This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending November 26, 2022.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding electronic IDs, predictions, economy, theft, holidays, and returns:
- Electronic IDs an ‘unwarranted intrusion’ on truckers, OOIDA says
- Trucking groups raise concerns about mandatory electronic identifiers
- Trucking industry slams FMCSA’s proposed electronic ID mandate
I wrote and submitted my own thoughts on this topic:
Toward the end of every calendar year, there are those who prognosticate the future — and the following articles include some of those predictions.
- Catching a Glimpse of Trucking’s Future
- Future outlook is restrained, says OOIDA update
- White Paper: Cautious Optimism – Industry Expectations for 2023
The following are some of the most recent articles about the economy from the perspective of the trucking industry in the USA:
- ACT Research: October net trailer orders higher than September
- Ambassador Bridge blockade escalated economic threat: Freeland
- ATA Truck Tonnage Index slips 2.3% in October
- ATA Truck Tonnage Index Up 2.8% in October
- ATA: Truck Tonnage Slips in October
- Business Equipment Orders Rebounded Sharply in October
- Carriers Feeling Cheery About On-Time Holiday Deliveries
- Cathay Pacific cargo traffic shrinks 25% in October
- Class 8 tractor market sees September dip
- FreightWaves Classics: Nike: Don’t put too many shoes in one basket
- How a Softer Economy is Affecting Transportation Earnings
- October Trailer Orders Surge
- Relationships, technology buoy carriers in down market
- Shippers’ conditions saw sharp decline in September
- Slow freight growth to continue in 2023
- Trailer orders soar in October as OEMs raise intake
- Trailer Orders Surge 82% in October
- Trailer orders surging as some component constraints stabilize
- Truck tonnage sees first monthly loss since beginning of pandemic
- Used Class 8 retail sales fall in October, countering seasonal expectations
While most of the articles in this section address potential cargo theft over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, the principles apply all year long.
- Alert: Cargo theft risk on the rise during Thanksgiving weekend
- Cargo theft spikes around the holiday Safety & Security Land Line
- Caution: Thanksgiving presents opportunities for cargo theft
- Plan ahead to reduce Thanksgiving cargo theft threat
- Protecting your precious cargo during the holidays – WTT
- Security experts: Thanksgiving weekend a huge target for cargo thieves
- Technology Can Help Deter Cargo Theft, Experts Say
- Tennessee truckers say “nobody even cares” about rise in cargo thefts, including police
2. Regarding fuel, autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, and emissions:
- AAA retail diesel average now $5.298 Fuel prices Land Line
- Benchmark diesel price down 8 cents; signs point to further declines
- Daily Infographic: Strong demand for diesel leads to high prices and tight inventories going into winter
- Diesel Sheds 8¢ to $5.233 a Gallon
- Electrolyzers drive green hydrogen craze
- Fuel prices dip as spot rates see late seasonal strength
- Fuel tax transparency is topic of Pennsylvania bill
- Renewable Diesel’s Carbon Reduction Potential in Trucking
- Renewable fuels offer big emission reductions: Diesel Technology Forum
- UPS hikes international jet fuel levies even as prices fall
- Weekly Fuel Report: November 22, 2022
With every fiber of my being, I oppose driverless, self-driving, and autonomous commercial motor vehicles on the same roads as the motoring public.
However, I share these articles as a courtesy to help you stay current with the topic.
- Autonomous-Truck Startup Unveils AI-First Waabi Driver
- DriveOhio set to deploy automated driving systems in rural Ohio
- Who’s Who in Self-Driving Truck Development
- New York Program Awards $18M For Electric Truck Deployments
- Port of Long Beach charging station is the first of its kind
- Volvo VNR electric trucks deployed in South Bronx thanks to $10M clean transportation prize
3. Regarding accidents, fatalities, spills, lazy, and alcohol:
Please familiarize yourself with the types of accidents described in the articles that follow so that you can avoid being involved in a similar one.
- Low clearance: Dash cam catches big rig striking notorious 10 foot 9 inch Onondaga Lake Parkway Bridge
- Icy road: Trucker loses control on icy Maine road, leading to multi-vehicle crash
- Failure to yield to law enforcement: VIDEO: Cop can’t stop big rig from barreling through downed power line
- Kicked up road debris: VIDEO: Mudflap tossed by one big rig shatters dash cammer’s semi windshield
We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of those who passed away.
- Trucker fatally struck by BMW while helping fellow driver connect trailer
- Trucker found dead after crashing into house
While the 3 “spills” were violations of the Clean Water Act, if you read the article, you will see that the spills were not deliberate, but all of the stemmed from a larger issue of trucks that “overturned down an embankment”.
If the company fixes the problem with overturned trucks, they will more than likely fix the problem with spilled raw milk.
- Trucking company to pay nearly $72K for multiple raw milk spills, including incident that killed truck driver
In the article in this section, the driver of a 4-wheeled pick-up truck decided not to clear off the snow before starting to drive.
Watch out for these types of vehicles and drivers.
4. Regarding inspections, brokerage, fines, violations, and fraud:
If you keep yourself and your truck in perpetual readiness for an inspection, you’ll never be caught off-guard.
