This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending December 19, 2020.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
I see the issue of the FMCSA allowing third party examiners to test CDL skills sets as very problematic because no matter how poor a student driver's skills may be, a third party examiner may think, "I promised this kid a CDL and he's going to get one!"
Recall the incidents associated with CDL-fraud in the past.
If you're currently going through a truck driver training school or have been hoodwinked into getting a "free CDL" by a company that eventually wants to exploit you, be aware that you need to learn basic skills before you go out on the road.
To be passed into getting a CDL when you are under-prepared to drive professionally will lead to problems, possibly huge accidents!
Is it that reporting is better than it used to be or are there actually more trucking accidents happening from truckers plunging off overpasses?
If the latter, what is causing these types of accidents?
Please learn from all of these accidents and actively work to prevent being in one.
May the Lord let justice be done for all who were involved in this scam!
I am totally against truckers getting a COVID-19 vaccination for many reasons -- the primary reason being that there are natural means of staying healthy and well -- but I am sharing these select COVID-19-related articles as a courtesy to keep you informed:
Regarding the article Trucking Seeks Liability Protections as Congress Debates New COVID-19 Aid, I feel compelled to ask:
Regarding Uber, Others Jockey for Early COVID-19 Vaccine Access for Workers, please be on your guard regarding any company anywhere -- including gig economy hustles -- that requires you to receive any coronavirus injection as a condition of employment!
Informed consent and due diligence are absolutely essential!
I see this as a bad move:
Also, be aware of:
Please learn from these articles to keep your truck in inspection-passing, safe and compliant condition at all times!
Also be aware of this projection: Expect to see about 25% fewer holiday travelers on the road.
I saw the title of this article -- C.R. England drivers could get a 25% pay increase and dug for details, examples of which include:
I feel compelled to share these thoughts:
First, why are the companies offering pay raises in such large amounts?
Second, are the companies having trouble keeping drivers and if so, why?
Third, what "extra" work will their drivers have to do in order to keep earning the increased income?
Fourth, let's ask the same question as is documented on our Inflation Calculator page:
"If 25,000 women were earning $500 [per week] in trucking in [May] 1977, how much would their income have to be today to have kept up with inflation?"
According to the CPI Inflation calculator, $500 in May 1977 has the same buying power in November 2020 (the most recent month for which information is available as of this writing), of $2,157.79.
Figuring this in reverse, let's say that a trucker covers an average of 2,500 paid miles in a week.
$2,157.79 / 2,500 miles = more than $0.86 per mile!
So, don't let these numbers fool you.
The raises still aren't keeping up with inflation.
My husband Mike and I wish you -- and all professional truck drivers -- safe travels and lots of money saving opportunities on the road.