TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2021.06.26

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending June 26, 2021.

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


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding AB5, lawsuit, and cyberattack:


While I am a firm proponent of the Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States — which basically says that whatever is not an enumerated power given to the federal government in the Constitution is left up to the states and the people — AB5 is one of those state laws (in my opinion) that needs to be overridden on constitutional grounds.

Frankly, I’m surprised more Californians didn’t erupt over AB5!



  • Colonial Pipeline Sued for Gas Crisis From Ransomware AttackBelow, there is an article about “Bringing cloud-based platforms to companies across the globe,” but one must remember that anything that is stored “in the cloud” (on the Internet) is subject to being hacked.Why didn’t Colonial Pipeline do a better job of securing their technology?Or was this cyberattack a deliberate plan by insiders?


2. Regarding accidents, staged accidents, and drugs:


Please learn what you can from these reports of accidents and actively seek to avoid getting into the same kind of circumstances or situations that led up to the accidents.

Staged accidents

I prayed for vindication and justice in this case — and it is happening!


Never, ever agree to haul illegal drugs in your truck or trailer or both!

Doing so can ruin your freedom, family, CDL, and trucking career!


3. Regarding autonomous vehicles:

I am totally opposed to self-driving, driverless, or autonomous trucks.

However, I am sharing these articles to help you stay current with the news on this topic.


4. Regarding bridge and ports:


How much time and/or money have you lost from having to “go around” the bridge over I-40 due to the crack?

Please let us know through the form below.



5. Regarding blind spots, operations, and parking:

Blind spots

Every truck has blind spots, although trucks with mirrors may have more or larger blind spots than those with camera technology.


Continually sharpen your trucking skills.

Save money as often as it is reasonable to do so.


Pay attention to changes in truck parking.

Many truckers use Smartphone apps to help them find parking for big rigs.


6. Regarding employment, economy, and supply chain:



These are some of the most recent articles regarding the economy from the trucking industry’s perspective.

Supply chain


7. Regarding fuel:

Why is it that — post-cyberattack on the East Coast — Colorado is the only state that I have heard of having fuel shortages?

Something seems amiss…


8. Regarding inspections, maintenance, and oil:


When, maintenance-wise, you’re always ready for a truck inspection, there is nothing about which to worry!



Read and learn…


9. Regarding surcharge, tolls, and theft:



Toll receipts and charges are among the papers and records that you should regularly review.



10. Regarding exams and technology:




11. Regarding protests:


12. Regarding award:

We congratulate and recognize every trucker who has gone above and beyond the call of duty!


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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