This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending October 2, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding electric, electric – tax, fuel – diesel, and fuel – hydrogen:
Be watching for charging stations of the future to be able to quickly recharge Commercial Motor Vehicles.
I wonder if truck stops will become equipped with charging stations, similar to the way that trucks can get IdleAir connectivity.
Electric – tax
An email that we received from ATRI on Wednesday, September 29. 2021, stated:
The American Transportation Research Institute today released research that describes a framework for electric vehicle (EV) taxation to support transportation infrastructure. Through a small tax on the electricity that is used in transportation, the report identifies an approach to efficiently connecting the growing number of U.S. electric vehicles with highway trust fund (HTF) revenue streams.
I feel compelled to point out the description: “small tax.”
Farther down in the email, we read:
The report suggests that U.S. electric utilities are well equipped to begin collection of a per-kWh charge of 2.1 cents for transportation-related electricity consumption in the coming years.
I wondered how this would compare to the cost of electricity to power homes and businesses, and found a “Table of Average Electricity Rates by State.”
As of the time the data was collected (October 1, 2021 for September 2021’s rates), the cost of electricity ranged:
- from a low of 9.37¢ / kWh in Louisiana;
- to a high of 19.90¢ / kWh in California.
I’m going to hazard a guess that in the future, the cost to charge an electric vehicle is going to vary by state and locale — similar to the way the cost of fuel varies by state and locale.
Here are more articles on this topic:
- ATRI Urges Electric Tax to Help Fund Highways
- ATRI: Electric Vehicles Could Contribute to Highway Trust Fund
- Report: Electric vehicle tax could revive Highway Trust Fund
- Trucking Think Tank Floats ‘Electricity Tax’ for Electric Vehicles Instead of Mileage Fee
Fuel – diesel
- Diesel Bumps Up 2.1¢ to $3.406 a Gallon
- Diesel increases to highest national average since 2014
- Diesel prices mostly up again this week
- National On-Highway Diesel Price Soars to Highest Point Since 2014
- Weekly retail diesel price harkens back to 2014 levels
- Where to Now for Diesels?
Fuel – hydrogen
I think it would be super if one day, machines installed on trucks could take hydrogen from the air, concentrate it on the fly, and power both tractors (and refrigerated trailers) as they need it.
Talk about energy independence!
- California Rolls Out Hydrogen Fuel Transition Plan
- Nikola, Opal to Build Hydrogen Fueling Stations
- Would Converting To Hydrogen Fueled Semis Benefit Trucking Industry?
2. Regarding pre-trip, recall, winter, inspection, and taxes:
If you need a pre-trip inspection guide, get ours through our Free Downloads.
If your truck is on the recall list, please have it attended to as soon as possible.
- 5 fires lead Daimler to recall certain 2022 Freightliner Cascadias
- Daimler recalling Cascadia rigs over exhaust issue
- Daimler recalls over 450 Freightliner Cascadias for exhaust issue
- Hundreds of Cascadias recalled for exhaust defect that could spark a fire
- Hundreds of Freightliner Cascadias Recalled Due to Fire Risk From Faulty Exhaust System
- Possible exhaust problem means recall for 460 Cascadias
- Alabama fuel tax rates increase Oct. 1
- Missouri fuel tax increase in effect Oct. 1
- New Jersey fuel tax rates head down starting Oct. 1
- Raimondo Says CEOs More Reasonable on Taxes Than Lobbyists
3. Regarding accident, accident – animal, accident – Colorado, accident – sleep, and accident – train:
Please look at the articles listed here so that you don’t fall into the same circumstance that led up to the cited accident.
