This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending September 11, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding September 11, trucker appreciation, and COVID-19:
September 11 / aka “9/11”
Please be ultra careful this weekend as there may be false flag operations or other violence committed in connection with the 20th anniversary of the attacks that took place on September 11, 2001.
Here’s one article about this event from a trucker’s perspective:
Trucker appreciation (National Truck Driver Appreciation Week)
“Thank you, truckers! We are grateful for all you do year-round to transport the world’s freight safely, efficiently and on-time. We wish you safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.”
— Mike and Vicki Simons
Here are the most recent articles covering National Truck Driver Appreciation Week:
- C.H. Robinson encourages thanks to truckers; also giving away $50,000
- Celebrations abound in recognition of truckers
- National Trucking Week honors the men and women of the trucking industry
- Shell offers drivers free coffee, pastry
- TA/Petro to show truckers appreciation next week
When you read through the Constitution of the United States, you will never find that the President has been given the authority to require anyone to get a medical intervention.
Let me briefly summarize some information:
- Our rights come from our Creator, God, not from man, the Constitution, or any level of government.
- Our rights are unalienable, meaning that they are not transferable to someone else and cannot be taken away or denied.
- Governments are instituted among men to secure our God-given rights and they are to have “just powers,” meaning that they must be based on truth and what is right and correct in the eyes of our Creator.
- God established 4 realms of government to which He delegates authority: self, family, church, and civil.
- Each of the 4 realms of government has its own role, function, jurisdiction, position, and delegated authority from God.
- No one from any one realm of government may invade on the jurisdiction of any other realm.
- If an invasion occurs, tyranny can ensue!
- If one or more jabs are required for employment, this is a form of civil government invading the realm of self-government!
- All businesses must abide by the law, not Executive Orders, guidance, or “guidelines” that are outside the law.
- If businesses enforce unlawful edicts from the government, they are acting as an extension of the civil government.
- The powers of civil government come from the consent of the governed and must never violate the authority given by our Creator!
- The President does not have the authority to create committees or task forces that violate our God-given rights.
- Numerous national “departments” and “agencies” — and therefore any “guidelines” they issue — are unconstitutional, including the CDC and FDA. According to the Tenth Amendment, the actions they take are the jurisdiction of the states and the people.
The Declaration of Independence says in part:
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,
The Constitution of the United States, Article VI, Paragraph 2, states in part:
This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; … shall be the supreme Law of the Land…
The Bill of Rights, Amendment V, states in part:
No person shall be … deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…
With that being spelled out, here are some of the most recent articles about a push to get truckers (and others) vaccinated:
- A third of drivers would say ‘Fire me!’ if required to get COVID jab
- Biden Issues Vaccine Mandate for Private Companies
- Biden orders employee vaccine mandates for companies with more than 100 workers
- Biden plan requires vaccination or testing for firms with 100+ employees
- Biden to Impose Huge Fines on Private Businesses Unless Employees Are Vaccinated
- Biden vaccine mandate may worsen low driver retention rates
- COVID-19 vaccine offers at Iowa 80 Truckstop
- How Biden’s vaccine mandate could impact owner-ops, independents
- Trucking fleets reluctant to mandate vaccine
- Viewpoint: Living proof of COVID vaccine’s death-defying power
- Viewpoint: Politicians’ no-risk approach to COVID is itself risky
- White House wants billions for vaccine, PPE supply chains
2. Regarding accidents, accident at scale house, and accident with a train:
- Experts say these steps can prevent legal risks in truck crashes
- Unsafe speeds responsible for 29% of fatal crashes, OSHP claims
Accident at scale house
- Troopers say medical emergency may have caused trucker’s crash into Indiana scale house
- Truck driver dead after crashing into scale house at Indiana weigh station
- Trucker dies after crashing into scalehouse on I-74
- Trucker killed in Indiana crash
Please be aware that VAERS shows that hundreds of thousands of people have had adverse events — and thousands of people have died — in the United States since having gotten one or more jabs.
Accident with a train
Never, ever play chicken with a train!
- Sheriff says trucker parked on tracks waiting for traffic prior to fatal train vs. semi crash
- Truck driver killed in Texas after collision with freight train
- Trucker killed after rig hit by train
3. Regarding ATRI, operations, deaths, and distracted driving:
- ATRI asks members of trucking industry to rank top concerns
- ATRI wants to hear drivers’ top trucking concerns
- Here’s your chance to say what bothers you most about trucking
- Chemical identified in tanker cleaning incident that left two dead, four injured
- Missouri trucker charged in double homicide found dead of apparent suicide
- NHTSA data suggests high deaths climbing
- Traffic Deaths Rise in Q1 Despite Decline in Miles
4. Regarding roads and weather:
- Detour around planned closure of US 60 in Arizona to add extra hour of travel, 10% grade
- Lane restrictions and 224 mile oversize truck detour to begin on busy truck corridor in Arizona tomorrow
- Hurricane Ida Disrupts Trucking Industry
- Lawmakers Say Ida Shows Need for Infrastructure
- Lawmakers: Ida damage shows need for infrastructure upgrades
- No Hurricane Has Hit US Energy Markets Like Ida Has
5. Regarding economy, rates, pay, per diem:
These are some of the most recent articles about the economy from the trucking industry’s perspective.
