TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.09.03

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending September 3, 2022.

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

TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding NTDAW, Labor Day weekend, theft, and violence:

NTDAW – National Truck Driver Appreciation Week

In 2022, National Truck Driver Appreciation Week will be held September 11 – 17.


Labor Day weekend theft

Always take precautions about where you stop, where you park for sleep, how you secure your rig, and more.

Keep your eyes and ears open on all holidays.


Theft

According to the TruckNews.com article linked in this section:

“…this year [thieves will] also be targeting expensive and hard-to-find CPC (common powertrain controller) modules from the trucks themselves.”

How can truckers prevent theft of these parts if they can be lifted from under an unlocked hood?


Violence

Regarding the road rage article below, I prefer to think of it as endeavoring not to bait or tempt someone to perpetrate violence.

 

2. Regarding AB5, legal, and HOS:

AB5

The article from TheTrucker.com linked in the section below states:

However, many independent contractors across the nation say they prefer to be independent contractors because of the flexibility and autonomy they enjoy. The new ruling could result in the death of the owner-operator and independent contractor business models in California.

If the law firm president cited in the article is correct — and companies will be “looking out-of-state for independent contractors instead of those whose live in California” — all kinds of interesting repercussions could result.

What do you think?

Will AB5 have a significant impact on prices, routes, or services in California?

Please comment through the form below.


Legal


HOS

 

3. Regarding inspections, maintenance, prevention, regulations, and animals:

Inspections

If you keep yourself and your rig in inspection-ready condition at all times, you will never be caught off-guard.


Maintenance

There’s an old saying:
“The squeaky wheel gets the grease.”


Prevention

There’s another old saying:
“A stitch in time saves nine.”


Regulations

Why do these underride guard articles come in clusters?


Animals

 

4. Regarding economy, pay, rates, surcharges, taxes, tolls, and UCR fees:

Economy


Pay

We do not necessarily endorse any trucking companies listed in this section.


Rates


Surcharges


Taxes


Tolls


UCR fees

UCR stands for “Unified Carrier Registration”.

 

5. Regarding autonomous vehicles and electric vehicles:

Autonomous vehicles

I oppose with every fiber of my being the operation of autonomous, self-driving, or driverless trucks on the same roads as the motoring public, but provide these articles as a courtesy so that you may stay current with what’s going on in the trucking industry.


Electric vehicles

A September 1, 2022, article entitled, “California asks residents to avoid charging electric vehicles during a Labor Day weekend heat wave” underscores the point that “electric vehicles” do not generate their own energy and are as “dependent” on a “recharging station” as a vehicle operating on “fuel” is on a “fuel station.”

Are electric vehicles more dependent on recharging stations than fuel-dependent vehicles are dependent on fuel stations (because the latter can potentially carry extra fuel with them)?

Please share your thoughts through the form below.

 

6. Regarding fuel, fuel – hydrogen, fuel – options, fuel prices, refinery, carbon, and emissions:

Fuel


Fuel – hydrogen


Fuel – options


Fuel prices


Refinery


Carbon


Emissions

Just be aware that anything that “breathes” has “emissions.”

 

7. Regarding accidents, fatalities, drugs, smuggling, and shut down:

Accidents


Fatalities


Drugs


Smuggling


Shut down

 

8. Regarding business, buying, parking, and same-day delivery:

Business


Buying

The article linked just below opens with this short paragraph:

A new report issued by ACT Research has found that a significant “prebuy” of Class 8 trucks is likely before the Environmental Protection Agency’s next round of emissions regulations targeting diesel exhaust emissions become law in 2027.

Let’s just hope that the powers-that-be don’t consider that actions done to get ahead of a curve don’t bounce-back on those taking action now.


Parking


Same-day delivery

The article linked just below opens with:

Changes in consumer demand paired with global supply chain disruptions present a unique challenge for businesses. Consumers expect increasingly faster delivery and companies of all sizes must compete for their attention.

Please do not allow the push for “same-day delivery” to cause you to get involved in an accident!

 

9. Regarding roads, escape ramp, and weather:

Roads


Escape ramp


Weather

 

10. Regarding operations, ports, and hemp:

Operations

There are points beyond which freight should be hauled and the article linked just below points out one of them.


Ports


Hemp

The article linked just below opens with this:

Since passage of the 2018 Farm Bill legalizing the cultivation and sale of hemp and its derivatives, a lack of guidance governing how the cargo is transported has been a potential barrier for trucking companies looking to take advantage of this emerging business.

Kevin Schultz, who is co-founder and president of 357 Hemp Logistics, was quoted as saying:

“I also think drivers need to be aware that if they’re using hemp products, there is some risk when taking a drug test, because although our rules are below 0.3% THC, there is some THC in the product.”

Bear in mind that truckers can be required to undergo a urinalysis at any time.

 

11. Regarding technology, testing, and training:

Technology


Testing


Training

“There is no such thing as a ‘free lunch.'”

So, if the CDL training described in the articles below is “free,” what’s the catch?

Please see our article:

Free CDL: What to Know in Advance of Getting a CDL for Free

 

12. Regarding recognition and awards:

Recognition

We recognize these folks for helping out their fellow human beings in a time of need.


Awards

We extend our heartiest congratulations to truckers who have demonstrated skill in their trucking careers — and/or who have gone on to win awards!

 

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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