This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending December 11, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding supply chain, capacity, ports, National Guard, and border:
The supply chain issue is complex, but it has been exacerbated by people being fired or somehow relieved of their job duties due to ridiculous “mandates” that don’t protect anyone and only make the issues we face more difficult.
- 12 Transportation KPIs Supply Chain Leaders Are Using More This Year
- ATA Expresses Supply Chain Concerns Before Panel
- Averitt Leverages Cross-Docking to Address Supply Chain Issues
- Cummins playing supply chain whack-a-mole for everything but semiconductors
- EKA Logistics Capital Offers Financial Services for Small-Business Supply Chain Companies
- FOX BUSINESS: Steve Forbes Argues Biden is Only Making Supply Chain Woes Worse
- FTC, White House Still Searching for Supply Chain Answers
- HDT’s 2021 Newsmaker of the Year: Supply Chain Crisis
- North Carolina Adds 330-Acre Intermodal Supply Chain Facility
- ‘Perfect Storm Brewing’ For Cross-Border Supply Chain Breakdown
- Senate Panel Examines Supply Chain Disruptions
- White House port envoy details strategy for supply chain fluidity
- MIT Researcher Says U.S. Truck Capacity Utilization Woefully Inefficient
- Thanksgiving noise gone, difficult capacity conditions continue
- Transportation, warehouse capacity lacking, costs soar in November
- What Do New Small Carriers Mean For Trucking Capacity?
- Biden-backed plan to clear California port congestion stalls
- Check Call: More delays expected but not at the ports
- Daily Infographic: 96 container ships are waiting to dock at SoCal ports
- It’s official: 96 container ships are waiting to dock at SoCal ports
- Just in case: Port crisis could alter logistics landscape forever
- LA/Long Beach delay port congestion fees again
- PBS NewsHour: Analyzing the shipping backlog from one of America’s busiest ports
- Port of Savannah accelerating expansion amid cargo surge
- Port of Savannah ramps up container capacity as cargo delays ease
- Port of Vancouver ship backlog hits 60
- S.C. Ports Authority Delays Updating Chassis Pool To Service Charleston, Again
- Union leaders “don’t blame” truckers for not showing up to “rotten” port trucking system
- Unprecedented’ import volume propels South Carolina Ports to all-time record
I saw the first article listed in this section and had to go looking for information about what the Army National Guard actually does.
While the National Guard is supposed to help in an “emergency,” I’m not sure that helping out with America’s ports constitutes an emergency.
Furthermore, is port or dock work a proper use of the Army National Guard?
When delays like this happen — whether at a border, a port, or just because of bad weather — wouldn’t it be a good idea to know how to earn a second income from the cab of your truck?
2. Regarding COVID-19, employment, detention, retention, and shortage:
The information on this topic changes daily, so please stay current.
Upholding the spirit of freedom and liberty, I absolutely oppose mandatory jabs in order to stay employed or travel.
Once a poisonous substance has been injected into your body, it may be impossible to reverse its effects.
As of the time when this is being written, it has been reported that there have been:
- 19,886 COVID Vaccine Reported Deaths; and
- 946,461 COVID Vaccine Adverse Event Reports.
Do your due diligence before you accept a jab.
And please remember that the goalposts have been continually moved since this whole ordeal began.
Your acceptance of one jab may imply your consent to accept more and more jabs, ad infinitum, ad nauseum.
If your employer is offering you money to take a jab, please ask them if they are paying for this out of their own pockets or if they are getting the money from another entity.
If the latter, please find out who and report it through the form below.
- All federally regulated truck drivers to face vaccine mandates in 2022
- Biden Vaccine Mandate for Federal Contractors Blocked
- Border Congestion Feared as Vaccination Requirements Change in January
- Canada Continues ArriveCan Education as Border Vaccination Mandate Looms
- Company offers $10,000 to any driver willing to get at least one vaccine dose by mid-January
- Court puts nationwide hold on federal contractor vaccine rule
- Groups urge use of COVID-19 relief funds on supply chain woes
- How COVID fast-tracked power-only opportunity growth in trucking
- New York City announces sweeping vaccine mandate for all private sector employees — trucking included
- NYC to Impose Vaccine Mandate on Private Sector Employers
- NYC to impose vaccine mandate on trucking, other private employers
- Rail unions ask court to force BNSF to negotiate over vaccine mandate
- SC Trucking Association speaking out against bill prohibiting employers from determining their own vaccination policies
- Senate rejects Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses
- Senate Resolution Rejects Vaccine Mandate for Private Employers
- UP, BNSF and NS suspend COVID-19 vaccine mandates
- ATRI: Reclassification Would Decrease Owner-Operator Job Satisfaction, Income
- Businesses Advertise Near-Record 11 Million Open Jobs
- Independent Truck Driver Lobbyist Blasts Lawmakers Over Workforce Solutions
- Jobless Claims Decline to Lowest Level Since 1969
- Owner-operators more satisfied with job than company drivers
- Pilot Raises $1.75 Million in Donations to Help Veterans Find Jobs
- Private Fleet Driver Recruiting: How To Solve the Biggest Hiring Challenges
- Transportation sector jobs seeing surge
- What do you think about changing jobs this time of year?
