TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.07.30 is the trucking commentary on news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending July 30, 2022.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding AB5, protest, under 21:
Despite the fact that the trucker protest over AB5 in Oakland did not achieve the result sought, options to overturn it are still at truckers’ disposal, including contacting state-level California legislators and the California Governor.
Once the effects of AB5 start to be felt in the state, there may also be an outcry from other Californians.
- AB 5 protests: California officials don’t get it, or don’t care
- Companies prep ahead of possible AB5 rollout
- Port of Oakland AB 5 Protests Wind Down
- Port of Oakland places barricades if truckers continue AB5 protests
- Port of Oakland Reopens After Trucker Protests, but Questions Remain About AB5
- Port of Oakland reopens after truckers shut down operations in AB5 protest
- Port of Oakland urges truckers to not impede supply chain –
- Should California Lawmakers Carve Out AB5 Exemption for Truck Drivers?
- TransForce offers ‘two-check’ solution to help independents comply with AB5
- Trucker AB 5 Blockade Ends at Port of Oakland
- Truckers Defy AB 5 ‘Free Speech Zones,’ Continue Oakland Blockade
- Truckers quietly end Oakland Port protest without resolution
Meanwhile, in Texas…
While I am sure that there are some very mature prospective truck drivers below the age of 21, there is a reason why insurance rates for younger drivers — especially younger males — are higher than for older drivers.
I oppose this pilot program and shudder to think of the detrimental effect that it is going to have overall.
If elected officials, unelected bureaucrats, and those in the trucking industry were serious about alleviating the “trucker shortage,” they would fix the major concerns that truckers have.
Among them is increased pay, reclassification within the FLSA, and more respect.
- Applications Open for Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program
- FMCSA Accepting Carrier Applications for Apprenticeship Driver Pilot
- How FMCSA’s under-21 driver pilot program works
- How FMCSA’s under-21 driver pilot program works
- Safe Driver Apprenticeship Pilot Program – apply at FMCSA.dot.gov
- Teen drivers in Montana are the worst, literally
2. Regarding inspections, collisions, accidents, and low clearance:
If truckers keep their trucks and themselves in a perpetual state of readiness for an inspection at any time, they will never be caught off-guard for an inspection.
- 10 tips to help truckers prep for CVSA Brake Safety Week
- Drivers need to be sure braking systems are in compliance before hitting the road
- Law enforcement in six states partner for single day ‘zero-tolerance’ speeding blitz
- New York troopers go undercover as road workers for multiple ‘Operation Hard Hat’ details
- Semi truck denied entry at border for “invasive” beetle found in cargo
- The power of your roadside inspection data
- Truck inspection numbers approach pre-COVID levels
The first step on the list is: “Plan for collisions before they happen”.
Please look over these articles and learn what you can from the accidents described so that you can avoid getting into a similar set-up yourself.
- Driver refused medical treatment after flipping rig while reaching for coffee cup
- Dual set of tires come off log truck, strike Georgia Motor Carrier Compliance cop cruiser
- Tire blowout leads to scattered pineapples
- Troopers say weather factored into 40 vehicle pileup on Pennsylvania’s I-81
- Trucker seriously injured in FL pile-up
- Trucker to lose license for loose tire that killed officer
- Wisconsin trooper injured after patrol vehicle struck by big rig
- Wisconsin trooper injured when big rig struck cruiser during midnight traffic stop
- VIDEO: Dump truck tussles with traffic light pole
- VIDEO: Trucker whips out the tape measure at Boston bridge
Both of these situations were completely preventable:
- the first by the driver lowering his truck’s bed; and
- the second by the trucker using only truck routes!
3. Regarding weather, snow chains, and parking:
We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who died as a result of weather events.
