TDMST Weekly Round-Up 2022.12.17 is the trucking commentary on news affecting professional truck drivers for the week ending December 17, 2022, written by Vicki Simons.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding weather, inspections, brakes, and tires:
Every winter, some truckers run into foul weather, including weather that is so bad that they literally have to park to wait it out.
Examples of this include hurricanes, blizzards, and black ice situations.
No one can compel you to drive when it is unsafe to do so.
You will need to connect with your driver manager or dispatcher in order to let him/her know that you feel that it is dangerous to drive.
Even if the load you’re under is timed or if there is an associated financial penalty attached to a dispatch, it is better to be safe than risk being involved in an accident or — God forbid — a fatality.
Please feel free to look through some of these pages on our website for details:
- Your Driver Manager or Fleet Manager is the Key to Your Paycheck
- Dispatchers Punishing Drivers
- Captain of the Ship Policy and Unsafe Working Conditions
- Refuse to Drive a Truck When These Situations Happen
- Out of Service Truck: Trucker Stages a Showdown
- Whistle Blowing Truckers: STAA Law on Retaliation, Vindication
Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent weather-related articles from this week.
- Blizzard shuts down I-80 in Nebraska, Wyoming
- Blizzards advance north, east; travel treacherous in many areas
- Closure of every major road in northeastern Colorado leaves truckers stranded
- Cold Blast Threatens Eastern US as Gulf Coast Tornado Risk Lingers
- Intense winter weather expected in Wyoming & Nebraska through Thursday
- Massive US storm brings tornado warnings, blizzard threat
- Mysterious fog caused one of Tennessee’s deadliest crashes 32 years ago
- Nebraska DOT closes ALL roads into Colorado, no truck parking available west of Grand Island
- North Dakota troopers share dash cam of big rig crashing through road closure gate
- PennDOT issues major commercial vehicle travel restrictions for Thursday
- Pennsylvania planning big rig restrictions due to winter weather event
- Snow, Blizzards and Tornadoes to Sweep US This Week
- Storm blowing through California dumps snow in Sierra
- Tornado warnings issued in Dallas/Ft. Worth area for Tuesday morning
- Truckers say the Montana roads “weren’t bad at all” through last night’s winter weather
- VIDEO: North Dakota troopers use snow plow to clear stuck big rig
- Webinar: How weather monitoring can save you $1M in your freight business
- Winter storm complicates driving in Central U.S.; heading south and east
- Winter Storm Knocks Out Power in Multiple States, Tornadoes Hit South
- Winter weather nightmare spreads across nation, closing roads, prompting CMV restrictions
If you keep yourself and your truck in perpetual readiness for an inspection, you’ll never be caught off-guard.
- Challenging crash, inspection reports with DataQs
- Daily Infographic: CVSA Releases 2022 Operation Safe Driver Week Results
- Expanded inspection reports could increase costs at SAAQ-certified shops
- Layers of grime and snow trigger extra truck inspections
- Texas DPS resumes enhanced inspections at border
- Texas resumes random commercial truck inspections along Mexico border
- Texas resuming random inspections at border
- Texas troopers begin new campaign of ‘enhanced’ random CMV inspections
2. Regarding fuel, fuel cell, and fuel economy:
- AAA retail diesel average now $4.917
- Air Products, AES to Build Mega-Scale Green Hydrogen Production Facility
- Analysis: Future of oil, fuel prices depends on many factors
- Average US diesel prices drop for 5th straight week
- Cenntro to Unveil Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell Tractor at CES
- Daily Infographic: More ethanol was blended into U.S. gasoline last summer than ever before
- Daily Infographic: Petroleum and natural gas formation
- Diesel Plunges 21.3¢ to $4.754 a Gallon
- Drop in benchmark DOE/EIA diesel price is 2nd-biggest ever
- Fuel tax holiday again extended in Georgia
- Texas fuel tax changes pursued in multiple statehouse bills
- Transportation funds, fuel tax relief topics of Missouri bills
- Weekly Fuel Report: December 13, 2022
- Would Changes To Renewable Diesel Regs Cost Fleets Money?
- Wyoming to temporarily allow propane deliveries outside regular operating hours
Watch out for leftist-leaning elected officials and unelected bureaucrats to start blaming consumers for their choices when it comes to fuel economy not improving as much as the former groups personally desire.
Just because some fanciful idea or unlikely-to-be-achieved “policy” has been dreamed up regarding fuel economy does not mean that it is reasonable, feasible, or frugal.
In keeping with what is right in the sight of God, you must do what is right for you.
In the words of our Founding Fathers in The Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness….”
