This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending January 1, 2022.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding 2021 and predictions:
It’s been a wild year in trucking! Thanks for reading my weekly round-ups this past year. Here are some articles covering top topics within the trucking industry this past year.
- 2021 year in review: Over-the-road highs and lows
- 2021’s Top Trucking News Stories
- 2021’s top shipping stories: From Ever Given to epic California port pileup
- 2021’s top stories: Driver pay, a damaged bridge, and supply chain woes
- Driver retention was the surprising top story of 2021
- For some truckers, 2021 was a glass half empty, for others it was half full
- FreightWaves: 10 stories that grabbed your attention in 2021
- Live From Exit 24: Infrastructure, truck parking among top issues of 2021
- Newsmakers: 8 themes that defined 2021
- The 10 Best Trucking Stories You May Have Overlooked in 2021
The end of an existing year ushers in the beginning of a new one. Here are some predictions regarding the year 2022.
- Driving into the new year: Conditions into 2022 are good, but trucks are expensive and hard to find
- Looking ahead: Industry could be in for a steadier ride in 2022
- POLL: Business outlook for 2022 — what’s your income expectation for the new year?
2. Regarding COVID-19, supply chain, capacity, and egotist:
Please pray that those who sit on the Supreme Court of the United States — who take an oath of office to uphold that which is according to the Constitution of the United States — will judge according to that standard on every decision, including this one.
- Feds giving $241M to US ports to boost supply chain
- Supply Chain to Dominate Freight Policy in 2022
- Supply Chain Tops List of CEO Worries
- White House Claim Biden ‘Saved Christmas’ Not Sitting Well With Trucking CommunityQuote: “Trucking professionals are responding to claims made by the White House last week that President Biden is responsible for ‘saving Christmas.'”On February 29, 1988, then-President Ronald Reagan said this:”On my desk in the Oval Office, I have a little sign that says: There is no limit to what a man can do or where he can go if he doesn’t mind who gets the credit.”It’s too bad that this kind of statesmanship is not currently in the White House.Will it ever come back?
3. Regarding accidents, stranded, weather, and winter:
Please familiarize yourself with the situations that led up to the accidents described in these articles, to see if you can avoid getting into the same set-up — and thus avoid being involved in an accident.
- Police: Semi pileup on I-90 due to speed, icy conditions
- See what the carnage of I-94 pileup in Wisconsin looked like from above
- Semi slams into three rigs stopped to chain up, injuring several
- Trailer did not have lights on prior to fatal crash with family car, witnesses say
- VIDEO: No wind, no speed, ‘just black ice’ toppled truck, troopers say
- VIDEO: Semi skids sideways on slick roadway in Snoqualmie Pass
- Trucker stays with stuck rig for two days awaiting a towQuote from article: “Officers say that communicating with the trucker was difficult due to a language barrier, but that police had been in contact with the trucker’s dispatchers, who assured police that they had been in contact with the trucker and that he was doing fine.”
I’m wondering why there was a language barrier, especially when the federal law requires a certain level of English proficiency. Subpart B – Qualification and Disqualification of Drivers
§ 391.11 General qualifications of drivers.
Can read and speak the English language sufficiently to converse with the general public, to understand highway traffic signs and signals in the English language, to respond to official inquiries, and to make entries on reports and records;
Is it possible that lack of proficiency in English led up to the fatal crash on I-70?
- I-80 closed indefinitely through Nevada state line
- Interstate 80 still closed in snowy Sierra Nevada
- Many truckers idled due to severe winter weather
- Midwest snowstorm to strike at cusp of new year
- Snow closes I-90 in Washington
- Treacherous winter weather slams west; Nevada governor declares emergency
4. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, emissions, and fuel:
I adamantly oppose driverless, self-driving, or autonomous trucks sharing the public roads with the motoring public, but share these articles as a courtesy to help you stay informed.