There are many aspects to the so-called trucker shortage, including (but not limited to):
- involuntary separation from companies due to vaxxine mandates;
- increasing truck regulations;
- not being paid for all work and all waiting time;
- being held responsible for things outside a trucker’s control;
- not being able to find adequate truck parking;
- being required to be away from home for long periods of time; and
- being classified as “unskilled labor” in the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles about this topic:
- Convoy Economist Says Trucker Shortage Is Overblown
- It’s Time to Fix the Driver Shortage [Commentary]
- OOIDA’s message of no driver shortage hits mainstream
- Three glaring problems with ‘driver shortage’ narratives
- Trucker shortage? It’s a point of debate amid supply chain jam – Roll Call
3. Regarding accident, staged, drugs, smuggling, alcohol, stupid, and gotcha:
As you read these articles, please learn what you can so that you will not repeat the actions that led up to the accidents.
Is is possible that a proper pre-trip inspection could have prevented one accident, slowing down could have prevented another, etc.?
- 261 crashes reported in 18 hours during weekend snowstorm in the midwest
- 5 dead, 15 injured after big rig brake failure
- At least 189 crashes plague icy Utah roadways on Thursday
- Motorist’s high speed lane change leads to fatal collision with big rig
- Semi stopped on shoulder sparks three rig, chain reaction crash
- Snow spinouts force closure of I-84 west in Oregon, nearby truck stops full
- Steering wheel comes completely off, crash ejects driver
- VIDEO: Dump truck takes a tumble after zipping around corner
- WATCH: Motorist’s wrong-way collision with semi caught on traffic cam
While I appreciate the effort to do away with staged accidents, this is a matter that needs to be handled on the state level!
- Bill aims to protect truckers by making staged crashes a federal crime
- Proposed federal bill targets staged collisions with trucks
Never, ever agree to haul illegal drugs, no matter how much incentive you are offered!
Never, ever agree to haul illegal aliens, no matter how much incentive you are offered!
- 54 dead, 105 injured after tractor trailer stuffed with migrants crashes in southern Mexico
- At least 49 dead, five dozen injured as semi hauling migrants crashes
- Truck Driver Charged With Human Smuggling Claims He Found Job on Facebook
- Trucker Admits Guilt After Witnesses Say Body Parts Were Hanging Out of Trailer
How is this going to happen?
Is the trucking company going to put a form of a breathalyzer in every truck — and that the vehicle cannot be started if the reading is above a certain level?
If you see someone coming up fast from behind you — even when there is a solid double yellow line separating two lanes — slow down so that the impatient motorist will not involve you in an accident!
Sometimes, things work out just right.
4. Regarding politics, state, weight, violations, prevention, and HOS:
If any of this concerns you, please get in touch with your elected officials!
- ATA President Outlines Trucking Industry Priorities for Congress
- DOT requests public feedback on five-year strategic plan
- How does Biden’s Build Back Better plan affect freight?
- Long-Time Truck Driver Talks Demands and Perils of the Job With Secretary Pete
- Arizona officials pass measures to ease burdens on truckers
- California eyes tough standards for big trucks
- FMCSA shuts down carrier, driver for drug, CDL violations
- Truckers Banned From Crossing ‘Historic’ Bridge, Threatened With $325 Fine
- Hours-of-service challenge laid out in DC appeals court
- Hours-of-service lawsuit targets short haul, break provisions
5. Regarding lawsuit, inspections, and insurance:
It took nearly a year for this woman to file a lawsuit and when she did, she seeks damages only in excess of $75,000 (when it could have been much more!).
- Four-state crackdown on commercial vehicle safety to begin
- Police in These Four States Are Set To Blitz Commercial Vehicles This Week
- Troopers in four states stage enforcement blitz this week
- Western roadside inspections increasingly targeted
6. Regarding Amazon and technology:
It was previously thought that Amazon was infallible, but this incident proved that they are fallible after all!
- Amazon Web Outage Affects Delivery Operation
- Major Amazon outage causes concern, questions
- Major Server Outage Wreaks Havoc on Amazon’s Trucking and Delivery Operations
- Cyberattacks on rise in trucking: Mainville
- Daily Infographics: Red Light Cameras
- Technology is challenging the notion that freight is predestined for one mode over another. Here’s how.
- Wisconsin bill would bring red-light cameras to Milwaukee
7. Regarding pay, bonuses, taxes, tolls, and inflation:
- AI Fleet finding higher pay for drivers by lowering dwell times
- Fleet Intel compares carrier pay and benefits
- Landstar paying $2 special dividend after record 2021
8. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel, and emissions:
I most definitely oppose driverless, self-driving, or autonomous commercial motor vehicles sharing the roads with the motoring public.