- Speed and brake failure possible factors in Wolf Creek Pass crash that killed truck driver
- VIDEO: Here’s a big time dump truck unloading fail
Accident – animal rights protester
Accident – Colorado
Accident – sleep
- Mass. State Trooper injured after trucker falls asleep at wheel
- Massachusetts trooper injured after semi strikes cruiser
Accident – train
4. Regarding peak and same day delivery:
Same day delivery
5. Regarding autonomous vehicles, technology, and cyberattack:
- Autonomous truck pilot includes Paccar, Aurora and FedEx collab
- Daimler, Torc Continue Autonomous Truck Collab
- Embark, Ryder Partner on Nationwide Autonomous Fleet Network
- FedEx testing autonomous tech on Texas interstate
- Feds predict at least 200 automated vehicle crashes annually
- Former DTNA CEO joins autonomous tech company board
- Goodyear Invests in Autonomous Trucking Company Gatik
- New video shows off self-driving Volvo VNL prototype
- Paccar, Aurora, Fedex Pilot Autonomous Linehaul Trucking Operation
- Plus delivering autonomous systems in China after equipping Amazon trucks in US
- Plus’s autonomous trucking tech speeds to production
- Q&A: Kodiak’s Next-Gen Autonomous Truck
- Trucking Group Pushes USDOT to Help ‘Accelerate’ Deployment of Driverless Trucks
- VIDEO: Volvo Unveils Prototype of First On-Highway Autonomous Semi-Truck
- Volvo Autonomous Solutions shows autonomous VNL prototype
- Volvo Reveals Prototype Autonomous Truck for North America
- Why Locomation’s autonomous trucks are good for truck drivers
- B.C. offering fleets $100K for fuel-saving tech
- Drilling Deep: Whose data is it anyway?
- How Telematics are Changing the Cold Chain
- How Telematics is Transforming Trailers
- No better time than now to adopt new technologies
- States pursue action on ticket cameras
- Top Tips for Managing Truck Technology
- 6 ways to protect against a cyberattack
- Cyberattack thwarted at Port Houston
- Port of Houston Fended Off Hacking Attempt
- Ransomware attack on Forward Air may have exposed sensitive employee data
6. Regarding AB5, legal, lawsuit, and theft:
- Be prepared, attorneys say: More driver classification suits coming
- Jury awards millions in deadly semi wreck
- Trucking Defense Lawyers Confront Jury Attitudes About Fleets, Drivers
7. Regarding operations, emissions, hitchhiker, cheaters, and out-of-service:
- H2: Zero-Emissions Holy Grail?
- New York State: New Trucks to Emit Zero Emissions by 2045
- Pandemic Shopping Spree Fuels Rebound in Shipping Emissions
- Push to speed zero-emission truck sales in works
- The journey to emissions reduction
- Atlanta P.D. issues new warning about disturbing semi truck stowaway social media ‘game’
- Atlanta PD issues warning about big rig stowaways
- Dangerous game targeting trucks in Atlanta area
- FMCSA declares New York trucker an imminent hazard
- FMCSA Shuts Down Trucker Who Was Drunk at Time of Crash Then Left the Scene
- Imminent hazard declaration follows N.Y. driver’s crash
- New York truck driver ordered out of service for fleeing crash scene, alcohol violations
- New York-based trucker shut down after hit-and-run crash
- NY driver shut down by FMCSA after crash in Michigan
8. Regarding inflation, pay, cash seizure, quit, rates, VMT and tolls:
- Inflation Is Seen Pushing Online Holiday Sales to $1.2 Trillion
- Orders for Business Equipment Rise for Sixth Straight Month
- Average annual driver salaries have cracked $70k: ATBS’s Amen
- Large fleets see productivity drop after increasing driver pay
- ACT: Freight volumes, rates remain strong despite August dip
- Pricing power firmly in carriers’ hands as rates snap back
9. Regarding COVID-19, protest, drugs, and safety:
- 5 ways pandemic responses led to positive changes in trucking
- Does a vaccine mandate violate employees’ constitutional rights?
The attorney who wrote this article is mistaken because the Constitution of the United States does not grant us any rights.
We read in the Declaration of Independence that our Creator endowed us with unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that governments are instituted among men to secure our rights.
Furthermore, federal law (42 U.S. Code §2000a–1) states that “All persons shall be entitled to be free, at any establishment or place, from discrimination or segregation of any kind on the ground of … religion … .”
– 1 Corinthians 3:16 states, “Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” and
– 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 states, “Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and that you are not your own? For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.”
