TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.07.16 is the trucking commentary on news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending July 16, 2022.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding AB5, limiter, and regulations:
Recently, I commented on a truckers’ Facebook group — based upon my time as a company driver in the trucking industry and since then — that I saw 3 potential avenues for California truckers regarding AB5.
I received feedback that there was a 4th option: for truckers to get their own authority.
I wonder how many of the estimated 70,000 truckers in California who will be adversely affected by AB5 will take that 4th option route of becoming their own trucking company.
If you have thoughts on this, please comment through the form below.
- AB5 port protest in Los Angeles: Round 2 – WTT newsletter
- AB5 protests rage on, AI contract negotiators and driver onboarding
- AB5 will inflate prices, not diminish capacity
- Behind the News: The End of the Owner-Operator Model? [Video]
- California Truck Owner-Operators Slow Traffic, Protest AB5
- Can California Owner-Operators Work Around AB5 Restrictions?
- Carriers might decide to risk pushing AB5 enforcement limits
- Hundreds of truckers protest AB5 at Southern California’s busiest ports
- OOIDA: Truckers need answers regarding California’s AB5
- SoCal truckers protest AB5
- Truck drivers protest AB5 law in California
- Truckers plan LA/Long Beach work stoppage Wednesday to protest AB5
- Truckers Protest AB 5 Law at Three California Ports
- Truckers protest AB5 in California
- When will California’s trucking industry feel the effects of AB5?
From the first article linked below:
The comment period for the advance notice of supplemental proposed rulemaking ends July 18.
The information in our article — Truck Speed: Impact of Maximum Speed on Travel Time, Driver Pay — may inspire you to write your own comments.
- Comments set to end soon on FMCSA’s speed limiter proposal
- Safety groups call for 60 mph speed limiters on trucks
- CARB hosting webinar training for trucking-related regulations
- Did 2020’s split-sleeper change increase owner-ops’ productivity?
- NHTSA rear-underride rule to take effect in 2023
- Regulators Still Mum on Details of Final Hair Testing Rule
2. Regarding inflation, economy, purchase, pay, and tolls:
The price of some goods and services has increased far more than the 9.1% inflation rate cited below.
- ATA calls on Congress to address inflation | Truckers protest AB 5 at Calif. Ports
- ATA chairman urges Congress to take steps to address inflation
- Bridgestone to increase prices of Bandag in U.S., Canada
- Daily Infographic: Money, not COVID is the biggest travel hurdle this summer
- Fed Official Says Economy Can Handle Rising Rates
- House T&I Republicans to Evaluate Inflation’s Impact
- Inflation surges in June, motor carrier profits sinking
- Inflation surges in June, motor carrier profits sinking
- Inflation-weary consumers are still spending online, just not as much
- New Firestone Classic tires available; Bandag products price to increase
- PepsiCo Boosts Outlook After Increasing Prices
- Retail Sales Top Forecast in Boost From High Inflation
- Surging fuel prices likely drove US inflation to 40-year high
- US Inflation Quickens to 9.1%, Amping Up Fed Pressure to Go Big
- US inflation surges again in June; trucking industry feeling pinch
- Decline in June shipments signals ‘soft patch’
- Despite rising prices, new Class 8 tractor sales showing gains
- Little risk of freight demand collapse: FTR
- Load posts fell 12.5% during July 4 holiday week
- Trailer orders fell 21% in June
- When (and by how much) will shippers shift to the spot market?
The citation of the article below does not constitute an endorsement of the trucking company.
What are the pros and cons of tolling systems going “cashless”?
3. Regarding fuel, fuel economy, and oil:
For context, here is the table showing Weekly U.S. No 2 Diesel Retail Prices (Dollars per Gallon) 1994 – 2022.
The earliest data available shows for the week ending March 21, 1994, the price of a gallon of No. 2 diesel was $1.106.
Entering 1.106 and March 1994 into the inflation calculator, one finds that as of June 2022 (latest date available as of this writing), the buying power is $2.23.
So, for the week ending July 11, 2022, with the price of No. 2 diesel set at $5.568, that is a 149.68% increase in the cost above standard rate of inflation!
