TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2021.10.09

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending October 9, 2021.

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


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1. Regarding inspections and accidents:


As I have often written, always be prepared for an inspection and you will never be caught off-guard.


Our deepest condolences go to the family of this trucker.

There is no indication in either article why the trucker who crashed did not slow down when traffic ahead was backed up.

Please do not get distracted when you drive.

Also, on May 11, 2021, the following article was written:
VACCIDENT ALERT: Vehicle accidents caused by vaccine side effects happening all over US roads and highways.

If you are involved in an accident, I encourage you to find out if the driver of the other vehicle has ever been vaccinated or was wearing a face mask at the time the accident took place.

2. Regarding capacity, supply chain, COVID-19, and Black Friday:


Supply chain

The following is on the Federal Register and I encourage you to write and submit a comment before the deadline (10/18/2021):

America’s Supply Chains and the Transportation Industrial Base.

It is my personal opinion based on the recovery rate from COVID-19 that many supply chain issues are due to:

  • A high rate of false positives from a test that was never meant to be used for diagnostic purposes, which are pushing people to be quarantined when they don’t need to be; and
  • Adverse events and deaths from those who have gotten a CV jab (no matter who the manufacturer is).

Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent trucking-related articles about the supply chain.


A careful reading of The Constitution of the United States reveals the powers granted to those in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches of the federal government.

While some would say that there is no “constitutional right” against getting an injection, I must remind you that:

  • Our rights come from our Creator, not from the Constitution, man, or any level of government; and
  • Nowhere in the Constitution is the power to give injections specifically granted to anyone!

Amendment 14, Section 1, of the Constitution reads (emphasis added):

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

Those who say that we have to give up individual rights for the “collective good” forget that God didn’t give rights to groups but rather to individuals — and that those rights are unalienable.

Do not be intimidated, bullied or coerced into taking a jab that has injured hundreds of thousands of people and led to the deaths of many thousands.

Black Friday

Well, the first Monday in October was the 4th and Black Friday 2021 falls on November 26.

So, this is jumping the holiday shopping season ahead by 53 days.


3. Regarding AB5, lawsuit, insurance, and business:






4. Regarding fuel and autonomous vehicles:


Autonomous vehicles

I am adamantly opposed to self-driving, driverless, or autonomous vehicles — especially Commercial Motor Vehicles — on roads with the motoring public, but am sharing these articles as a courtesy in order to help our readers stay current with the news.

Quote from article:

“The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that thousands of crashes involving Level 2 autonomous vehicles will occur each year in addition to 200 crashes involving Level 3-5 autonomous vehicles.”


5. Regarding economy, employment, and savings:



In my opinion, as more and more people become physically disabled or die from the CV jab, employment numbers are going to skew, as:

  • Jobs will go unfilled; and
  • Businesses scramble to stay afloat financially.

These are the most recent employment articles from trucking sources.



6. Regarding batteries, brakes, tires, and repair:



Caption of photo at top of page:

“As autonomous technology and electric truck adoption advance, brakes need to change.”




7. Regarding technology, cyberattacks and chips:




Recently, my husband Mike and I went to our car dealership of choice in order to get our car serviced.

As soon as I rounded the corner into the waiting area, I asked where all the cars were.

Our Service Consultant said that they couldn’t get any new vehicles because of the “chip shortage.”

Well, as an analytically-minded person, I opined out loud that there had to be an American manufacturer who could supply the chips that are needed.

Knowing that my knowledge on this topic is limited, when I got home, I started to look up some information and I found these resources (among others):

OK, so if there are semiconductor manufacturing companies in the USA, why do we still have a chip shortage?

Here are the most recent articles on this topic from trucking sources:


8. Regarding rates, tolls, and retention:





9. Regarding distracted driving and operations:

Distracted driving

You have control over the distractions inside your truck, so please do whatever is necessary to eliminate as many of them as you can!


Please pay attention to all aspects of your truck operation, including load securement.


10. Regarding hitchhiker, smuggling, and drugs:


While our condolences go to the family of the person who died, I’m sorry to say that it was only a matter of time until this happened.

If a person can be ticketed for not wearing a seat belt inside one’s own vehicle, then it should be illegal to hop on the outside of any vehicle as a hitchhiker or stowaway.


Never, ever agree to haul humans as you do cargo, no matter how much you are offered.


Never, ever agree to haul illegal drugs, no matter how much incentive there is.


11. Regarding roads and winter:


Our condolences go to the family of the person who was killed.



12. Regarding awards:

It’s an honor to be nominated for a trucking award — and we congratulate all nominees.

We extend our hearty congratulations to all truckers who achieved milestones!

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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