If an injection contains aborted fetal cells (or material derived from such cells), then taking that into your body is basically an agreement with the murder of the child (no matter how long ago it happened).
Consider also the number of people who have experienced adverse events or have died after having received a jab.
- How small fleets might benefit from a COVID vax/test mandate
- New Poll Reveals If Americans Believe Workers Should Be Fired For Refusing COVID Vaccine
- Thousands of ‘Essential’ Workers Are Being Fired Due to Vaccine Mandates… Are Truckers Next?
- What Will COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate Mean for Trucking?
- Ohio prosecutor warns that truckers who shut down highway ‘will go to jail’ ahead of planned vaccine mandate protests
Never agree to haul illegal drugs, no matter how much you are promised.
- $24 million in meth seized from semi trailer at Texas checkpoint
- Border bust nets $24M in meth from big rig
- Border Patrol Seizes $24 MILLION in Meth Hidden in Big Rig’s Trailer Walls
- Feds seize $228K in undeclared cash following CMV inspections at Canadian border
- Missouri trucker arrested on drug charges
10. Regarding economy, used truck, batteries, tires, and supply chain:
- Battery-Electric Trucks: Maintenance 101
- Ford Plans Three EV Battery Factories, Auto Plant in Ky., Tenn.
- Mercedes-Benz Plans $8.2B European Battery Venture
Part of the problem with the supply chain is due to people being thrust out of their jobs because they value their health freedom more than they want to comply with getting a jab.
Most of these people didn’t and don’t want to lose their jobs.
Many of them know what is at stake. (Deliberate [misspellings] are intentional.)
Citing this article:
… After 2000, scientists made many attempts to create [c0ronav!rus vaxxines]. For the past 20 years, all ended in failure because the animals in the clinical trials got very sick and many died, just like the children in the 1960s. …
The typical pattern in the studies referenced above is that the children and the animals produced beautiful [ant!b0dy responses after being [vaxxinated]. The manufacturers thought they hit the jackpot.
The problem came when the children and animals were exposed to the wild version of the virus.
When that happened, an unexplained phenomenon called ant!b0dy dependent enhancement, also known as [vaxxine] enhanced disease, occurred where the immune system produced a “cytokine storm” (i.e. overwhelmingly attacked the body) and the children/animals died. …
If this is true, then we may end up seeing a large number of [vaxxinated] people becoming very sick and dying over the next 2, 3, or maybe 5 years.
- Costco Limits Paper Products, Water Due to Supply Chain Delays
- Is it lights out for supply chain?
- Supply chain woes drag down Nike sales
- Supply chains prepare for peak-season tightness
- Transport heads want solutions to ‘resolve’ supply chain crisis
- USPS Mail, Small Package Delivery May Take Longer as of Oct. 1
- Viewpoint: 4 steps to make your supply chain climate-resilient
- White Paper: What does it mean to optimize a supply chain?
- Why are supply chains so messed up?
11. Regarding DOT physical, CPAP, training, and shortage:
- FMCSA Advised to Give Drivers 90 Days to Replace Recalled CPAP Devices
- FMCSA fails to reach agreement on truckers’ recalled CPAPs
- How to Prepare for the New Entry-Level Driver Training Rule
- The 5 stages of successful driver coaching
- August data shows truck production still constrained by parts shortages
- Costco cites ‘truck and driver shortages’ in decision to limit toilet paper sales
- Driver recruitment, retention require multifaceted approach
- Successful driver recruitment is multifaceted issue
- UK Scrambles for Truckers Amid Supply Woes
12. Regarding awards and recognition:
Congratulations to all truckers who have achieved safety milestones and won other awards!
- Bison, FTC win top safety awards at TCA convention
- Bryan Smith bags $25K prize from TCA/Overdrive
- Landstar owner-op wins new KW in annual giveaway
- Nominations open for Safety Star award for drivers
- Texas trucker wins new Kenworth T680 in Landstar giveaway
- Texas trucker with 4 million safe miles under his belt has just one piece of advice
- Wilson’s Betty Aragon named TCA/Truckers News Company Driver of the Year
I’m glad when truckers get positive praise.
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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