- Beyond MPG: How to Reduce Fleet Fuel Costs [Webinar]
- Diesel prices drop by a dime since last week
- Diesel prices seeing slight decline
- Diesel Sheds 10.7¢ to $5.568 a Gallon
- DOE/EIA diesel price down more than 10 cents in on-time release
- Fuel Prices Prompt Congressional Democrats to Tout Clean Energy
- Gasoline Demand Dips Below 2020 Level
- The World Can’t Get Enough of US Diesel as Exports Surge
- U.S. average diesel price drops a dime per gallon
- Weekly Fuel Report: July 12, 2022
- How states are navigating the loss of oil and gas income
- OPEC’s 2023 Outlook Shows No Oil Squeeze Relief
- US to Urge Plan for Cap on Russia Oil Price
4. Regarding accidents, drugs, fatalities, and Tesla:
Please learn from these articles how the accidents described could have been avoided.
- Concrete pipes roll when rig fails to negotiate curve
- Dump truck driver rescued after getting wedged under Indiana bridge
- Teen who crashed into semi trailer was watching ‘Stranger Things’ on her phone, Minnesota sheriff says
- Trucker in collision ‘did not see the train’ because he was following GPS
Never, ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how big of an incentive you’ve been offered.
- $671K in cocaine ‘concealed in the tires of a tractor trailer hauling juice,’ Customs and Border Patrol says
- Police find 300 illegal cannabis plants during Operation Safe Driver Week CMV inspection
- Police suspect drugs after trucker falsely reports two armed men in cab, prompting SWAT response
Our deepest sympathies go to the families of those who died.
- Driver charged with vehicular homicide after striking woman on I-675
- Head-on collision between big rigs on I-5 leaves drivers dead
- Man crushed as foot gets caught beneath semi wheel
- Truck driver fatally struck by lightning while working on his broken-down truck in Ohio
- Truck driver killed in collision with train in Oklahoma
Just throwing this question out there for what it’s worth:
How is the technology behind Tesla cars different from that being used in autonomous, driverless, or self-driving trucks?
- Feds to investigate Tesla crash with parked semi that left two dead at Florida rest area
- NHTSA to investigate Florida Tesla crash that killed 2
- Tesla crashes into truck; feds investigating
5. Regarding ELDs, robots, and theft:
- Canada Will Finally Enforce Trucking ELD Rules Come 2023
- Trucking association raises concerns over Canada’s ELD mandate
According to the article:
Additionally, 57% of global manufacturers said the robots they are deploying are not displacing human workers but rather working alongside them to allow human laborers to perform more skilled, less-repetitive work.
As far as I’m concerned — and in spite of what the Fair Labor Standards Act says — I believe that driving a commercial motor vehicle is a skill!
How can you protect yourself and your rig from theft while you’re on the road?
- Colorado cops say someone drilled a hole in a semi’s fuel tank, causing 200 gallon diesel spill
- Crude crime: 4 men accused of stealing $2.4 million of oil
6. Regarding employment and DOT physical:
On Friday, July 15, 2022, I attended a business meeting in our home county in South Carolina.
I heard a restaurant owner say that he was having a very hard time finding people who want to work.
So, one way that he was going to address the situation was by installing a kiosk in his restaurant to let customers place orders themselves.
Trucking is a different kind of “job” because for those who are on the road for days, weeks, or months at a time, it is a lifestyle.
When Mike and I were in training with our first trucking company, I was with a trainer who often drove with the “last chance trainer” for the company.
The trainee whom the “last chance trainer” had with him at that time did not count on the lifestyle that would be required of him as a professional truck driver driving for an irregular route carrier.
He hadn’t done his due diligence before going through truck driver training school.
I am not certain what happened, but I am confident that the trainee did not hire on with the company.
Those planning to enter the trucking industry need to be aware of the things that we have on our website here:
Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles on this topic of employment.
- 6 Practices to Recruit Younger Truck Drivers
- ATRI Report Offers Insights Into Young Truck Driver Recruitment Practices
- ATRI study: Pay’s important to young drivers, but so are other factors
- CCJ webinar features 3 fleets’ tips on finding, keeping drivers
- New report focuses on how to draw young adults to trucking industry
- Younger Drivers Look Beyond Pay When Choosing Carriers, ATRI Finds
Quote from article:
On its website, the Association offers a guide to help drivers know what to expect – and what to avoid – when it comes to their physical. This includes information on the ins and outs of the appointment itself, what types of documentation you need to bring, when to seek a second opinion, and more.
Unfortunately, the page linked to is non-existent.
7. Regarding inspections, law enforcement, and risk:
- Arkansas State Police announce campaign to crack down on speeding
- Arkansas to kick off two week speeding crackdown
- Trooper in a Truck detail and aerial enforcement happening statewide in Wisconsin during Operation Safe Driver Week
- Wisconsin officials launch #TrooperInATruck safe driving initiative
This article indicates that you need to hone your skills of attentiveness and defensive driving!
