TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2021.04.03

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending April 3, 2021.

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


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding parking, infrastructure, and legal:


I wrote to our Congressman about legislation introduced by Rep. Mike Bost, H.R.2187:

“To amend title 23, United States Code, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to set aside certain funds to provide parking for commercial motor vehicles on the Federal-aid highway system, and for other purposes.”

I quoted our experience with trying to find truck parking one night when Mike and I were coming out of the northeastern USA.

Under the articles listed immediately below, please see more about what I wrote in my letter.

I also wrote the following in my letter to my Congressman (edited slightly here for clarity):

The problem with truck parking has gotten worse since our experience in 2010, especially since the Hours of Service regulations were changed in 2013.

An examination of the U.S. Constitution will reveal that there is no provision for the federal government to create or maintain parking for big trucks.

Per the 10th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, truck parking must be left to the states.

The best way to handle the situation of increasing truck parking is to allow the free market to work such that entrepreneurs create truck stops.

One potential solution that I have been suggesting in various places for years is to allow companies to create truck stops in established industrial parks, where big trucks already pick up and deliver freight.

While it is impractical and unfair to expect shippers and receivers to create truck parking on their premises, a related idea is to allow truck stops to be created adjacent to industrial facilities, distribution centers, and retail centers.

Assuming that there is an established “Federal-aid highway system,” the best way for Congress to address increasing truck parking (according to the Constitution) is to encourage states to create “truck-friendly” environments.


For reference purposes, “one trillion” has 4 groups of 3 zeros in it, written out this way:


So, $2 trillion is written out like this:


At least one article linked below says that the infrastructure plan “directs billions to health care,” which of course has nothing to do with infrastructure.

The unconstitutionality of this bill needs to be addressed.

If you’re an owner-operator, speak out about the 2T plan to tax businesses!



2. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, drones, and last mile:

Autonomous vehicles

As I am adamantly opposed to autonomous, driverless, or self-driving big trucks, I am sharing these articles solely to help you stay current with the news.

Electric vehicles


Last mile

There are at least two different frames of reference on this subject:

  • Letting truckers drop trailers at an agreed-upon location, in order to avoid lengthy wait times in docks and keep earning money; and
  • Letting autonomous tractors drop trailers so that human truckers can pick them up and take them to shippers and receivers.

Some time back, I spoke with a female trucker who was unloading a smaller truck at a local store.

The truck she drove bore the label “last mile” and I asked her if all she did was literally in the last mile of the trip prior to delivery.

She laughed and said, “No!” and then proceeded to share just a little bit.

So, different companies may have different views about this.


3. Regarding pay, rates, tolls, costs, and VMT:





VMT (Vehicle Miles Traveled) Tax


4. Regarding drugs, smuggling, DUI, and alcohol:


Never agree to haul drugs for anyone, no matter how much you have been promised.


I am concerned that humans could be smuggled in trailers truly without a trucker’s knowledge.

What are some safety precautions that truckers can take to prevent this — even if a trailer is sealed?

Please comment below. Thanks.


Never drink alcohol and then drive — especially a big rig!


If one drinks alcoholic beverages, at least don’t bring it into your tractor.

And make sure you’re completely sober before you start to drive!


5. Regarding Run on Less, fuel, and CARB:

Run on Less




6. Regarding truckers, retention, employment, and COVID-19:


The reason why gamers may be selected for this is so that they can take over autonomous trucks.

Be on your guard!




The National Vaccine Information Center reported from the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) that between December 14, 2020, and March 26, 2021 — and following COVID vaccines — there have been:

Remember that there is a 99% chance of recovery from COVID-19 and that you can boost your God-given immune system in order to help you stay healthy.

I strongly urge you to consider not getting the vaccine, no matter how much money you are promised.

You can always delay getting this injection, but once you get it, it is irreversible.

Meanwhile, here is what is happening with it in the trucking industry.


7. Regarding inspections, equipment, and recall:


You can’t go wrong when you’re always ready for an inspection.




8. Regarding theft, cargo insurance, congestion, pricing, and cryptocurrency:


Cargo insurance

I’d like to hear from an owner-operator about how well cargo insurance works.

Please comment below. Thanks.

Congestion pricing



9. Regarding technology, chips, business, and ELDs:



Have you been inconvenienced because of the chip shortage?

If so, how?

Please comment below. Thanks.




10. Regarding economy, efficiency, and operations:



But please don’t be in such a hurry that you take shortcuts or cause an accident.



11. Regarding accidents, accidents with hazmat, and weather:


Please learn from the articles below so that you are less likely to be involved in an accident.

Accidents with hazmat

It was a bad week for accidents with hazmat loads.

If you haul hazardous materials, please be doubly mindful of your obligation to safety.



12. Regarding awards and recognition:

We congratulate truckers who have developed trucking skills or achieved milestones.

We recognize and thank those who have helped 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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