That being said, here are some of the most recent articles about autonomous vehicles from trucking sources, to keep you current on the topic.
- Daimler, Waymo Outfitting Custom Chassis for Autonomous Driving
- Daimler, Waymo to develop redundancy systems for autonomous trucks
- Daimler’s Redundant Chassis for Autonomous-Truck Operation
- Driverless Truck Company Expands Into Texas Promising ‘Driver-Out’ Test Runs by 2023
- Embark expands in Texas, intros new autonomous truck lane
- Embark Moves into Texas on Way to Autonomous Truck Commercialization
- Mercedes Beats Tesla to Hands-Free Driving on the Autobahn
- NBC: Watch How Walmart is Deploying Driverless Delivery Trucks and Drones
- New autonomous trucking route planned for Texas
- Robotic Research pulls in $228M to expand off-road autonomy business
- TuSimple shares comprehensive safety framework to scale autonomous freight operations
Before you invest in an electric vehicle, do your due diligence.
- BP Acquires Fleet Charging Provider Amply Power
- BP builds US EV infrastructure base with purchase of Amply Power
- Can electric vehicles match diesel performance in cold, snowy conditions?
- Electric truck insights from Today’s Trucking
- FreightWaves introduces EV directory
- Meritor begins production of 14Xe electric powertrain
- Meritor Forecasts Electrification Will Bring $1.5 Billion in Revenue by 2030
- Meritor Launches 14Xe Electric Powertrain Production
- Oregon to receive $52 million for electric vehicle charging
- Preparing Your Organization for Fleet Electrification
- Scania Adds to Electric-Hybrid Truck Offerings
- Sysco to electrify chunk of fleet by 2030
- Toyota to Build $1.3 Billion EV Battery Plant
- Diesel Falls 4.6¢ to $3.674 a Gallon
- Diesel prices drop across the country
- Drop in benchmark DOE/EIA diesel price largest since pandemic’s early days
- Oil Refiners Say Shift in Biofuel Quotas Will Raise Diesel Costs
- Raw component costs send diesel exhaust fluid prices soaring
- Revolutionizing diesel combustion
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9. Regarding economy, predictions, and event:
- Borderlands: Trucks carried 71% of all US-Mexico cargo moved in September
- Class 8 Orders Drop Due to Supply Chain Uncertainly
- Class 8 orders plummet, but not due to slowing demand
- Class 8 Sales Weaken in November; Year-to-Date Sales Improve on 2020
- Inability to produce pushes Class 8 orders to lowest November in 26 years
- November 2021 truck orders hit 26-year low
- November Class 8 Orders Tumble in Historic Fall
- Yellow Corp sees tonnage drop, yields surge in Q4
- 10 CPG trends to watch in ’22
- EIA outlook more uncertain than normal
- How securities traders see the transportation outlook into the new year | New avenue to insurance through SmartHop
- Mullen Group’s 2022 business plan reflects optimism
- U.S. Lawmaker Makes ‘Huge’ Prediction After Meeting With Leading Driverless Tech CEO
MATS is coming back! Yay!
10. Regarding rates, roads, and last mile:
- Alberta sets 2022 WCB rates for trucking
- Carriers hold on to power as rates increase again
- Forward Air Announces General Rate Increase
- UPS to boost SurePost rates 5.9% on average
- New I-69 section in central Indiana could open in December
- New I-74 bridge over Mississippi River heralded in Iowa, Illinois
- This semi-specific roadway is now open for business
- FMCSA motor carrier committee seeks data on last-mile deliveries
- Last-mile logistics tech helps carriers, brokers cope with peak season
- Windy City delivery: AxleHire handles final mile for X Delivery DTC brands
11. Regarding recall, sustainability, theft, and violence:
- Certain Diamler trucks being recalled over tire/rim issues
- Daimler Trucks recalls trucks with noncompliant tires
Please be sure to lock up your tractor and trailer at all times:
- your tractor, even while you’re out of it for only a minute; and
- your trailer, even when it is empty.
Do not advertise anything that you are hauling and always park in safe places.
If you need to drop your trailer when you’re home, be sure to install a king pin lock before you leave.
While we advocate self-defense, please be careful not to incite violence.
- Four Men Going to Prison After Beating, Robbing and Kidnapping Truck Driver at Gunpoint
- Motorist fled after shooting trucker in the face with BB gun, Georgia cops say
- Truck driver fatally shot by fellow trucker in West Virginia, police say
- Trucker Charged With Murder After Killing Fellow Trucker on Side of Interstate
- Trucker charged with murder in I-81 road rage shooting targeting a fellow truck driver
- Trucker in Custody After Shooting Fellow Trucker Dead Along Side of Interstate
- WATCH: Trucker wields bat in construction zone road rage
12. Regarding recognition:
We gratefully acknowledge and recognize all of those who helped truckers and/or their families — or honored them.
- Ailing senior’s wife delivers thank-you cards to drivers
- MTA honors industry members
- VIDEO: Skid loader helps out stuck big rig
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.