- Appalachian floods kill at least 15 as rescue teams deploy
- Briefly: Trucker is apparent victim of record St. Louis area flooding
- Flooding closes St. Louis interstates Tuesday
- Heavy rains cause flooding, power outages in Appalachia
- Major flooding shuts down multiple St. Louis interstates
- Record rain causes heavy flooding in St. Louis area; 1 dead
- Wildfires causing road issues in California and Idaho
- Wildfires threaten multiple Texas counties
- CDOT to create new chain-up stations on CO 9 and CO 285
- Colorado DOT constructing new chain-up stations for truckers
- Construction of chain-up stations set to begin in Colorado
According to the website of the Colorado Department of Transportation:
“From Sept. 1 through May 31, all commercial vehicles traveling on I-70 between the Dotsero exit (mile point (MP) 133) and the Morrison exit (MP 259) must carry sufficient chains to be in compliance with the Colorado chain law.”
Yay! There’s a new Connecticut truck stop with truck parking!
Other articles on this topic are also listed below.
- Love’s opens first Connecticut location with 56 parking spots
- Love’s opens first location in Connecticut; has 56 truck parking spots
- Love’s opens the company’s first-ever truck stop in Connecticut
- Love’s Travel Stops opens first location in Connecticut
- New study will test the benefits of using a mobile parking app
- One unconventional idea to solve truck parking (comments below)
- Researchers to Study Truck Parking in Iowa, Wisconsin
- Texas A&M to study parking technology for I-80, I-94 corridors
Regarding the third article from the bottom of the section above, I wrote the following in a truckers’ Facebook group on July 29, 2022:
Quote from article:
A 2016 study from the American Transportation Research Institute says that the average truck driver spends 56 minutes per day looking for parking, which translates to $4,600 in lost wages every year. A long-haul truck driver, of course, has to park each night to sleep — and the growth of trucking has outpaced how many parking spots are available to America’s 2 million truck drivers.
As a result, more than half of truck drivers park illegally at least three times a week, according to the American Trucking Associations. The shoulders of freeways or on- and off-ramps are the most common. “You’re parking someplace where it’s not really safe and where somebody can hit you,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Ill., in a phone interview with FreightWaves.
I understand the proposed “efficiency” solution described in the article, but I don’t think that many truckers — especially long haul truckers — would want to go that route.
I’ve said it for years and I’ll say it again here:
Why don’t folks look into building truck parking near established industrial parks and distribution centers where the trucks are already congregating?
I think the time is going to come when truckers demand that their trucking companies arrange for parking solutions ahead of time.
I see this as a cottage industry.
Think about a real time truck parking solution, where Trucker 1 is picking up a load at Point A, going to Point B, and needs to stop about 350 miles from Point A.
“Find My Truck Parking Spot”
And if it is a paid solution, trucking companies who own the rigs need to pay for the truck to be safely parked.
4. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel, oil, ICE, and emissions:
I absolutely oppose the use of autonomous, self-driving, or driverless commercial motor vehicles on the same roads as the motoring public, but share these articles with you to help you stay current on the topic.
- 10 Roads Express Autonomous Route Uses Kodiak Tech
- Gatik’s autonomous fleet is proving driverless trucks can make roads safer
- Kodiak goes lightweight on autonomous truck mapping
Some people and groups are calling for more and more electric vehicles, but please bear in mind that the batteries in these vehicles only store energy, meaning that a type of energy has to be converted to electricity for charging purposes.
Also, electric vehicle batteries may — over time — lose their ability to full charge and/or fully discharge.