- Autonomous truck company TuSimple logs first no-human road test
- Autonomous truck makes trip with no one onboard, no human intervention
- DHL commits to buying dozens of autonomous trucks with eye towards electric
- Driverless Truck Company Claims ‘World’s First Driver Out Fully Autonomous’ Test Run
- Loaded and Rolling: Fleet availability; autonomous truck testing; driver employment data
- TuSimple claims success on 80-mile driverless Class 8 pilot in Arizona
- TuSimple completes 80 minute driverless run
- TuSimple Completes First Driverless Class 8 Run on Open Roads
- TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test
- TuSimple watch party for driverless Ghost Rider feat left executives speechless
Be aware of what is happening with pushing people to “electrify” different aspects of their lives, such as a push in New York to restrict gas for cooking and heating. According to a December 17, 2021, article, the reason for going to all-electric cooking and heating is purportedly to “make real strides to cut climate-warming emissions.” But… “Gas proponents have argued that cutting this heating option in a place where winter temperatures average in the 30s and 40s and can plunge even lower, means that electric heaters and kitchen appliances might overwhelm the grid and lead to power outages.” Consider the same thing in the realm of transportation. Remember what happened in Texas in early 2020. I think that the push to electrify vehicles — that will need to be recharged on a regular basis — is a measure to control people and businesses through a monopoly. What do you think? Please comment through the form below. Thanks.
- Class 8 EV Trucks Trending Heading Into 2022
- Daily Infographic: Tips to extend EV range in the winter
- EV makers face wide range of costs and terms for batteries
- Heniff Transportation set to purchase Nikola electric tractors
- Key Factors Driving the Commercial EV Battery Market
- TEC Announces Second Electric Vehicle Dealer Location
- Thompson, Heniff Reach Nikola BEV Agreement
- Volvo, Mack Certify Second Electric Vehicle Dealer in SoCal
5. Regarding economy, wages, tolls, UCR, and surcharges:
- Japan Production Jumps by Record as Car Manufacturing Rebounds
- November Used Class 8 Prices Soar
- UPS vs. FedEx — Who gets to be king of hill?
- US Merchandise-Trade Gap Widens to Record as Imports Surge
Be aware of — and safeguard yourself — from this kind of action.
6. Regarding CFI, employment, and shortage:
- Central Freight Lines truckers: Final paychecks came too late for Christmas
- Central Freight Lines’ cautionary tale
If the federal government unconstitutionally “requires” that truckers violate their bodies with a poison death shot — and if truckers value their health more than their jobs — then yes, there may be a very bad trucker shortage — and soon!
7. Regarding fraud, holidays, and violence:
- 11 Western States Joining Forces to Ramp Up Highway Patrols For Upcoming Holiday
- Holiday Sales Rise 8.5%
- Holidays place pricing power firmly in carriers’ hands
- Law enforcement from 12 western states joining forces for New Year’s Eve patrols
- Tennessee stepping up patrols for holiday weekend
- Truck driver carjacked at gunpoint, found tied up in trailer, Atlanta police say
- Truck Driver Praised by Police After Being Kidnapped, Bound and Robbed at GunpointQuote: “While stopped at a traffic light at the intersection of Fulton Industrial Boulevard NW and Donald Lee Hollowell NW, the victim stated a gunman entered the cab of his truck.”I may be misinterpreting this, but the article does not say that the gunman broke into the cab, but “entered” the cab, which makes me think that the trucker didn’t lock one or more tractor doors!Always drive with your tractor and trailer doors locked!
