TDMST Weekly Round-Up: 2021.06.05
This is the TDMST Weekly Round-Up of news affecting professional truck drivers, written by Vicki Simons for the week ending June 5, 2021.
We welcome your comments, thoughts and feedback on the items of your choice below.
1. Regarding beef processor cyberattack:
In response to a post of this article on Facebook on June 1, 2021:
Cyberattack Hits Major Meat Processor and Parent Company of Large Trucking Fleet,
I wrote the following comment on June 2:
"I no more believe this 'narrative" than I believed it about Colonial Pipeline.
I think this was planned by insiders in order to spook people and make them panic, which is right where the elites want us.
Do not give them that power over you!"
Even so, the following is a list of articles from trucking industry sources about a so-called beef processor cyberattack.
Those things having been said, here are a couple of articles worth your time to read:
2. Regarding accidents, death, and ATRI:
For each of the articles listed below, I have provided some commentary:
- Medical incapacitation' caused fatal 2019 Florida crash, NTSB says
Please be very careful regarding the medication you take while you're driving, especially when you're driving a large truck.
- Truck driver was watching porn when he fatally struck an officer, evidence reveals
There is absolutely no excuse for this!
- Trucker fatally shocked when trailer made contact with power line, police suspect
The article and photo don't show how or where the "live wire" was when the trucker hit it.
Please pay attention to low hanging wires -- and if you drive a truck that has a raisable bed, make sure you always lower it before you leave the place where the truck's load was dumped.
- Trucker killed in crash caused by another truck driver striking and downing a highway sign
As of the time this article was written, there was no indication as to why the one trucker veered out of the lane of travel.
Was he distracted, drowsy, or what?
- VIDEO: Car hauler has a no good, very sad day
It's difficult to see in the video, but it looks like there may have been two things going on:
- Not giving sufficient room to make the turn; and
- Not having secured the car that came loose!
- VIDEO: Trucker makes a helluva save after a jackknifing truck busts across the median
This is the first time that I've seen a trucker "swerve" and not wreck his/her truck. That takes a lot of skill!
3. Regarding AB5, lawsuits, employment, and future:
4. Regarding politics, infrastructure, insurance, and regulations:
If you don't like what has been proposed on the federal level -- as has been listed in this section -- please get in touch with your federal elected officials to let them know!
Taxing businesses for this is not a good idea, in my opinion.
5. Regarding electric vehicles, emissions, fuel, and green:
I plan to do more research on this topic in the days to come.
Meanwhile, here is one article about "green" trucking and then one perspective on the "Green New Deal."
6. Regarding roads, bridges, capacity, LTL, and last mile:
I'm going to modify the definition of "capacity" as is written on the website of DAT.com to be the following:
Capacity: "In the trucking industry, the availability of space in trucks that can be hired or utilized to haul freight."
The reason why I say "space in trucks" is because Trucks With Room to Spare utilizes available space that isn't filled up, to help deliver needed products.
7. Regarding routing, saving, shipping, technology, and China:
When you're driving a commercial motor vehicle, please always use approved truck routes unless you've got a permit!
Do not rely on non-CMV-specific GPS units for routing.
We recommend using a good, old-fashioned truckers atlas.
8. Regarding tires, tolls, recall, and parking:
9. Regarding trucking, smuggling, and inspections:
Never offer to smuggle people or illegal goods -- ever!
10. Regarding consumers, gig, postage, and economy:
11. Regarding pay and retention:
- Why truckers move to guaranteed pay structures
- Trucker Pay Is Increasing, but a Driver Shortage Remains
In response to that second article, I made the following comment on Facebook (links put in place here):
Back in 2018, I wrote a page on our Truck Drivers Money Saving Tips website in which I found based on the CPI Inflation Calculator that based on the wages of truckers from May 1977 ($500 per week), that truckers were earning about 26% of what they should have, if wages had kept up with inflation.
The most current numbers available today for the CPI Inflation Calculator are for April 2021.
Using the $500 figure in May 1977, we find that that amount has the same buying power as $2,214.38 in April 2021.
$500 / $2,214.38 = 0.22
Multiply $2,214.38 x 52 weeks per year = $115,147.76/year.
$70,000 / $115,147.76 = 0.6
Based on these numbers, a salary of $70,000 is still only 60% of what truckers should be earning -- just to keep up with inflation.
Given just the money angle, it's no wonder that folks don't want to enter the trucking industry!
12. Regarding award:
Congratulations to all truckers who receive a reward for their excellence on the job!
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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