TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.07.09

TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.07.09 is the trucking commentary on news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending July 9, 2022.

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

TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding underride guards, limiters, AB5, business, 2290, and out of business:

Underride guards

Truckers in the USA, if you feel strongly about this, please get in touch with your federal elected officials as soon as possible.


According to the second article linked above:
“The public has through July 18 to comment and join the thousands who have already done so.”


According to this post on Telegram:

Another catastrophic trucking snafu caused by California Democrats: 70,000 trucks that carry cargo may be forced off the roads of California in just one week. This will be catastrophic for food, imports, exports, and more:

In this post — which followed the one linked above — the author wrote (in part):

Good luck trying to ship anything IN or OUT of Collapsifornia!

Perhaps you agree. Perhaps you disagree.

We welcome your comments through the form below.



Out of business

There will likely be many more trucking companies to go out of business in the future, at least in part because of the price of fuel.


2. Regarding inspections, aggressive driving, accidents, and fatalities:


If you and your rig are always ready for an inspection, you will never be caught off-guard.

Aggressive driving


Please review the accidents described in these articles and endeavor not to repeat the circumstances leading up to them.

According to the last article in the section above:

The tunnel has a 12-foot clearance, whereas the average height of an 18-wheeler is 13 feet, 6 inches.

Watch your low clearances!

Report any CMV-specific GPS situation that leads you to a low clearance.


We express our deepest sympathies to those who died.


3. Regarding fuel, fuel economy, fuel taxes, and oil:


Fuel economy

Fuel taxes



4. Regarding electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles:

Electric vehicles

Autonomous vehicles

I most definitely oppose driverless, self-driving, and autonomous commercial motor vehicles being operated on the same roads as the motoring public, but share this article as a courtesy to keep you informed about this topic.


5. Regarding economy, inflation, employment, pay, stamp, and credit:






I went looking for the history of United States postage rates and specifically for a date that preceded the creation of the Federal Reserve in 1913.

I found that as of July 1, 1898, the cost to mail a one-ounce letter was $0.02.

So, let’s use the handy-dandy CPI Inflation Calculator from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and put in:

  • .02 in January 1913 (earliest month in the year the Federal Reserve was created); and
  • May 2022 (the month for the most recent inflation numbers as of this writing).

Indeed! The buying power of 2 cents in January 1913 has the same buying power as 60 cents in May 2022.

So, let’s further calculate the percent increase, and we find the increase from 0.02 to 0.60 is right at 2900%!

Let’s further check the weekly rate that truckers should be earning money based upon a figure cited in May 1977 of $500 per week.

According to the same inflation calculator:

$500 in May 1977, has the same buying power as:
$2,423.68 in May 2022.

And that’s just if wages kept pace with inflation, not even an increase!


It is best if one pays off one’s credit cards in full every month.


6. Regarding supply chain and capacity:

Supply chain



7. Regarding drugs, smuggling, violations, and theft:


Never, ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how much of an incentive is offered to you!


Never, ever treat people like they are cattle or cargo, no matter how much of an incentive is offered to you!

People are created in the image of God and we are expected to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.




8. Regarding brakes, tires, and emissions:





9. Regarding legal, HOS, CARB, and parking:






10. Regarding technology, drones, and ELDs:




If you are a Canadian trucker, these articles may be important to you.


11. Regarding recall, roads, skill, Walmart, and weather:




Congratulations to these truckers for having great skill.


Be aware of the impact that technology plays in their plans.


Please prepare in advance for weather-related events.


12. Regarding awards:

We recognize those who helped out their fellow human beings in a time of need.

Congratulations to those truckers who have been honored or have won competitions!


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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