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TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2021.05.15

This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending May 15, 2021.

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

 

TDMST Weekly Round-Up

1. Regarding cyberattack: closure, consumer, DOT/HOS, gouging/prices, politics, ransom, responsibility, restoration, restrictions, routes, shortage, trade, and wake:

The biggest news over the past week has been the "cyberattack" of Colonial Pipeline and the subsequent shortage of fuel in the southeastern USA.

On our TDMST Facebook page on May 10, I posted:

Vicki received a Google alert as follows about the trucker shortage on Friday, May 7, 2021:

Trucker shortage could make it harder to fill your tank this summer - CBS News
https://www.cbsnews.com/video/trucker-shortage-could-make-it-harder-to-fill-your-tank-this-summer/

Then, on Saturday, May 8, 2021, I got the link to this article:

'Jugular' of the U.S. fuel pipeline system shuts down after cyberattack
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/cyberattack-on-critical-pipeline-freezes-deliveries-to-us-east-coast/ar-BB1gvwaD

Do you think there is a connection?

Please comment below.

Thanks.

Although I have looked at numerous articles (many of them listed below) about this situation, I will be very frank in saying that the timing of this is too convenient.

There are some things that I feel are missing from this "narrative."

Among them are these:

  • Where is the response from the U.S. Department of Justice regarding this so-called professional hacking group?

  • Where is a replica of the so-called ransom note?

  • Where is the official apology from the head of Colonial Pipeline to customers inconvenienced by the shortage?

  • Unless it was planned, how would Colonial Pipeline know when they would have their pipeline reopened?

  • Why wasn't the head of the IT Department at Colonial Pipeline fired for incompetence?

I posted online elsewhere:

  • "In my opinion, no company -- with such a big share of the fuel market -- is so stupid as to 'allow' their controls to be hacked."

  • "In my opinion, this fuel shortage situation was an inside job that was designed to make the people panic and more afraid than they were already."

  • "Remember the 3 stages that have happened over and over again:
    Problem, Reaction, Solution."

I have told people that I personally believe that the Colonial Pipeline "cyberattack" was an inside job, deliberately planned and executed.

I am not the only person who feels this way. (link, link)

We will find out in the coming weeks if there is some massive piece of federal legislation that is pushed down the throats of the American people in response to the Colonial Pipeline "cyberattack" -- just as the PATRIOT Act was foisted upon us after 911.

Be that as it may, here are some articles about this "cyberattack" from trucking publications, broken into topic areas:

Closure


Consumer


DOT/HOS


Gouging/Prices


Politics


Ransom

One man who is well connected in the trucking industry remarked on Facebook regarding this article:

"So now we negotiate with terrorists. Got it."


Responsibility


Restoration


Restrictions


Routes


Shortage


Trade


Wake

 

2. Regarding roads: I-40 bridge and Indianapolis interstate

Another huge news item this week was the closure of I-40 at the Arkansas/Tennessee state line because a crack was discovered in a bridge support.

I commented on Facebook:

"These bridges are supposed to be inspected regularly."

"Thinking of how this could have happened:

- this crack happened 'all of a sudden';

- the bridge was neglected during so-called inspections; or

- an inspector somehow didn't do his job right (or got paid off).

Any other options I overlooked?"

Meanwhile, here are some articles about this:

I-40 bridge

Prepare for months of detours.


Indianapolis interstate closure

Don't allow yourself to be involved in road rage.

 

3. Regarding inspections and insurance:

Inspections

Always be prepared for an inspection -- at any time.


Insurance

If you're concerned about this, please contact your elected officials.

 

4. Regarding drugs, smuggling and illegal:

Drugs

Never agree to haul illegal drugs, no matter how big the promised payment.


Smuggling

Never agree to haul humans like they are cargo, no matter how big the promised payment.


Illegal

Don't get involved in things like this.

 

5. Regarding autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles, fuel, and emissions:

Autonomous vehicles

In that I am 100% opposed to autonomous, driverless and self-driving vehicles, I am sharing these articles to help you stay current with the news.


Electric vehicles


Fuel

These are non-Colonial Pipeline fuel-related articles.


Emissions

 

6. Regarding accident and ELDs:

Accidents

Please learn from these accidents and do what is reasonable never to be involved any anything like what is reported.


ELDs

 

7. Regarding economy, employment and shortage:

Economy


Employment


Shortage

Remember that there is no shortage of people obtaining Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs); what we have is a retention issue.

 

8. Regarding recalls:

 

9. Regarding operations and rates:

Operations

Pay attention to what is around your truck as you drive -- and seek to install mirrors or cameras on your truck so that you can see all around.


Rates

 

10. Regarding taxes and politics:

Taxes


Politics

If you want an easy way to reach out to your federal lawmakers on this issue, see the background information and online form here::

Oppose Unconstitutional, Anti-Free Enterprise PRO Act

 

11. Regarding training:

 

12. Regarding award:

Congratulations to the two truckers mentioned in the articles that follow for having been recognized!

Keep striving for safety and better skills as a trucker.

 

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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