8. Regarding driver manager, broker, and ports:
Please refer to the page on our site:
- Broker transparency is crucial, OOIDA tells agency
- FMCSA commenters debate whether load boards should register as brokers
Need a load board with a proven record?
Problems at California ports are probably going to be greatly exacerbated by the AB5 situation.
- DOT to advance container congestion/demand index
- Long Beach container backlog crosses red line as delays mount
- Port of Long Beach Barrels Toward Dangerous Supply Chain Bottleneck
- Port of Mobile Experiences Surge in Trucking Opportunities
- Port of Virginia boasts record volumes in 2022
- SONAR Sightings for July 11: California port imports fall as much as 42% in the past year
9. Regarding parking and ice:
- Download app to help truck parking study along I-94, I-80
- I-81 Coalition Considers Federal Funds for Parking
- Trucker laments “really dangerous” lack of truck parking as drivers barred from using empty lots
I asked this question back in the winter of 2014-2015:
I proposed a “No Snow Roof” solution for it on April 13, 2018, too, but I’ve never seen anyone try to implement it.
I wonder who will be the first manufacturer to try this.
- Apportioned registrations, vehicle snow and ice removal near adoption in Pennsylvania
- New legislation requires Pennsylvania drivers to remove ice, snow
- New Pennsylvania law will give police more power to pull over vehicles covered in ice or snow this winter
10. Regarding autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles:
I totally oppose the use of autonomous, driverless, and self-driving commercial motor vehicles on the roads with the motoring public, but list the articles below as a courtesy to help you stay current with the topic.
While I fully understand the “driver quality of life” issue that truckers are facing, please be aware that the infographic in the first article linked just below appears to put a very shiny appearance on using automation for trucking for health reasons.
The author appears to show no negatives associated with autonomous trucking whatsoever when it comes to a trucker’s health.
Is this possible? Please comment through the form below.
- Daily Infographic: Linehaul Truckers are Facing a Quality of Life and Health Crisis (also see the article linked below the infographic)
- NHTSA Approves Pilot of Einride Driverless Freight ‘Pod’ on U.S. Roads
- Pennsylvania Senate panel forwards autonomous vehicle bill
Please be aware of:
- the limitations associated with the range of miles that an electric vehicle can run;
- what will happen if an electric vehicle is stuck for a long period of time in congestion, construction, or an accident;
- the availability of charging stations; and
- just how “green” an electric vehicle is compared to those that run on other fuel systems.
I shudder to think of what’s going to happen to drivers in electric vehicles that are stuck in very cold or frozen conditions.
Will they freeze to death because their vehicle ran out of charge and they had no way to keep the heat on?
Will these electric vehicle literally conk out on the roads and be unable to move without having a mobile recharging device come and help them?
Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles on this topic.
- A Quarter of Americans Say Their Next Car Will Be an EV
- Federal government commits up to $150,000 per Class 8 electric truck
- Georgia, JLL Partner on EV Charging Infrastructure Bid
- Mullen stock stagnates after EV maker’s deal with Amazon delivery partner
- Ohio Identifies 15 Alternative Fuel Corridors for EV Charging Stations
- Panasonic Plans Major EV Battery Plant in Kansas
- Pilot Co. and GM plan coast-to-coast fast-charging network
- States Prepare EV Charging Plans Ahead of Aug. 1
- Volvo Trucks Building Electrified Charging Corridor in California
- Volvo Trucks building electrified charging corridor in California
- Walmart Buys 4,500 Canoo Electric Delivery Vehicles
- Walmart Orders 4,500 Canoo Electric Vans
11. Regarding atmospheric gas and emissions:
Please also reference the section immediately above.
- FHWA to publish proposed greenhouse gas emissions measures rule
- Government announces framework to slash greenhouse gas emissions in transportation industry
- Trucking industry concerned about SEC’s proposed climate rules
- CARB Launches Zero-Emission Incentive for Small Trucking Fleets
- Is the Future Now for Zero Emissions Class 8 Trucks?
12. Regarding tricks of the trade, recognition, and awards:
Tricks of the Trade
We appreciate seeing expertise in action in the trucking industry!
Thank you to those who help out their fellow human beings in a time of need.
Congratulations to each and every trucker who was honored and awarded!
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.