TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.09.10

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending September 10, 2022.

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

TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding NTDAW:

We wish that professional truck drivers were appreciated year-round — not just one week out of the year!

Be that as it may, here are some of the most recent articles on this topic:


2. Regarding railroad strike, technology, and ELDs:

Railroad strike

There have been rumors that there could be a strike of the trains and railroad companies.

If so, this will put pressure on the trucking industry to help fill in the gap.

Of course, there are not enough trucks — or truck drivers — to fill in the gap, should this strike take place.

Please keep your eyes and ears open on this — and remember not to ever be so rushed that you make mistakes that could cost a lot of time, money, or your career…


There are points beyond which one should trust technology.



3. Regarding issues, HOS, and personal conveyance:


If you are a professional truck driver, please feel free to provide requested feedback.


It seems that the DOT/FMCSA are so eager to keep emergencies going.

But why?

If this issue affects you, please stay on your guard.

Personal conveyance

The caption under the top photo on this page reads:

In the age of electronic logging devices, personal conveyance is one of the few remaining ways unscrupulous carriers and drivers can hide HOS violations. But more often than not, it comes back to bite them in a big way.

Definition from the article:

Personal conveyance (also called PC) describes time spent by regulated drivers operating commercial vehicles for personal use in off-duty status.


4. Regarding economy, rates, closure, UCR fee, and tolls:




There may be more of these closures in the days to come, not only because of fewer workers, but because of less consumer income with which to buy things.

I think that it is very interesting that — of all large companies — has been affected by the economy.

UCR fee


Although you may not like having to pay a toll to travel on a road, do the decent and honest thing by paying any all tolls you owe.


5. Regarding accidents, fatalities, and drugs:


Please review these articles and endeavor not to repeat the circumstances that led up to the accidents:


Our deepest sympathies go to the families of those who died.

This may sound depressing, but one author wrote on September 1, 2022, that it has been observed that once someone has been “jabbed,” it is taking an average of 5 months for them to pass away.

I have a feeling that that is part of the reason why we are seeing so many more accidents on the road these days.

The phenomenon of people having “d!3d suDD3nly” appears to be real.

Please keep your wits about you.


Never, ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how big of an incentive you are offered.


6. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and blackout:

Autonomous vehicles

I totally oppose the operation of autonomous, self-driving, or driverless commercial motor vehicles on the same roads as the motoring public — but share these articles to help you stay current with the topic.

Electric vehicles


Quote from the first article listed in the section immediately below:

In an ironic twist, California officials are encouraging ocean-going vessels not to plug into shore power for several days to reduce demand on the electric grid during a record heat wave and instead use dirtier energy sources for power at berth because the electric infrastructure installed to cut pollution, including climate-warming greenhouse gasses, is now under threat.

If the state of California is having this much difficulty now, what are things going to look like when they outlaw fuel-powered vehicles?


7. Regarding fuel: efficiency, hydrogen, natural gas, and prices:

Fuel: efficiency

Quote from this article:

While fleets may have little control over the price of a gallon of diesel, they have a great deal of control over the number of miles they get from it. In fact, if they spec and operate their vehicles correctly, they can get free fuel for some portion of the year.

Fuel: hydrogen

Fuel: natural gas

Fuel: prices


8. Regarding AB5, carbon, training, coaching, business, and recruiting:



Regarding a number of the initiatives that have been foisted on us in the 21st century, I found this quote to be spot on:

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their consciences.

— C. S. Lewis
(1898-1963), British novelist
Source: “God in the Dock” (1948)


Watch out for all schemes that attempt to “tax” the building block of life.






9. Regarding lawsuits: contractor, deaths, fraud, and reversal:

Lawsuits: contractor

Lawsuits: deaths

Lawsuit: fraud

Lawsuit: reversal

This if the first time I’ve ever read of a situation like this, especially in the trucking industry.


10. Regarding maintenance, mechanic, oil, and tires:




In the USA, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve is lower, in my opinion, than it should be.



11. Regarding operations, recall, and politics:


Never stop on a railroad crossing!




12. Regarding awards:

We recognize this trucker who helped his fellow human being in a time of need!


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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