- 36 drivers, 34 CMVs placed out of service during Georgia port-focused inspections
- More than 400 trucks inspected during Georgia distracted driving blitz targeting container haulers
- This truck’s tire was so bad that an Iowa Department of Natural Resources officer pulled it over
- FMCSA shuts down 2 related Texas carriers
- FMCSA shuts down 2 Texas trucking operations for ‘egregious violations’
- New York State troopers cited more than 400 truckers for violating weather-related CMV bans
- Risky Drivers: How to Spot the Red Flags
- California CDL fraud scheme ends with 20 convictions
- California CDL fraud scheme nets 20 convictions
5. Regarding last mile, layoffs, rates, and shortage:
Watch out for year-end layoffs and filings for bankruptcy.
- Former employee sues United Furniture Industries over mass firing
- Trucker arrested for taking furniture off truck after catching wind of mass layoffs at United Furniture
- United Furniture Industries suddenly lays off all workers overnight, OTR drivers ordered to stop deliveries
Keep yourself in perpetual readiness for being laid off and needing to get back home.
Please see our article:
- Concerns grow as US freight spot rates continue to drop below costs
- Freight demand has not found the floor
- Plunging spot rates drag down container shipping contract rates
- Spot rates finally see typical rate strength heading into Thanksgiving
- UPS hikes 2023 SurePost rates by 6.9%
- What do crazy $500,000-per-day rates say about shipping demand?
- White Paper: Q4 2022 Carrier Rate Report
6. Regarding HVUT, loyalty program, maintenance, and operating costs:
7. Regarding operations, roads, parking, reckless training, and personal conveyance:
You may want to read our article:
- I-40 in Tennessee shut down for fatal fiery head-on semi crash, per report
- Judge orders halt to work on teardown of Interstate 81 through Syracuse
- Reopening delayed for Troutville rest area on I-81 in Virginia
- Two West Virginia Turnpike rest areas to be renovated
- West Virginia to Renovate Travel Plazas, Add Truck Parking
- TikTok video shows driver parking his truck without being in it
- VIDEO: This out-of-the-cab semi truck parking maneuver sparks controversy
- Viral video shows man guiding 18-wheeler into parking spot from outside of cab
I saw this video on Facebook and wrote the following comment under the post and then on our TDMST Facebook page (with slight reformatting here):
Dear Continental Truck Driver Training & Education School,
By not having anyone *in* the driver’s seat with his/her foot *on* the brake pedal, you’re encouraging reckless actions of drivers of commercial motor vehicles!
Unless there’s a remote control setting on the tractor which I can’t see, there are only two ways for the truck to be moving:
1. Either the tractor is in reverse gear;
2. Or the tractor is out of gear altogether.
In both of these scenarios, an entire rig that is not remotely controlled won’t stop unless and until someone jumps in the driver’s seat and presses the brake pedal.
If a truck is being backed on a decline, the rig will pick up speed going downhill.
Plus, your video ended too soon.
We didn’t get to see:
– either what stopped the truck;
– or what happened to the building behind where the truck was being backed.
In my opinion, you’ve just encouraged bad actions from “CDL Drivers”!
Please note that we do **NOT** recommend such actions from truckers!!!
8. Regarding ports, railroad strike, supply chain, and sustainable:
When I saw the third article in this section below, I burst out laughing!
As I wrote in my January 8, 2022, TDMST Weekly Round-Up about the Los Angeles and Long Beach ports’ horrible logjam of ships waiting to be serviced there:
…Motivated people have gone to other ports, such as those on the east coast!
Innovative people don’t put up with bad service, but rather find another service provider or come up with their own solution!
So now, those ports are being bypassed.
While this situation is specific to ports, please apply the principle to your job and career in the trucking industry.
When you do an excellent job, you have earned the right to ask for more business.
If you do a sloppy job, you have “earned” the right to be replaced!
- East Coast Ports Continue to Gain Business Amid Concerns Over West Coast Labor Talks
- Gulf Coast ports continued to see rising volumes in October
- Zero ships waiting off Southern California, 59 off other ports
This situation drags on…
- 5 things you should know about a potential rail strike
- Potential railroad strike looms in December
- Rail union rejects proposed labor deal
- US supply chain under threat as unions, railroads, clash
- Holiday Shopping Season Brings Hopes for Supply Chain Improvements
- Understanding the supply chain: A conversation with Sapphire Ventures’ Demi Obayomi
9. Regarding winter, safety, seat belt, and healthcare:
- Battery management key to maximizing winter EV use
- Some roads begin to reopen for CMVs as NY digs out of historic snowfall
- What should you do if you’re in a snow squall pileup?
This infographic shares the following statistic (capitalization preserved):
In 2020 alone, NEARLY HALF of all drivers and occupants not wearing a seat belt in fatal crashes died.
Please don’t think you can outsmart the laws of physics.
10. Regarding trucks, tolls, testing, and technology:
- 5 Tips for Managing Inquiries When Selling Your Commercial Vehicle
- Which trucks hold their value the best?
- More Truckers Opt to Use E-ZPass on Ohio Turnpike
- Tolling is Getting Creative… and Costly for Trucking [Commentary]
11. Regarding switch driver types, tax credits, and moonlighting:
Switch driver types
- Some Owner-Operators Return to Fleets (link no longer online)
Some truckers are leaving the business of trucking, but not the occupation, which shows that reverting to being a company driver is not the worst thing in the world.
Other truckers may want something that they can do from the cabs of their trucks over the long-term.
12. Regarding food drives, freebies, and Giving Tuesday:
We recognize those who give back to truckers. 🙂
- Briefly: Idaho truck stop gives truckers free Thanksgiving meals
- Idaho truck stop continues beloved tradition of free Thanksgiving day meal for CDL holders
- VIDEO: Truckers enjoy free Thanksgiving feast at Boise Stage Stop for the 18th year in a row
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.