- UPS driver robbed, tied up inside trailer
8. Regarding sentencing and politics:
OK, so the Governor of Colorado has cut the sentence of the trucker who killed 4 people from 110 years to 10 years. Did he have the authority to do that? According to the judge, the original 110-year sentence was according to Colorado state law. Here’s what the Colorado Revised Statutes 2018 – Title 24 say is the Oath of Office in that state:
24-12-101. Form of oath or affirmation for public office – requirements for oath or affirmation. (1) When a person is required to take an oath or affirmation before the person enters upon the discharge of a public office or position, the form of the oath or affirmation is as follows: I [name], do [select swear, affirm, or swear by the everliving God] that I will support the constitution of the United States, the constitution of the state of Colorado, and the laws of the state of Colorado, and will faithfully perform the duties of the office of [name of office or position] upon which I am about to enter to the best of my ability. …
So, if the judge followed the law in setting the sentence and the Governor changed the sentence, doesn’t that mean that the Governor of Colorado broke the law regarding reducing this trucker’s sentence? According to the Colorado Department of Corrections, Clemency:
The Colorado Constitution, Article IV, §7, provides the Governor with the exclusive power to grant clemency: The governor shall have power to grant reprieves, commutations and pardons after conviction, for all offenses except treason, and except in case of impeachment, subject to such regulations as may be prescribed by law relative to the manner of applying for pardons.
What are your thoughts on this? Please comment through the form below. Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles on this topic.
- 110-Year Trucker Sentence Cut to 10 by Governor
- Aguilera-Mederos resentencing hearing set for fatal I-70 crash
- Colorado gov. slashes driver prison term from 110 years to just 10
- Colorado governor commutes trucker’s 110-year sentence
- Colorado Governor Reduces I-70 Crash Trucker’s 110-Year Prison Sentence to 10 Years
- Colorado governor reduces truck driver’s sentence to 10 years
- Colorado Guv commutes driver’s 110-year sentence
- Colorado judge to reconsider trucker’s 110-year prison sentence
- Court Could Reduce Trucker’s 110-Year Sentence
- DA to ask for trucker’s controversial 110 year sentence to be reduced to twenty to thirty years
- Judge “concerned” that newly-set date for reconsideration of 110 year sentence will “turn this thing into a circus”
- Judge sets hearing to reconsider trucker’s 110-year sentence
- Millions Petition to Reduce Truck Drivers Excessive 110-Year Sentence
- Prosecutor Blasts Governor’s ‘Premature’ Decision to Slash 100 Years From Trucker’s 110-Year Sentence
- Reaction mixed after trucker’s prison term slashed to 10 years
- Survivor of I-70 crash advocates for 50 year sentence ahead of reconsideration hearing
- Truck driver convicted in Colorado crash may get prison time cut
- Trucker resentenced to 10 years after Colo. Governor steps in
- Daily Infographic: How does Biden’s Build Back Better plan affect freight?
- How will COP26 affect sustainability movement in freight moving forward?
9. Regarding last mile, legal, smog, and inspections:
- Bringg is bringing customization and control to the last mile
- Modern Shipper Top 10: Last-mile delivery
Will this affect wages of truckers at this trucking company?
- Werner founder to pay nearly $500,000 for violating antitrust laws
- Werner’s founder gets big FTC penalty for not disclosing stock purchases
- Arizona announces partnership to ‘streamline’ CMV enforcement
- CVSA adopts North American Fatigue Management Program
10. Regarding recalls and technology:
If you’re driving or hauling equipment that is under a recall, please attend to that as soon as possible.
- DTNA Recalls Certain Western Star, Freightliner Trucks for Fuel Leak
- Risk of Fire Due to Fuel Leaks Prompt Recall of Freightliner and Western Star Trucks
- TerraPro trucks recalled for parking brake defect
- Cybersecurity threat grows with tech added to trucks
- Drivers with ELDs on the 3G network need to act
- Perspective: Time to Prepare for the 3G Sunset
11. Regarding roads and rules:
- Austin’s I-35 again has worst traffic for truckers in Texas
- Austin’s I-35 tops most congested roadways for truckers in Texas
- I-80 remains closed during easter”
“n California blizzard
- New I-69 section’s southbound lanes open in central Indiana
- Briefly: FMCSA updates rules for hazmat | Carrier gives away bikes for kids
- New lighting standards in Canada seek to thwart ‘phantom vehicles’
Congratulations to all truckers named as finalists; those who were honored; and award winners!
- NTTC names finalists for Tank Truck Driver of the Year Award
- Numerous truckers honored during 2021
- Ryder Announces Annual Carrier Quality Awards
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.