TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2021.10.30

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending October 30, 2021.

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


TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding COVID-19, containers, ports, and supply chain:

All of these topics are intertwined, what with people falling ill or dying as a result of the jabs or people being fired for not accepting one or more jabs.


Let’s hope that truckers hold firm and are not bullied or coerced into taking a potentially life-altering jab.


To the best of my knowledge, the only water-related things that Congress has the power over are:

  • “To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water;” and
  • “To provide and maintain a Navy”;

not to oversee containers, the ports, or the supply chain.

Certainly, The Constitution of the United States does not give the President of the United States of America this power.


Supply chain


2. Regarding accidents, accidents – hearing, and fatalities:


Please learn from these articles what preceded each large truck accident and determine to the extent possible never to get involved in the same set-up.

Accidents – hearing

OK, so a trucker has been blamed for being in an accident while wearing noise-cancelling headphones.

In other words, supposedly because he couldn’t hear, he is being blamed for being involved in a fatal accident.

How is this any different from deaf individuals being allowed to get Commercial Drivers Licenses, news of which includes the following:



According to an April 28, 2021, article: “Vaccidents” now wrecking roadways with stroked-out vaccine takers who lose brain function behind the wheel:

As post-vaccine deaths are now ravaging India and Brazil, across the United States people are noticing a sudden surge in automobile accidents on roadways. People are driving off the roads and striking trees. They’re veering into other cars for head-on collisions. And they are apparently losing cognitive function while behind the wheel.

If this is true, then prepare for an even heavier number of traffic-related deaths this fall and winter as “ant!b0dy dep3ndent enh@ncement”* ramps up in earnest.

* purposely misspelled


3. Regarding technology, cyberattack, and cyberattack – FMCSA:



Cyberattack – FMCSA

If the FMCSA cannot protect itself against cyberattacks, what business does the organization have with telling others how to protect themselves against cyber threats and attacks.


4. Regarding ATRI, drugs, and smuggling:


Results of how their most recent set of questions were answered:


Never, ever agree to haul illegal drugs, no matter the incentive or promised payout.


Never, ever agree to haul people like cattle or cargo, no matter the incentive or promised payout.


5. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel, fuel economy, carbon, emissions, and Tesla:

Autonomous vehicles

I adamantly oppose self-driving, autonomous, or driverless vehicles — especially Commercial Motor Vehicles sharing the roads with the motoring public — but share these articles as a courtesy to keep you informed.

Electric vehicles


Fuel economy




Please bear these things in mind regarding autonomous vehicles.


6. Regarding employment, pay, lottery, rates, and tolls:



Please also see the section on this page about ATRI’s findings regarding pay.


Let’s hope that the winner has the financial discipline to spend the money wisely.




7. Regarding economy, ELDs, and IFTA:


These are some of the most recent articles about the economy from the perspective of the trucking industry.




8. Regarding inspections, insurance, and visibility:


If you’re always ready for an inspection, you’ll never be caught off-guard.




9. Regarding driving, cargo theft, parking, and Navistar:


Cargo theft

Please do your utmost to reduce the chance for cargo theft happening to your rig.




10. Regarding protests, roads, and weather:


Even though I am not in favor of the federal government having these departments or agencies, where are the DOT and FMCSA on these events?




11. Regarding trucks and washroom:



Last week, there were articles about this topic that I did not include in my trucking commentary.

For local truckers driving daycabs, “washroom access” is of big importance.

For regional and OTR truckers, assuming their trucking companies permit them, we strongly recommend having a well-kept portable toilet in-truck.

I list here one such portable toilet from, with which we have an affiliate relationship:


12. Regarding awards and freebies:


Congratulations to every nominee and winner of a trucking-related award, recognition, or designation!



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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