- Fuel Economy Flat in 2021, Emissions Down Slightly, Says EPA
- Fuel Economy Numbers Flatline in Latest NACFE Report
- NACFE Study Shows Flat Fuel Economy for Class 8 Vehicles Surveyed
- NRCan funding available for fuel-saving equipment
- Pace of fuel economy improvements has slowed, NACFE Fleet Fuel Study finds
3. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, emissions, and environment:
I most emphatically disagree with self-driving, driverless, or autonomous commercial motor vehicles being driven on the same public roads as other motorists.
However, I share these articles as a courtesy to help you stay current on the topic:
- Autonomous trucking developers slow their roll
- Embark, DHL Supply Chain tackle autonomous trucking roadblocks through long-standing partnership
- Full speed ahead: Bringing autonomous trucks to the road
- Outrider Autonomous Yard Trucks Can Attach Trailer Brake, Electric Lines
- Outrider puts the arm to autonomous yard trucks
- Uber Freight partners with Volvo to autonomously ship freight on select routes
- Uber Freight, Volvo announce autonomous truck partnership
- Volvo Autonomous Solutions, Uber Freight Announce Partnership
- Volvo Autonomous Trucks to Run on Uber Freight Network
If you are considering purchasing or leasing an electric truck, please do your due diligence — especially in light of articles about cold temperatures adversely affecting the driving range of electric vehicles (the following articles specifically regarding cars, but which may be applicable to commercial motor vehicles):
- Cold Temperatures Affect an Electric Vehicle’s Driving Range – Consumer Reports
- Check Out Winter And Cold Weather EV Range Loss Data From 7,000 Cars
Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles about electric vehicles:
- 3 Critical Challenges to Electrifying America’s Truck Fleet
- ATRI challenges electric truck transition timing
- Cold weather reducing electric truck range
- Fleet Maintenance Providers Prepare for Electric Trucks
- Is Range Energy offering the future of trailers? FreightWaves
- Kuehne+Nagel Deploys EVs in New Fleet-as-a-Service Offering Path to Fleet Electrification
- Mack Adds Order for LR Electric Refuse Truck
- Meijer becomes first retailer to run all-electric semi-trucks in cold climate
- Meijer to Test Electric Trucks in Cold Weather Environment
- Nuclear Science Breakthrough May Alter Future of Electric Semi Trucks
- RelGen Charges Truck Liftgate, HVAC Batteries without Idling
- Ryder Deploys Volvo VNR Electric Trucks
- Schneider adding nearly 100 electric trucks to SoCal intermodal fleet
- Schneider to add nearly 100 battery electric trucks to its fleet
- Schneider to Add Nearly 100 Electric Trucks
- Southern California Ports to Expand Electrification Efforts
- Surgenor Truck Group now EV-certified
- The Art and Science of Electrical Diagnostics on Trucks
- Volvo Receives Record Order for Electric Trucks in Australia
- Will Rise of Electric Trucks Bring Tire Design Changes?
- Canadian businesses face challenges in zero-emission truck journey
- Grants available for zero emission trucking fleets
- Trucking braces for new heavy-duty engine emission standards
On Tuesday, December 13, 2022, I presented a speech before the Aiken County (SC) Council, part of which was as follows:
At the 1992 Earth Summit, the UN [United Nations] unveiled its comprehensive plan for “sustainable development” known as Agenda 21, which stands for agenda for the 21st century and was renamed Agenda 2030.
UN bureaucrats and all world leaders who signed on to it, agree that the UN must regulate every aspect of every person’s life on this planet because — they say — every one of us affects the entire planet.
In a 1987 report, the concept of sustainable development was described as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Touted as a solution to everything from poverty to global warming, the 2030 Agenda is nothing more than a scheme to empower a global governing body and severely curtail the individual liberties of all citizens to live our own lives and run our own communities through our elected officials.
Following the objective of “sustainable development,” the proposed global regime would monitor, oversee, and strictly regulate all land, all bodies of water, and the atmosphere of planet Earth and would cover every person on the planet with global programs for healthcare, nutrition, agriculture, education, labor, energy, production, consumption — in short, everything.
So, if you followed that, you’ll now know from where the words “sustainable” and “sustainable development” come and what the instigators are trying to do.
4. Regarding accidents, low clearance, and drugs:
Please review the following articles about trucks being involved in accidents and see if there is anything you can do to avoid being involved in one that is similar.