- Action Plan Designed to Accelerate Electric Truck and Bus Adoption
- Daily Infographic: GM and Pilot Co. to build a coast-to-coast fast-charging network
- DOE Lends $2.5 Billion to GM Venture for EV Batteries
- Hyundai Gets $1.8 Billion in Aid to Build EVs in Georgia
- Lightning eMotors Unveils Next-Generation Mobile Charger
- Senate Deal Includes EV Tax Credits Sought by Tesla, Toyota
- Volvo to create electric semi charging corridor
- AtoB is revolutionizing the fuel card marketplace — just in time
- Coal far from dead: Global trade thrives, war reroutes shipping
- Daily Infographic: Second-quarter US gasoline consumption has been less than during 2021
- Diesel Drops 16.4¢ in Latest Double-Digit Decline
- Fuel prices inching down as oil prices fall
- Gulf Coast diesel average drops below $5
- Portland, Ore., considers banning sale of fossil-based diesel fuel –
- Renewable fuels can play a vital role in decarbonization
- Weekly DOE/EIA diesel price decline is biggest since 2008
- Weekly Fuel Report: July 26, 2022
- Connecticut Adopts California-Style Law That Targets Diesel Trucks
- Connecticut Law Targets Truck Emissions
- Connecticut takes bold measures against big truck emissions
- Connecticut targets trucks with new emissions requirements
- New diesel engines cut emissions faster than electric trucks, study says
- New England state enacts California-style new-truck emissions standards
- US, Canadian initiative aims to accelerate transition to zero-emission trucks
- Zero-emission program expands in New Jersey, includes big trucks
5. Regarding economy, pay, business, size, chips, posts, Sundays:
This is a long list of articles today:
- ACT Research: Class 8 Tractor Dashboard remains downbeat
- ACT Research: Used Class 8 Retail sales, prices, miles, age climb in June
- ACT Research’s economists ‘modeling recession’ for 2023
- Amazon Reports Strong Sales That Ease Fears of Slowdown
- Canada’s spot market beginning to normalize: Loadlink
- Cargojet moves cheaper e-commerce goods, excess inventory
- CCJ Top 250 fertile ground for trucking acquisitions
- CFO calls trucking comparisons to 2019 ‘hollow victory,’ expects bumpy road ahead
- Daily Infographic: Inflation is not changing e-commerce return policies
- DAT: Truckload volumes held firm in June; contract rates hit monthly highs
- Fed Unleashes Another Big Rate Hike
- Forward Air CEO: ‘If there is a recession, bring it on’
- Freight volumes, rates dipped in June
- FTR: Dry van volume ‘holding quite strong’
- Global News Roundup: Mercedes-Benz Trucks Targets Long-Haul Market with BEVs
- Have contract rates begun their Q3 decline?
- Heartland Express: ‘Volatile freight demand’ in H2 will exceed available capacity
- In for a rough ride: Signs point to higher fuel costs, lower freight rates and a possible recession
- June’s Class 4 Plunge Takes Down Overall Medium-Duty Sales
- Key Inflation Gauge Reaches 6.8%
- Reinvigorated Emerge’s goal: Help carriers from ‘pricing themselves out of business’
- Revised Estimate Adds 10,000 to June Trailer Orders, Clearing 25,000
- Shippers Conditions fell in May due to higher diesel, tighter capacity
- SONAR Sightings for July 22: Rejection rates declining in Joliet, Illinois
- Spot market demand continues fall
- Time to buy? Class 8 sales strong in June but higher prices, interest rates are on the horizon
- Trailer orders skyrocket as backlog pushes into early 2023
- Truckload contract market showing early signs of deterioration
- U.S. shippers see worsening conditions
- US Economy Shrank 0.9% Last Quarter, Its 2nd Straight Drop
- US trailer order placement continues to be choppy
- Used Class 8 Prices Slide in June, but Remain High
- Used truck prices, miles and age all up in 2022 through June | Highway Angel puts out fires amid exploding munitions
- Used U.S. truck sales up 1% in June
- Wabash’s new trailers-as-a-service platform to support FreightVana’s power-only offering
- Walmart Cuts Full-Year Profit Outlook
- What recession? Paccar posts record Q2 sales and earnings
- Carriers unable to pay drivers, buy fuel after CoreFund Capital closes
- Owner-operators say they will make less money this year
Quote from the last article linked above:
What we learned confirmed much of what we suspected: 2021 was a remarkable year for owner-operators, and 2022 is shaping up to be potentially treacherous. More than 80% of respondents believe it will be less profitable than last year.