- FTR’s Trucking Outlook: What the Numbers Say About Freight, Rates, and Drivers
- Industry Intelligence Report: Understanding the Present to Predict the Future
- Producer Prices Jump 8.3% in August
- Transportation capacity dips further, prices keep surging
- Union Pacific Sees Stubborn Inflation, From Rails to Lawn Mowing
- California Supreme Court settles pay rate for missed meal, rest and recovery periods
- IRS boosts per diem rate
- IRS per diem rate going up by $3 next month
- Per diem rates for truck drivers to increase starting in October
6. Regarding employment, recruiting, retention, and peak:
- Daily Infographic: Trucking posts 5,400-job gain; warehouse employment soars
- Postal Service plans on hiring more than 40,000 seasonal workers
- UPS to Hire 100,000, Many in 30 Minutes or Less
- Discover 3 strategies to enhance your driver retention efforts
- Leveraging driver choice to recruit, retain and produce
- What Can Freight Companies Do To Improve Truck Driver Retention?
- Peak shipping season in with a roar at Port of Long Beach
- UPS to hire more than 100K seasonal workers for peak
7. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, emissions, and fuel:
I strongly oppose autonomous, driverless, or self-driving vehicles — especially Commercial Motor Vehicles and those that share roads with the motoring public.
I share these articles as a courtesy to our readers.
- GM siblings BrightDrop and Cruise Automation talking about driverless delivery
- Hyundai reveals autonomous, hydrogen-powered trucking concept
- NYC Unveils Plan for EV Charging Network
- Run on Less — Electric Now on the Road
- Toyota Spends $13.7B to Secure EV Battery Supplies
- VTNA Plant to Be Supplied Using VNR Electric Trucks
- What Will Electrification Mean for Truck Tires?
- Odyssey Logistics’ sustainability program targets emissions, inefficiency in supply chain
- Shell, Meritor Make Case for Lower Emissions
- California Natural Gas Prices Hit Highest Since Texas Crisis
- Chart Offers Liquid Hydrogen Fuel System
- Diesel Exhaust Fluid Sensor Failures Curb Trucks
- Diesel prices are higher across the board Land Line
- Diesel Rises 3.4¢ to $3.373 a Gallon
- DOE/EIA diesel price jumps to level not seen in almost 3 years
- EIA updates crude oil forecast after Hurricane Ida
- Fuel tax increase effort returns in Alaska
8. Regarding solar, technology, repair, and shortage:
I envision a day when truck trailer roofs will have almost nothing on top except for solar panels to collect energy.
Here are a couple of articles about solar power from the trucking industry’s perspective.
- Solar-Powered Truckstop for Electric Truck Charging to Break Ground this Fall
- WattEV Plans Solar-Powered Truck Stop
- 3G Cellular Network Sunsetting Raises Concerns in Trucking
- Claims of ransomware attacks on factoring firm eCapital shrouded in mystery
- Auto Care Association Campaigns for Right to Repair HD Trucks
- EPA slaps diesel repair shops with fines for ‘defeat device’ violations
9. Regarding inspections, insurance, and tolls:
Continually be prepared for an inspection and you will never be surprised.
- A $1 billion verdict cannot justify increasing insurance minimums
- Innovative technology gives carriers the power to lower insurance rates in real time
- Tips to avoid over-insuring your trucking business
10. Regarding lawsuits and lottery:
Let’s hope he has discipline regarding his finances.
11. Regarding same day delivery, violations, and violence:
Same day delivery
- Driver barred from driving truck in interstate commerce after Vermont crash
- FMCSA declares Massachusetts truck driver an imminent hazard
- FMCSA shuts down Massachusetts trucker after DUI crash
- Massachusetts driver declared imminent hazard Land Line
- Massachusetts truck driver ordered off the road for alcohol violations, fleeing on foot after hitting pole
- Truck driver shut down by FMCSA after crash, failed breathalyzer tests
How can one avoid being hit by objects thrown from overpasses?
12. Regarding award:
Congratulations to all truckers are in the running to win an award, have already won one, or have reached milestones in one’s trucking career!
- 90-year-old trucker retires after 65-year career
- Addis Tekelu: Highway Angel
- Finalists named for Transition Trucking military vet rookie trucker award
- First inductees into new trucking hall of fame announced; ceremony Oct. 15
- Trucking HR Canada recognizes top trucking employers
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.