- Hydroplaning pickup causes wreck with two semis
- Interstate blocked by highway sign pulled down by semi truck’s load
- Man severely injured, dogs rescued after RV slams into parked semi truck
- Road closed for semi crash off overpass
- Snow plow’s sudden u-turn sends load through cab of semi truck after driver slams brakes
- Three dead after party bus, tractor trailer collide
- Trucker arrested after Nebraska hit-and-run leads to chase, standoff
- VIDEO: Pickup crosses center line, sends toppling trucker off-roading
- What States are Doing About Wrong-Way Crashes
- Wild Wyoming jackknife caught on trucker’s dash cam
Please remember that you are a human being with a brain and that you’re not to blindly trust in any GPS system when it comes to operating a truck.
Also, never use a non-CMV-specific GPS unit when you’re driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle.
- Plans finally in place for functional Independence Avenue Bridge warning system
- Semi truck gets stuck under pedestrian bridge while avoiding poorly parked van
Never, ever haul illegal drugs, no matter how large of an incentive you’ve been offered.
- Agents uncover third largest meth bust in US Border Patrol history
- Over half of car crash victims had drugs or alcohol in their systems, a study says
- Prep drug and alcohol testing programs for 2023
- Study reveals more than 50% of people hurt or killed in crashes had one or more substances in their system
5. Regarding theft, violations, and violence:
It is never worth it to steal something from another entity (including someone else).
- CHP recovers over $500,000 worth of stolen Best Buy merchandise
- Ex-office manager, husband accused of stealing $600,000 from trucking company
- Police searching for driver accused of stealing child from mother’s shopping cart
Make sure that every part of every load is loaded legally and securely.
- CHP put the brakes on this oversized load for a slew of violations
- Iowa DOT catches wildly illegal load securement violation
- Police find no evidence of shooting after motorist accuses trucker of firing shots
- VIDEO: Can you guess what led to this driver’s behavior?
6. Regarding economy, dwell time, supply chain, and containers:
The following are some articles having to do with the economy from the trucking industry’s perspective.
- ACT Research: Demand for Class 8 tractors strong as 2022 ends
- ACT Research: Preliminary November net trailer orders show demand strength
- Amid bizarro inflation, frivolous goods are cheap
- Buying with user-first mentality can lead to success in FreightTech
- Canadian spot market rises impressively in November
- Cass: November shipments flat, rates seeing last of increases
- Cathay Pacific’s November cargo traffic shrinks on weak China exports
- Contract market contracts, squeezing larger carriers
- Environmental Group Says ‘No Evidence’ of Truck Prebuys
- Fed Hikes Rate by Half-Point, Signals More to Come
- Freight volumes fall in November even as rail strike threat, seasonality provide boost
- Global Trade Surges to $32 Trillion Record in 2022, U.N. Says
- Inflation Slowed Sharply to 7.1% Over Past 12 Months
- Low-volume Northwest becomes nation’s tightest region
- LTL industry taking rate increases as volumes drop
- M&A experts: Hot market for logistics acquisitions isn’t cooling
- Newest ACT Research report says ‘loose’ freight market should ‘rebalance’ in 2023
- November Class 8 Sales Second-Highest of 2022
- November Classes 4-7 Sales Dip 2.5%, Second-Least in 2022
- November Trailer Orders Climb to Year’s Second Best
- Plunge in US imports accelerates; volumes near pre-COVID levels
- Projected Class 8 truck activity improves
- Trailer orders remain strong
Quote from article:
“Drivers are leaving reviews on Google maps for the facilities they visit. They’re not getting all the information they need before they arrive at a facility for the first time. So they are finding ways to share that information,” Correll said.
- Deep deficit in supply chain automation’ harming companies
- Domestic Supply Chain Summit ’22 – WTT
- Supply chain on cusp of a revolution, says venture capitalist
- Supply chain risk, not economics, now driving reshoring interest
7. Regarding ELDs, technology, productivity, smart, and events:
If you live in or drive in Canada, please pay attention to these articles:
- B.C. to enforce ELD mandate Jan. 1
- Canada ELD enforcement kicks in Jan. 1
- Canadian ELD mandate set for Jan. 1 enforcement deadline
- Canadian ELD mandate taking effect Jan. 1
- Verizon Connect Fleet Platform obtains Canadian ELD certification
- Addressing data fragmentation can lead to actionable solutions
- Carriers work with drivers to navigate tech learning curve in challenging market
- Driving the future of human-machine cooperation
- E-booking platforms take freight rate management to next level
- Final 3G network prepares to go offline Products & Services
- NHTSA to Investigate GM’s Cruise Robotaxi for Braking Issues
- Technology platforms as a service in high demand
Was the trucker driving the bobtail (tractor only) to be applauded or condemned for this maneuver?
Please comment through the form below.
