’s truck tonnage index rose 3.7% in November but still lagged 3.8% behind last year
- CBSA: Truck arrivals rose 2% last week
- Economic Watch: ATA tonnage index ventures into positive territory
- Heavy-duty truck market closes 2020 on ‘robust’ note, say ACT analysts
- Hino Halts Truck Production in North America Through September 2021
- How E-Commerce Surge Is Changing Delivery Vehicle Design and Deployment
- Index records ‘big swing’ for trucking
- Last-Minute Shoppers Avoid Stores, Adding to Delivery Surge
- Republic Services cancels refuse truck order from Nikola
- The Daily Dash: Republic cancels Nikola truck order; Forward Air recovering
- Truck sales data shows 2020 numbers likely to end on a high note
- Truck Tonnage Index Continues to Show Year-Over-Year Decline
- Trucking Conditions in October Highest Ever Measured
- Winter produce increases reefer volumes from Mexico
- Year-end capacity tightness at record levels — for now.
3. Regarding inspections:
Please be prepared for a truck inspection at any time!
- Georgia issues 87 citations in distracted driving blitz targeting container haulers
- More than 12,000 vehicles placed out of service during CVSA’s 2020 International Roadcheck
- Roadcheck Inspection Blitz Targets Driver Violations
4. Regarding fuel, electric trucks:
The future of transportation is electric, and hydrogen will be part of that future. But it’s difficult to see a clear path to hydrogen-powered transportation. Too many variables still must fall into place before an accurate picture comes into view of the true cost of hydrogen and its practicality as a transportation energy source.
They sure seem confident about how vehicles in the future will be powered!
- “Longer than expected development time” prompts cancellation of 2500+ electric truck order
- Nikola Loses Electric Truck Order From Republic Services
5. Regarding COVID-19:
There are a number of different divisions of articles about COVID-19 this week:
I can’t help but wonder if most of the people who got sick — Amazon shutters NJ warehouse after rise in COVID cases — had been wearing face masks, thus reducing their intake of life-giving oxygen.
Please bear in mind that there are differences between “cases,” “infections” and “deaths” from COVID-19.
Truckers getting a COVID-19 vaccine
I have stated before that I am totally against people receiving any kind of COVID-19 vaccine.
According to a quoted article on GreenMedInfo.com, “What many do not yet understand, however, is that the vaccines that are being developed for SARS-Cov-2 are unlike any vaccines that have ever been used on the human population before.”
The entire COVID-19 response is basically a technocratic agenda in which those who are “at the top” are attempting to control the lives and actions of every human on the planet for their own purposes.
We were not meant to be micromanaged or forced into “taking a jab,” but to honor the Lord.
- “Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.”
— 1 Corinthians 10:31
- “And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.”
— Colossians 3:17
And in Luke 19:13, we learn the principle of using the resources at our disposal until the Lord calls us home.
Be that as it may, I am sharing these articles about truckers and the vaccine as a courtesy.
- CDC Panel Includes Transportation Workers on ‘Essential’ List for Vaccine Priority
- Organization suggests truckers in third group for vaccine
- Poll shows truck drivers don’t want COVID-19 vaccine despite being next in line
- POLL: Do you plan to get vaccinated against COVID-19 when available to professional truckers?
- Truckers Not Among ‘Essential Workers’ in Next Vaccine Wave
- Truckers now included in third COVID vaccine group
- Truckers recommended to be in [third] group for COVID vaccine
If it had not been for government officials interfering in the free market — and demanding
- the closure of businesses that they deemed “non-essential” and
- certain non-essential workers to stop working there,
many people would not be facing the economic struggles that they face right now.
The title of the article Two Pandemic Assistance Programs Expire Today, Leaving 12 Million Without Benefits gives the indication that people must have government “benefits” to survive when the truth is that the U.S. economy was doing great in February 2020 before government interfered in the economy and people’s lives.
Do you remember Lehman Brothers, which before filing for bankruptcy in 2008, was the fourth-largest investment bank in the United States?
According to Wikipedia: “Lehman’s bankruptcy filing is the largest in US history.”
