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.
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
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
Do you think there is a connection?
Please comment below.
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:
I posted online elsewhere:
I have told people that I personally believe that the Colonial Pipeline "cyberattack" was an inside job, deliberately planned and executed.
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:
One man who is well connected in the trucking industry remarked on Facebook regarding this article:
"So now we negotiate with terrorists. Got it."
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:
Prepare for months of detours.
Don't allow yourself to be involved in road rage.
Always be prepared for an inspection -- at any time.
If you're concerned about this, please contact your elected officials.
Never agree to haul illegal drugs, no matter how big the promised payment.
Never agree to haul humans like they are cargo, no matter how big the promised payment.
Don't get involved in things like this.
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.
These are non-Colonial Pipeline fuel-related articles.
Please learn from these accidents and do what is reasonable never to be involved any anything like what is reported.
Remember that there is no shortage of people obtaining Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDLs); what we have is a retention issue.
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.
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
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.