8. Regarding restroom, parking, truck stops, and health:
We understand that not all Commercial Motor Vehicles have a sleeper berth in which to put a portable toilet — and we know that some trucking companies forbid the use of a portable toilet in their trucks — but we share these articles anyway:
- Review of Portable Toilet in a Big Truck: Thetford Porta Potti®
- Portable Toilet 2: Reasons to Consider Having One in Your Truck
Meanwhile, here are some of the most recent articles about bills regarding bathroom or restroom use for truckers.
- Bill aims to provide restroom access to truckers
- Bill requiring bathroom access for truck drivers introduced in U.S. House
- Bipartisan bill requires restroom access for truck drivers
- New bipartisan ‘Trucker Bathroom Access Act’ introduced in House
- New legislation provides bathroom access for truck drivers
- New legislation requires businesses to provide bathroom access to truckers
- Data reveals where truckers are parking at roadside
- Top 20 Dangerous Highway Ramp Spots For Truck Parking
- Truck parking bills: OOIDA asks members to push for it
- Virginia rest area shuttered since May reopens with more truck parking
These articles about new truck stops or the addition of truck parking spaces:
- Love’ opens new stores in 4 states, adding 290 new truck parking spaces
- Love’s opens three new truck stops in Iowa, California, and Illinois
- Love’s three new locations add total of 231 truck parking spots
- TravelCenters of America adds 78 semi-truck parking spaces with new central California store
9. Regarding AB5, legal, operations, ports, and politics:
- AB 5 update: OOIDA files for preliminary injunction
- New AB5 case calendar means no California trucking injunction until May, if ever
- OOIDA requests preliminary injunction against AB5
- How spilled hot coffee 30 years ago changed trucking industry
- Joliet, Ill., faces class action lawsuit over trucker ticketing practices
- Regulatory Victories Mark 2022, but New Challenges Lie Ahead
- Truck driver accused of ramming and injuring Nebraska trooper, leading to pursuit and standoff on I-80
- Trucker charged for running over 86 goats
- UFI customers can’t recover assets from shuttered facilities
- Wrestling with proposed DOL rule on independent contractors
- Daily Infographic: Myth vs. The Real Deal – Seat belt safety
- Dangerous driving behaviors on the rise
- Naughty or Nice: GasBuddy study reveals US cities with the ‘Scroogiest’ holiday drivers
- LA/LB imports drop double digits; slump predicted through spring
- Port of Charleston Poised To Increase Freight Transportation
- Ports Close Out Year of Change; Infrastructure on Tap in 2023
- Texas Steps Up Safety Inspections Along Ports of Entry
- Volume decline gives Port of Savannah operators a breather
10. Regarding employment, retention, shortage, and pensions:
- Food distributor successfully turns warehouse workers into drivers
- Motive lays off 6% of workforce, blames slowing demand
- Recruitment Normalizes After Freight Surge Slows
Please be aware of the fact that even though truck driver pay is critical, different things motivate different truckers.
- Driver Recruitment and Retention Agencies Release Fall 2022 Truck Driver Survey Results
- Q&A: Rusty Rush Talks Tech Retention and Trucking Trends
- Trends report shows pay a critical theme in driver retention
- Uncovering the biggest trucking retention misstep
- Viewpoint: The important role return policies play in customer retention
- There is no driver shortage, only a pay shortage, truckers and OOIDA agree
- Truck driver shortage in Japan spurs new cargo airline
I disagree with the federal government intervening in this matter because none of the three branches — legislative, executive, or judicial — has the constitutional authority to do so.
If there’s a problem with pensions — for truckers or others — the root(s) of the problem needs to be found and fixed.
- $36 billion federal bail-out rescues pensions of truckers and others
- Biden announces pension fund bailout for truckers, others
- Teamsters’ pensions get $36B bailout from Biden
11. Regarding concerns, predictions, year end, and survey:
- Survey shows safety, finances top concerns for some fleets
- Trucking groups share concerns about Labor Department proposal
You may want to review the information on these pages before the end of 2022 and the beginning of 2023:
Meanwhile, enjoy these other articles:
- Resiliency, visibility key themes for retailers in ’22 and beyond
- Trucking: A year in rearview – WTT
- New truck driver survey offers in-depth peek into personal lives
- Survey: Drivers feel unsafe beside commercial trucks
12. Regarding recognition and award:
We recognize those who had compassion on their fellow human beings in a time of need:
- Driver honored for aiding trainer who was having allergic reaction
- Trucker comes to aid of college students stuck in bad weather
We congratulate those who have achieved a milestone in their trucking careers:
- APTA honors safety, professionalism in annual trucking industry awards
- Transition Trucking: Driving for Excellence award winner to be announced Friday
My husband Mike and I wish you — and all professional truck drivers — safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.