TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2021.01.30

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending January 30, 2021.

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


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding pipeline, politics, and employment:


Thousands of people — including truckers — may be thrown out of work if the new President’s Executive Order about the pipeline is allowed to “stand.”

There are some important things that need to be remembered:

  • According to Article I, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives.”
  • That means that only Congress (the legislative branch of the federal government) can make the laws — and that they do not proceed from the President (the executive branch).
  • Also, Executive Orders — if they are constitutional at all — are supposed to be limited to the Executive Branch of government.
  • The President does not have dictatorial authority over an entire nation or industry.

Another thing to bear in mind is that the energy sector, to which the Keystone pipeline belongs, is never mentioned in the Constitution of the United States, meaning that this is really a states-only issue, not the federal government’s issue.

That being said, here are two of the most recent articles on this topic.




2. Regarding detention, technology, and autonomous trucks:



Autonomous trucks

It is distressing that several major trucking companies have jumped on the autonomous trucks bandwagon.

Still, I’m sharing below — as a courtesy — some of the most recent articles on this topic.


3. Regarding economy, taxes, tolls, rates, and predictions:







4. Regarding accidents:

Please learn from these accidents — “what to do” and “what not to do” — so as not to be involved in one yourself:


5. Regarding COVID-19:

As if it isn’t enough to entice people to take a CV jab voluntarily, now one company — a truck stop — has stated that they will pay their employees to take it.

Oh, it’s supposedly a good thing, they will claim, to keep you safe from “the rona.”

How much is your good health worth to them?

A measly $75!

Please be aware that a healthy 56-year old OB/GYN physician took the jab and died 16 days later.

It is far better, in my opinion, to boost your immune system with natural products than to be injected with an experimental biological, part of which is designed to take over your DNA.


6. Regarding DOT medical card and drugs:

DOT medical card

Quote from article:

The requirement for drivers of commercial vehicles to obtain a valid medical examiner’s certificate hasn’t changed for many years; however, the method of obtaining one has become more difficult.



7. Regarding operations, same day delivery, and speed:


Same day delivery



8. Regarding safety, inspections, and fuel:


Quote from article:

… focusing on hard-braking events without the context of what was happening on the roadway at the time can lead to false positives. A video system can show whether, for instance, a car suddenly switched lanes and caused the driver to hit the brakes. Or, an inward-facing camera can identify driver behaviors that may have led to the hard braking, such as looking down at a cell phone or reaching for a drink.




9. Regarding maintenance, recalls, and emissions:





10. Regarding roads, ice, and weather:





11. Regarding HOS and breaks:




12. Regarding events:

It’s encouraging to see that at least one trucking event is scheduled to be held this year!


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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