That doesn’t mean a bloodbath is in store for everyone. After all, 2021 was abnormally good (both mean and median owner-operators in the survey netted six-figure incomes), so a slight contraction in revenue would not necessarily spell doom. But at large, owner-operators are feeling the strain, and it seems a safe bet this latest market shift will thin out those less equipped to weather the storm.
- 5 things to consider when selling your trucking business
- Fleets should be proactive in leveraging relationships with their vendors
- How much money do shipping CEOs make? Here’s their 2021 pay info
- Innovation key to attracting next generation of transportation and logistics leaders
- Technology offers serious relationship-building benefits
I emphatically disagree with federal level elected officials taking action on this — and especially putting any taxpayer money toward it — because it is unconstitutional to do so.
In my opinion, this situation should be left up to the free market, the states, and the people (the last two courtesy of the Tenth Amendment).
- Chipmakers Get $52 Billion in Senate Bill to Boost Domestic Output
- Congress Approves Semiconductor, Supply Chain Bill
- Federal Govt Throws $52 Billion Into Made in USA Semiconductors
- GM Misses Profit Estimates as Chip Shortage Crimps Output
- Manufacturing CEOs Want More US Chip Production
- Semiconductor Bill Unites Sanders, the Right — in Opposition
- Senate Sets Up $52 Billion Semiconductor Vote
- FedEx Ground acts to appease contractors by Sunday delivery suspension
- FedEx Reduces US Sunday Deliveries in Some Rural Areas
- Viewpoint: Parcel deliveries on Sundays — not for free
6. Regarding drugs, smuggling, fire, and theft:
Never ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how much money you’re offered.
- Hostage situation at 49er Truck Stop led to record $2.5 million drug bust
- Kansas deputy arrests truck driver for possession of cocaine, hallucinogens
- New study explores marijuana legalization and heavy-truck crashes
Never ever treat people like they are cattle or cargo.
Each person is created in the image of God and should be treated with dignity and respect.
- “Out of practice” truck driver found guilty of smuggling 110 migrants
- 2 indicted in migrant death-trailer case that left 53 dead
- Former truck driver found guilty in conspiracy to transport 124 illegal immigrants
- Two indicted in deadly smuggling case
- Explosions shut down I-5 after truck hauling welding supplies catches fire
- PETA: Charges warranted after chicken truck fire
- Company wants answers after mechanic releases semi truck to stranger
- Two arrested for stealing hundreds of gallons of diesel from Florida 7-Eleven, police say
7. Regarding roads, railroads, politics, and ports:
- Big rig blaze shuts down Connecticut highway
- Mississippi road gives way underneath big rig
- Rolling closures on Alberta’s QE II during papal visit
- Semi truck snagged by partial road collapse in Mississippi
- A railroad strike would swamp trucking
- New Rule to Thwart Railroad Efforts to Cut Train Crews
- Railroad strike’s effects on trucking would be ‘enormous,’ says industry expert
A quote from the first article linked above:
For the economy as a whole, a railroad strike of more than a few days would be like an economic heart attack.
Quotes from the third article linked above:
Any prolonged rail strike could cripple the supply chain that has been slowly recovering from the backlogs and delays that became common during the pandemic because of worker shortages at the ports, trucking companies and railroads as demand for imports surged.
A railroad strike could jeopardize the health of the economy.