Regarding the concept of “Too Big To Fail,” Investopedia wrote: “Following the collapse of Lehman Brothers, Congress passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act (EESA) in October 2008. It included the $700 billion Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP), which authorized the government to purchase distressed assets to stabilize the financial system.”
Are we any better off because the government meddled in this at taxpayer expense?
Actually, if you look at the Consumer Price Index and realize that the buying power of the dollar has dropped to 4 cents compared to what it was worth in 1913, what has been going on has been the systematic robbing of the people by the Federal Reserve.
There may be too much dependence on employers for income.
Those of us who need income would do well to determine what people need and find a creative way of providing it (bearing in mind the need to be ethical, honest, and God-honoring).
How a “stimulus” bill leaves trucking “out”
Again, truckers don’t need a “stimulus,” but they do need a legal and regulatory climate where they can earn a good income based on their own efforts.
I am sharing these articles as a courtesy:
- House GOP Foils Move on Trump’s $2,000 Checks
- OOIDA blasts Congress for forgetting truckers
- OOIDA rips into lack of trucking aid in spending bill; says expanded PPP not specific to the industry
- Pelosi Urges Trump to Press GOP to Back $2,000 Checks
- Trucker group slams Congressional COVID relief bill
In none of the “guidance” about COVID-19 by so-called top health “experts” has there been a single word about working with our God-given immune systems and doing the things that make for good and natural health.
Like a giant pillar in a palace that supports what is above it, we can support our own wellness through our choices, including:
- Unhindered, fresh, clean air to breathe;
- Nutritious food;
- Adequate sleep;
- Plenty of pure water;
- Sufficient exercise;
- Vitamins, minerals, supplements; and
- No toxins in our homes or lives.
If you would like to know which supplements my husband Mike and I take and/or use to help boost our immune systems and keep them boosted, please contact us through the form below.
6. Regarding accidents:
Please pay attention at all times when you drive, slow down when weather is challenging, and don’t engage in hazardous behaviors.
- Major Kentucky highway interchange expecting 12 hour closure following tanker truck wreck
- Rig bounces down embankment after rear-ending by second semi
- VIDEO: Big rig driver loses control on icy road
7. Regarding harm to truckers (injuries, fatalities):
Every time I read an article about how truckers are being injured or killed on the job — even if statistics are supposedly improving — it saddens me.
Do those things that will keep you from becoming a “harmed” statistic.
- Fatal work injuries among truckers hit record high last year
- Traffic fatalities down for third consecutive year in 2019
8. Regarding roads and politics:
- After 41 days of trucker traffic headaches, Kentucky/Ohio bridge to reopen
- America’s most dangerous roads for truckers: Part 4
- Brent Spence Bridge reopens after a six-week closure
- Damaged bridge between Ohio & Kentucky reopens
- Repairs on Brent Spence Bridge complete ahead of schedule, under budget
Bear in mind that every jurisdiction that has a “quota” is seeking to earn money from those whom they “catch” doing something wrong — and may end up falsely accusing those who have done nothing wrong!
9. Regarding technology:
- 5 Ways to Coach Truck Drivers Using Telematics
- Arizona DOT converts to cashless permitting system for commercial trucks
- Read the fine print when buying telematics apps
- Smart Trailers Face a Huge Hurdle
- The Daily Dash: Recent cyberattacks having ripple effects across supply chain
- Truck safety group asks Biden to mandate crash avoidance tech on big rigs
10. Regarding tires and BLT:
Note: “BLT” here doesn’t refer to a sandwich. 🙂
11. Regarding autonomous trucks:
I am sharing these articles as a courtesy, to help you stay informed about this kind of technology:
- Driving the autonomous vehicle market in 2021
- Toyota’s Driverless Shuttles Could Double as ‘Roving Offices’
12. Regarding charity:
My husband Mike and I appreciate the gifts and acts of charity that are done toward our fellow human beings.
I am gratefully recognizing those who have offered charity within the trucking community:
- CFI’s Truckload of Treasures Holiday Giving Campaign raises over $40,000
- Feeding Americans in these worst of times
- TravelCenters of America helping drivers in need
If you know of gifts or acts or charity that I have not mentioned, would you please let me know through the form below?
Thank you for reading one or more of my trucking commentaries this year.
I wish you a God-honoring new year in 2021!
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.