- Container Pile Ups Plague Freight Rail Supply Chains
- Container shipping boom continues: Hapag-Lloyd hikes outlook (again)
- Job action looms at Vancouver port over truck age policy
- More Shippers May Avoid Embattled California Ports
- Record container ship traffic jam as backlog continues to build
- Significant shift in vessel calls’ to Port of Savannah helps drive record year
- Some US ports seeing record volumes, more truck traffic
- Texas ports report record-breaking container, crude oil volumes
8. Regarding technology, dash cams, mirrors, side guards, and steering wheel:
- Anytime is the right time to perfect your technology stack
- Cameras on Windshield Remain FMCSA-Compliant
- Choosing right technology when sitting idle isn’t an option
- E-commerce firm PFS deploys Vimaan drones in warehouses
- FleetUp launches cargo security solution with real-time shipment management
- Flytrex grows drone delivery service 150% with new FAA approval
- How open API TMS systems increase efficiency and reduce bottlenecks
- Report: Amazon drone delivery crashes could cause another setback
- Technology will prove crucial during market downturn
- Tive introduces temperature logging label
- Viewpoint: How mobile technology is transforming supply chain management
- XPO enhances LTL visibility with piece-level tracking
- Driver-facing camera offers pats on the back
- Iowa DOT shares dash cam video from truck that toppled due to ‘slick floors, slick steel, and no securement’
- Research group seeks input from truckers on driver-facing cameras
- Researchers want to know how truckers feel about driver-facing cameras
Ford and General Motors are asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to allow up to 5,000 Level 4 vehicles without steering wheels to operate on the nation’s interstates.
I am most definitely opposed to this!
9. Regarding legal, limiters, and HOS:
- Nuclear verdicts in trucking industry need to be addressed
- Trial begins for commercial driver accused of killing seven members of motorcycle club in New Hampshire crash
- Werner settles lawsuit over fatal 2020 Texas crash for $150 million, denies any wrongdoing
- FMCSA’s speed limiters: Unsafe at any speed?
- Lack of enforcement, financial incentive causes of truck speed
- Speed limiters contradict driver retention goals, OOIDA says
- Court rejects Teamsters/Advocates’ case against ’20 HOS changes | Four new CARB-compliant reefer units
- DC appeals court denies driver hours-of-service challenge
- Driving time hours regs suspended in Texas | Driver in human smuggling case indicted
- Hours of service flexibility survives court challenge
- Hours of service review denied by court of appeals
- Knowledge of hours-of-services rules, logging devices plays vital role in driver’s job
- Trump-Era Hours of Service Rules Prevail Over Teamsters Lawsuit
10. Regarding tires, trailers, and training:
One “secret” from the first article linked in this section is “Consider the loads as well as pressure”.
- Walmart deploys 60-ft. multi-temp trailer in Ontario
- Walmart Canada Adds 60-Foot Multizone Refrigerated Trailer
- Carrier-school relationships enhance supply of new drivers
- How Poor Training Contributes to the Driver Shortage – Locking It In
- Rebalancing the Scales of Justice with Tactical Training in Trucking Litigation Defense
- Yellow Corporation opens tuition-free driving academy in Detroit
11. Regarding custom and Walmart Restored:
- VIDEO: Check out this highly customized Western Star truck with a bathroom, kitchen, and folding Murphy bed
This tractor has an extra long wheelbase.
With a built-in toilet, the tractor will also need to eventually get to a place where the waste can be drained off in a suitable place.
12. Regarding contest and awards:
- Nominations for Pilot’s Road Warrior contest open Monday, Aug. 1
- Road Warrior contest offers $30K in prizes to drivers
- Transition Trucking nominations due at the end of the month (searching for the top rookie military veteran driver)
We thank those who helped out their fellow human beings in a time of need and congratulate those who demonstrated skill so as to be recognized or awarded.
- All-star drivers honored by CPC Logistics at NASCAR race
- ATA Creates Award to Recognize DEI Efforts in Trucking
- FedEx Freight driver wins Kansas driving competition
- James Johnson wins 2022 Landstar All-Star Truck Giveaway
- Maxim Truck & Trailer owner awarded Order of Manitoba
- Owner-Operator Lenwood Ashton honored with Landstar’s Lifetime Achievement Award
- Trucker honored for using his truck to stop a driver who overdosed
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.